Monthly Archives: April 2016

Business Trip Bonus #2: Hoover Dam

My second excursion while in Las Vegas after business hours was out to Hoover Dam. Built at the height of the Great Depression of the 1930’s as a way to control the Colorado River and generate electricity (also water for the surrounding areas). The dam is a marvel and once you look down upon it from the newly constructed Pat Tillman Bridge you really get a true sense of the utter scale of this project and what it took to build.

The very next thing that you’ll notice is the white “bath tub” ring on Lake Mead that shows just how much the years and years of drought have had on the area. Yes, that’s well over one hundred feet below where it should be and if it drops much lower they will not be able to generate electricity.

The Colorado River leaves the Hoover Dam flowing under the Pat Tillman Bridge

The Colorado River leaves the Hoover Dam flowing under the Pat Tillman Bridge.

hoover dam lake mead

The Hoover Dam water intakes on Lake Mead. The water should be just below the bridges connecting the water intakes!

The Hoover Dam intakes on the Arizona side.

The Hoover Dam and what’s left of Lake Mead on the Arizona side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip: Because of the tripod issues from the day before, I decided to boost the ISO and hand hold for these shots, the key is to develop a good solid stance and brace you against something.

 

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Vegas Business Trip

 

I recently made the most of a four day business trip to Las Vegas with evening trips to Red Rock Canyon and Hoover Dam (Hoover Dam will be posted very soon). The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is an awe inspiring park about twenty miles outside Las Vegas and for a small admission price you can enjoy a beautiful loop drive offering plenty of places to stop, get out and hike, bike, climb, picnic all the while taking in the desert views and wildlife.

Getting these shots proved to be a bit of a challenge due to the thirty to forty mile an hour winds and my use of a unfamiliar tripod but, with the sun approaching the horizon on a cloudless sky you have to adapt quickly and I did. It also helped that I wasn’t driving (Thank you to my co-worker Theresa).

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Red Rock Canyon as sunset nears.

A foot path leading to one of the sandstone outcropping

Red Rock Canyon path

A shot of the sandstone with divergent patterns and people

Putting it into perspective.

 

 

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