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by Andrew Kiraly | posted October 17, 2014
Yes, this display of mannequins is as eerie in real life as you'd expect.
They don't know it's fall
by Heidi Kyser | posted October 9, 2014
Flowers in the courtyard of Greenspun Hall at UNLV.
by Scott Dickensheets | posted October 3, 2014
Photo enthusiasts love weather shots because the sky does all the work — I mean, look at those primping clouds, ready for their close-up. I took this during the most recent rainy spell. The sky opened up for, it seemed, just 10 minutes, but it was a hard-rocking 10 minutes — it just poured. Then the rain fled, leaving this sunset vista as a lovely parting gift.
The Great Basin -- it's such a great basin!
by Christopher Smith | posted September 19, 2014
Scenes from a trip to the Great Basin by Desert Companion Art Director Christopher Smith, who shot photos for an upcoming story about the area: striking autumnal color changes, above, and a look down the gullet of Lehman Caves, below. This is a great time to visit this east-central Nevada gem, he says. "I thought it would be colder, but it was really gorgeous."
Render unto Caesars ...
by scott Dickensheets | posted September 12, 2014
by Andrew Kiraly | posted August 29, 2014
Looking back after a hike through Lake Mead's Anniversary Narrows.
After the fire
by Scott Dickensheets | posted August 22, 2014
Burned land alongside Kyle Canyon Road, on the flank of Mount Charleston.
Dog days of swimming
by Andrew Kiraly | posted August 15, 2014
When the Vegas heat notches in the triple digits, everyone loves a refreshing dip in the pool. Well, almost everyone.
Old (faux) wood
by Scott Dickensheets | posted August 8, 2014
A close-up, black-and-white look at the detailed replica of a bristlecone pine — Nevada's state tree and the longest-living organism known to man (possibly excepting Abe Vigoda) — displayed in the lobby of the Nevada State Museum, in Springs Preserve.
by Andrew Kiraly | posted August 1, 2014
So what happened was we were at the lake recently, and we ran over a rock shoal in our rented pontoon boat, shredding the propeller and stranding us west of The Narrows without cell service. This guy was nice enough to give us a tow, so we gave him some sangria to take back to his boat.
You can call me al fresco
by Scott Dickensheets | posted July 25, 2014
Just the place to take in a little warmth from the sun.
by Christopher Smith | posted July 18, 2014
A tree and its shadow on the CSN West Charleston campus.
by Andrew Kiraly | posted July 11, 2014
At a Fourth of July party, the one bright, glowing thing that won't burn your fingers.
Friday Photo: The Better Late than Never Edition!
by Scott Dickensheets | posted July 7, 2014
Pop quiz: Is this ...
1. A black thread on a really badly tended carpet, like the one in this crappy old house I used to rent?
2. An aerial photo of a lonely road in the desert, geeked up with all kinds of Instagram filters?
3. My final functioning neural pathway, floating in a brown paste of overcooked brain cells thanks to the July heat?
Answer: While all three are entirely plausible, and No. 3 is undoubtedly accurate, the correct answer is No. 2.
Have your own candidate for a Friday Photo? Submit it to email@example.com.
by Andrew Kiraly | posted June 27, 2014
Above-ground power lines: rare these days, but often beautiful with the right angle.
Get on the bus
by Andrew Kiraly | posted June 27, 2014
A corner of a bus on a corner.
Friday Photo 2: The Mondaying!
by Scott Dickensheets | posted June 23, 2014
Ducks at Henderson's Cornerstone Park.
Off the deep end
by Andrew Kiraly | posted June 20, 2014
Is it un-Las Vegan to be fussy and squealy about getting in an unheated pool?
Got a snap for Friday Photo? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
That deer is going nowhere
by Heidi Kyser | posted June 20, 2014
Spotted in the Huntridge neighborhood.
Friday is fly day
by Heidi Kyser | posted June 13, 2014
Tourists make their (apparently) last stop at Las Vegas Premium Outlets.
by Andrew Kiraly | posted June 6, 2014
The east side of the Griffith United Methodist church downtown. In the morning light, the motley panels of glass make it look like steampunk Tetris or something.
You looking at me?
by Scott Dickensheets | posted May 23, 2014
Bikes and bears
by Heidi Kyser | posted May 16, 2014
These costumed characters cheered up bicyclists at the lunch stop on the Goldilocks all-women’s bike ride outside Salt Lake City on May 10.
