Monday

Site Introduction

Welcome to my Photo Gallery. With more than 1,478 posts and counting, many containing multiple pictures, I estimate that there are now more than 6,150 pictures on a wide variety of subjects scattered throughout the site that have received more than 318,898 page views. Because most of the pictures shown here have been captured while hiking areas in and around Las Vegas, the site has somewhat evolved into more of a hiking journal; listing and describing the places I have visited. There are five ways to find information on the site. [1] To locate a page on a specific place or subject, use the SEARCH THIS BLOG box located in the upper left side of the home page. For additional ways to locate specific pages ... {click "Read more >>" below}

Sunday

Recently Added Pages

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February 2018 Posts (by Category & Title)
NEW - Rabbits - Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis)
NEW - Birds - American Coot (Fulica americana)
UPDATED - TUSK - Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument - Trip Notes for 10/30/2012

NEW - TUSK - Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument (TUSK) - Summary Page
UPDATED - Tule Springs - Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs - Summary Page 
NEW - Tule Springs - Floyd Lamb Park - Trip Notes for 02/12/2018
UPDATED - Grand Canyon - Grand Canyon West - Skywalk
NEW - Lake Mead - South Cove & Pierce Ferry Landing
NEW - My Books - To Read the Book "Rock Art of Nevada's Great Basin" 
NEW - My Books - Book Preview of "Rock Art of Nevada's Great Basin"
NEW - My Books - Book Preview of "Nevada Rock Art"
NEW - My Books - Book Preview of "DIAL - Daytripping In & Around LasVegas"

January 2018 Posts (by Category & Title)
NEW - Henderson - Terrazza Park
NEW - Bellagio Botanical Garden - Bellagio's Conservatory Botanical Garden - Yr of the Dog
UPDATED - Kingman AZ - Powerhouse Visitor Center and Museums

UPDATED - Kingman AZ - Amtrack Depot and Model Railroad Museum
UPDATED - Kingman AZ - Mr. D'z Route 66 Diner
UPDATED - Kingman AZ - Kingman Arizona - Summary Page
                  
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Thursday

Tule Springs Archaeological Site (TUSK) - Trip Notes for 02/21/2018


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This page last updated on 02/22/2018
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Directions: There are three commonly recognized entrance locations for the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument; refer to the "future  kiosk" (in red) on the map in (Fig. 02). When looking for the area of the area of the 1962-63 "Big Dig", a four-month intensive study chronicled by National Geographic, this 1,000 plus acre site is represented as the pink hatched rectangle on the map in (Fig. 02). It is east of Decatur and north of Horse Drive. The intersection of Aliante Parkway and Horse Drive is the best location for entering the area containing several parts of the trenches dug during the "Big Dig" and the original camp site.
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02/21/2018 Trip Notes: Today, Bob Croke, Jim Herring, Ron Ziance, Harvey and I drove to the Aliante Pkwy location to enter the Tule Springs Archaeological Site in the TUSK National Monument in search of the trenches dug during the "big dig" (Fig. 01). The picture in (Fig. 01) beneath the sign was taken at the corner of Aliante and Horse Drive looking due north. The sides of the road in this area are fenced and marked "TUSK" as the boundary of the national monument in an effort to prevent people from taking off road vehicles onto the site. (Fig. 03).  The view in (Fig. 01) was taken at this location looking out into TUSK. To read more about this national monument go to ... Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument (TUSK) - Summary Page. In 1933, quarry workers unearthed a pile of bones from a mammoth. The site became known as "Tule the Baby Mammoth." This discovery led to the Tule Springs expedition, led by paleontologist Fenley Hunter of the American Museum of Natural History. During the "Big Dig" of the 1963-64 They had one of the world's largest bulldozers dig nearly two miles of trenches in search of fossils (Fig. 04). Though they were originally quite deep, some of them were subsequently partially filled in. The location of this trench can be seen on (Fig. 05). Then, in 2004, it is said that almost 10,000 fossils were removed from the southern portion of the area and curated in the San Bernardino County Museum in California. Of the thousands of fossils that have been excavated within the now Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, probably the most recognized fossil is the tusk of a Columbian Mammoth (Fig. 06). The map below is an aerial view of the area we hiked (Fig. 05); the area where the "big dig" occurred. As we entered the monument, we headed out across the barren Las Vegas Wash in a north westerly direction (Fig. 07). (Con't below)

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Trip Notes Continued: From this point we weaved our way across the wash (Figs. 08-10). Once we reach the power line we turned west until we encountered what we thought look liked a large trench (Fig. 11) facing north. Turning and heading south (Fig. 12) we eventually came to the entrance of a crumbling trench that had signs on both signs saying "No Entry". At the very end of this long trench we came upon a grouping of shells and snails (Figs. 13 & 14). On the hike back to our starting point I passed a Desert Tortoise burrow that seemed to be several deep (Fig. 015). Though we didn't see any fossils, it was a pleasant hike. We're looking forward to maybe hiking this area again with a knowledgeable guide in the near future.

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Sunday

Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens)

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This page last updated on 02/18/2018
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Picture Notes: On 02/06/2011 I made a follow-up visit to Floyd Lamb Park as I felt my stop there last week with the senior group was much too short. In a little over an hour I snapped 375 pictures. About half were of the peacocks, and the other half were of water fowl, mallards, snow geese, Canada geese, etc. After nearly two hours of reviewing when I got home, I whittled this number down to around 150 and I’m still having a hard time reducing this number down to just a few really good ones. Of the more than 150 pictures that I ended up with, I think these shots of the Snow Geese were among my favorites. It was shot on the shore of Tule Springs Lake, the largest of the four lakes at Floyd Lamb Park.

Snow Goose Description: The Snow Goose (Figs. 01 & 02), also known as the Blue Goose, is a North American species of goose. Its name derives from the typically white plumage. This goose breeds north of the timberline in Greenland, Canada, Alaska, and the northeastern tip of Siberia, and winters in warm parts of North America from southwestern British Columbia through parts of the United States to Mexico. Outside of the nesting season, they usually feed in flocks. In winter, snow geese feed on left-over grain in fields. They migrate in large flocks, often visiting traditional stopover habitats in spectacular numbers. Snow geese often travel and feed alongside white-fronted geese; in contrast, the two tend to avoid travelling and feeding alongside Canada grey geese, who are often heavier birds.

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Tuesday

Daytrip - Floyd Lamb Park

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On 02/12/2018 Jim Herring, Blake Smith, Connie and myself decided to have a picnic in the park.Even though I have visited this park more than a half dozen times, this is the first time I've come for a 'picnic' in the winter. It was sunny and near 70, but the winds made it feel colder. The picture left is where we picnicked. When then stolled around the park taking pictures of the birds, ducks, geese, peacocks and rabbits. Click here for more pictures and to read about this visit ... Floyd Lamb Park.