I have a bit of an addiction to viewfinders. I would never, ever, ever, in a million years, use one. But I’ll photograph the hell out of them.
Mom and I went to the top of the Empire State Building (102nd floor!) on Saturday morning. As you can well imagine, I took A LOT of photos. This is one of my favorites. So far…
I’m on a train on my way to NYC, so it somehow seems right to be editing photos from one of last year’s trips to the city. :)
The Valley of Fire derives its name from red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs, 150 million years ago. Complex uplifting and faulting of the region, followed by extensive erosion, have created the present landscape.
Other important rock formations include limestones, shales, and conglomerates. Prehistoric users of the Valley of Fire included the Basket Maker people and later the Anasazi Pueblo farmers from the nearby fertile Moapa Valley.
The span of approximate occupation has been dated from 300 B.C.E. to 1150 C.E. Their visits probably involved hunting, food gathering, and religious ceremonies, although scarcity of water would have limited the length of their stay. Fine examples of rock art left by these ancient peoples can be found at several sites within the park.
Bleeding Hearts: one of my very favorite spring flowers.
Mountaineer notecards… coming soon to an Etsy shop near you…
Does anyone find it surprising that New York New York was one of my favorite casinos in Las Vegas? No one? Me either. :)
I spent an extra day in Las Vegas to do some sightseeing after a recent work trip. I did two very cool things that day. The first of which was the tour at the Neon Boneyard. I can’t possibly recommend it enough to anyone who has even the vaguest interest in signs, history or photography. It was incredible. I took hundreds of photos that I will be editing for a very long time to come.
Shown above is a portion of the sign from the old Moulin Rouge Hotel in Las Vegas, rearranged to read ”In Love” instead of “Moulin Rouge.” The Moulin Rouge was the first desegregated hotel casino. At that time, the other casinos on the Strip were off-limits to blacks unless they were the entertainment or staff. The sign was designed by Betty Willis, creator of the popular “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign on the Strip. (Fun fact from the tour: the lettering style used in the Moulin Rouge sign was Betty’s own handwriting. She was unable to find a typeface she liked, so she used her own.)
The second very cool thing I did that day was drive to Valley of Fire State Park. There are no words. There will, however, be photos. Soon(isn).
This morning I went to the National Arboretum in search of cherry blossoms. I didn’t find many. I did, however, find lots of beautiful tulips.
Lazy days in the sunshine. What a difficult life.
A lazy day today as I attempted to get back on Eastern time from Pacific…
Most of Wednesday was spent on a plane, so not the most exciting of photo ops. I took this shot while waiting in line for 45 minutes to get a taxi at the Palms after dropping off my rental car.
Yesterday I drove a luxury SUV through the desert and mountains. It was incredible. No photos can do the experience justice.
Inside Caesar’s Palace. :)
DC was very, very foggy on Monday morning. You couldn’t see a thing, including the Capitol dome. This is from the terrace of my office building, where on a normal day, the Capitol is more than visible.
It took me several month to decide which decal I wanted for my MacBook. Here’s the one I decided on… It showed up today. I love it.
Nothing to see here. Just another lovely spring day in the nation’s capitol.
Yes, that’s snow.
There’s a pretty decent chance I will be out of town and completely miss the cherry blossoms this year. So, I’m taking plenty of photos of the early blooming trees I find now.
Silly, cold spring. Sigh.
Over the next few months, they’re putting scaffolding around the Washington Monument so they can begin repairs from the 2011 earthquake.
I fully plan to track its progress because this isn’t something you get to see every day.
The morning light in my office tends to be quite interesting this time of year.
It’s another rainy day in DC.
I have an addiction to this sculpture. I can’t pass it without taking a photo (or ten).
After well overdoing it at the gym this morning, I spent a lazy afternoon with my kitties and Girls. All in all, good day.
I made a set of notecards for a friend today. :)
Light and shadows on the wall of the Mosaic District parking garage…
So, there’s some snow in northern VA…
My latest craft project: photo note cards.
Yes, I do sell them. ;)
Lots of wise words to be found at Caribou.
“I just want to break that song into piece and love them all to death.” ~ Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park
I love books. For the past couple years, I’ve read nothing but ebooks on my Kindle, first, and now my iPad. Only the most special of books get purchased in hardcover and kept on my shelves. Rainbow Rowell’s latest, Eleanor & Park, was the latest book to earn a coveted spot on my bookshelves.
Man, I loved that book. So much I’m virtually incapable of forming coherent sentences about my love for it.
It was a lovely day for a walk around the Mall at lunch… for February, anyhow.
This book. I’ve been waiting for this book for months. I finished it in one day. I inhaled it. I loved it.
I have nothing else right now.
I spent some time at the zoo today. It’s been awhile since I’ve been there. I had a really difficult time deciding which shot to make my photo of the day… but this little guy was adorable.
It was a dreary, foggy morning in DC. I decided to brave the weather and check out the city in the foggy haze.
On Friday, I went back to the library to feed my audiobook addiction!
I’m not afraid to admit I’m a wee bit obsessed with the Multiverse sculpture at the National Gallery of Art. Today was the first time I’ve taken time to enjoy it from a different angle, however.
The first 2/3 of the day on Friday was absolutely gorgeous. (For February.) I decided to celebrate the day by walking to the Botanic Gardens at lunch to get some much-needed fresh air and time away from my desk.
Happy Valentine’s Day, or as my (sometimes) cynical self likes to call it: Yucky Love Day. ;)
I read a lot. But I do almost all of it on my iPad, so I forget just how much I love libraries (and book stores)! Yesterday I decided to wander into the local library to take a peek around for a few minutes. I ended up leaving with a book on CD that I hope will make my commute more enjoyable. And of course, a photo or two of the shelves of books. :)
Part of American Eagle Outfitters’ “We Love” window display at Tysons Corner.
I have a thing for Metro stations. Especially since I don’t spend a lot of time in them. They’re novel to me now.
I love Sunday morning movies. This time it was Silver Linings Playbook with my roommate. I simply can’t say enough good things about that movie. It’s definitely my favorite of the Best Picture noms. So far at least.
I don’t mind snow a bit when I don’t have to go anywhere. =)
This morning’s commute was another of the snowy variety. Totally could have been worse though.