Darkness on the edge of town
by Scott Dickensheets | posted May 9, 2014
Shot this with my phone through the window of a Southwest Airlines flight inbound from Los Angeles. My vague notion: Google Earth with an attitude! The trickery is probably obvious: I set my camera to negative mode to get the weird, silvered-blue color scheme and hellish sky, then ran it through Instagram to jack up the wierdness a little more.
by Andrew Kiraly | posted May 2, 2014
This totally happened in the Nevada Public Radio parking lot on Recycling Day. Coincidence or a high-five from Mother Earth?
by Heidi Kyser | posted April 25, 2014
Recycling or heading to landfill? That’s what I wondered as I followed this truck to work.
by Scott Dickensheets | posted April 18, 2014
Your view of the world takes on a fragmented quality when you see it in the mirror-mosaic surface of a gaudy vase, this one on the shelf at The Find, a store on Sunset Road.
by Heidi | posted April 11, 2014
These dried palm tree fronds I passed on a recent walk were neatly bundled like a bouquet.
War speed night bench
by Andrew Kiraly | posted April 11, 2014
A bench at night in downtown Las Vegas.
Man and nature
by Scott Dickensheets | posted March 28, 2014
We spotted this pigeon, enmeshed in a plastic six-pack holder, in downtown Las Vegas as he did his best to peck up stray food morsels while also doing double duty as a metaphor for the often-chaotic intersection of nature and man.
Last year we couldn't spell "sesquicentennial," this year we're having one!
by Scott Dickensheets | posted March 21, 2014
2014 marks 150 years since America, possibly against its better judgment, let Nevada into the union. Statehood, yay! What more appropriate way to celebrate than with a large, heavy book? Here, in the hand of its editor, Geoff Schumacher, is the only copy currently in Nevada of that very volume — the official large, heavy book of Nevada's 150th. (Disclosure: I served as assistant editor and I still don't have a #%&*! copy yet.) Be patient: You can get your own hand on one of these bad boys come June 12, when the book will launch with an event at the Clark County Library.
Signs of early morning life on Water Street
by Scott Dickensheets | posted March 14, 2014
A few folks are up and around before 7 a.m. in downtown Henderson.
by Scott Dickensheets | posted March 7, 2014
It looks like some ancient amphitheater — two men enter, one man leaves! — but it's just the terraced bank of a flood-control basin in Henderson.
by Scott Dickensheets | posted February 28, 2014
A moody weather shot — with slight note of man's detritus tangled in the tree's branches — seemed the proper snap for this occasionally rain-spitting afternoon.
Leaving, on a jet plane
by Scott Dickensheets | posted February 21, 2014
It's Friday, time to fantasize about getting away. We'll get you started: Picture yourself here, in McCarran's Terminal 3, waiting to board a jet to [dream destination] ... where are you headed?
by Scott Dickensheets | posted February 21, 2014
This is happening right now at CSN's Charleston campus.
Birds, water, greenery
by Andrew Kiraly | posted February 14, 2014
From a recent morning spent shutterbugging at The Wetlands Park:
Dawn breaks softly on the wetlands. The streaky contrails add a military-industrial touch of picturesque menace.
A heron ponders the mortality of all living things in an unimaginably vast and inscrutable universe. The roiling stream makes the water look almost snow-like.
Not sure what kind of bird this is, but "rose-necked rock-stander" works for me.
by Andrew Kiraly | posted February 7, 2014
Doing a lot of walking in prep for our March sports, leisure & outdoors ish. This is a shot from the Lone Mountain Trail. Okay, it's not a trail, exactly, but it is kinduva cool, secret suburban backway sidewalk that sneaks among the office blocks and subdivisions in the northwest, following a concrete culvert before leading to a nice little park.
by Andrew Kiraly | posted January 31, 2014
A snap of the cloudalicious weather huddling today outside our office.
Tripping the light Jurassic
by Scott Dickensheets | posted January 17, 2014
Eye to eye with a dinosaur sculpture at North Las Vegas' Aliante Nature Discovery Park, 2600 Nature Park Drive. Hint: When you visit, and you should, don't wear open-toed shoes. In addition to dinosaurs, this place is home to, conservative estimate, a million geese, none of whom appear to be park-broken. Step carefully.
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