Picture(s) And Video A Day – 2 October 2010 – Storms And Mt. Charleston
Yes, I’m still alive and blogging I know I haven’t been posting as much as I used to and I want to try to make it up to y’all
Yesterday saw thunderstorms coming up from the south into and through Las Vegas. I took the opportunity to go play in the rain, watch the lightning, and listen to the thunder in the desert 8) And yes, I took pictures
I normally start with pictures and put the video at the end of a post, but I decided to change it up a bit.
Those are all the pictures you see here along with a little bit of video. The description I put up on YouTube says,
So that’s the video. Now on to the pictures
The storm was still down a little ways off to the south but it was coming in, no question about that. I’d seen it on the weather radar and I could tell it wasn’t just a little rain shower. This Metro officer had the right idea – get the whirlybird on the ground
This was taken from the same spot as the helicopter picture above but looking south instead of north. Can you see all the rain shafts coming down from the clouds? I love this type of thing
Don’t worry – this pic was a very quick snap of the shutter on my camera phone while the car was completely stopped
This pic was taken on the way north on Highway 95. You can’t really see Mt. Charleston here because of the rain.
Take a look at the left side of the horizon in each of the above pictures and you’ll see the famous Las Vegas Strip Gotta love those wide open spaces
While getting in and out of the car for the above pics the rain had a chance to get into the car – it was coming down just about straight sideways
Yep, I was on my way up onto Mt. Charleston
I don’t get to see this very often now that I live in Las Vegas.
If you haven’t guessed yet, this is one of my favorite places to visit on Mt. Charleston
I’ve been on a lot of mountains in the American southwest and this still strikes me as funny. I think that’s some sort of fir or spruce tree in with the manzanitas and other scrub foliage. Definitely not normal but hey, it’s Vegas
I had to dial back the exposure to get the structure in the clouds, but that’s about what they looked like to me. Pretty cool!
I thought this was a pretty cool scene too with the differences in geography and light all in one frame
Here’s a view looking north from the lookout. You can see the rain falling on the Sheep Range in the distance.
What a difference a few months can make! This is just about the same place I took some pictures back on 23 May when it was snowing like crazy One of the best pictures is here and the post it’s from is here
These two pics are just about the same, but one is a bit wider than the other. One of the trees on the side of the ski run caught my eye with its bright yellow color
Here we have yet another ski run and a couple of lifts, but I took the picture because of the colors – we don’t have a lot of green down here in the desert
The air was cool and damp and smelled of wet forest. I could get used to that
Yes, the sign is misspelled. I thought it was funny to see it in the off season and I hope to find a way to come back when it actually has some meaning
Nope, I haven’t seen one of these in quite a while! With cellphones everyone has instant communication with them all the time so they’re dying out. I know they’re still around because I work in that field, but I really took notice because this is an area where nobody has cell service and it might come in handy sometime. I thought about this and tried my blue OnStar button and found out that the blue button and the emergency buttons for OnStar work even here – those are on a two-way satellite service that works just about anywhere you can go in your vehicle
I can’t count the number of days I’ve spent in Vegas when the temperature soared over 110° and sometimes that was by a wide margin. I’m done with summer for this year and ready for fall. Shorts, flip flops, and a T-shirt are more suited to warmer weather, but I just enjoyed being freezing cold for a while
Right before this picture was taken, my Canon point and shoot digital camera finally gave up the ghost. This image and those that follow it were all taken with my cellphone. Having a 3.1 megapixel camera built into your phone can come in really handy sometimes
Leaving Mt. Charleston and the forest behind didn’t take much time. I’d say it was about 30 minutes or less from the time I was in the evergreens to the time I was in the joshua trees. Gotta love the scenery when the sun gets low in this area
Here I was just south of Indian Springs. I figured I’d grab a snack and a soda in the gas station. Believe me, the picture really doesn’t do this scene justice. It’s nice to have some texture in the sky for a change
That’s all for now. Here’s hoping you liked the pics and the video and that you have a great week
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