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Friday Photos: From the Ground Up

In the parking lot of a Henderson Von's. Whether this mask slipped from a shopper's hand, or was contemptuously discarded by a guy with unfashionable sideburns and a Don't Tread on Me tramp-stamp, it sums up Nevadans' ambivalence toward strict COVID-19 hygiene. The leaf may function as a too-maudlin signifier of hope, but let's go with that interpretation anyway. Photo by Scott Dickensheets

At a Juneteenth Strip rally raising awareness of racial injustice, police and demonstrators at the Linq find themselves sandwiched in close quarters -- you might call it a protest burger. Photo by Brent Holmes

On a hot, clear June Saturday, the ruins of Rhyolite outside Beatty are a stark reminder of how everything is fragile in the face of time.

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Smoke belches from a metal sculpture based on the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign at Area 15, the art, retail, and entertainment complex slated to open later this fall. Photo by Brent Holmes

I used a long-exposure app on my cell phone to see if I could capture the essence — and interplay — of the whooshing breeze and mid-morning light during a recent visit to the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. The result reminds me of an abstract painting. Photo by Scott Dickensheets