The photos below are what we saw.
from the window of our room was interesting, but I could not
open the window for a clear shot. Sadly, the windows were
quite dirty, preventing a good photo. But, the photo above
gives you an idea of the view. The building at the lower
left of the photo above is a parking structure. The bottom
right is the roof of the Monte Carlo's gaming area.
to the south of our location was the New York New York hotel and
the promotional billboard for the MGM.
to get a reasonable shot of the nightime views, but the dirt on
the window made that impossible. The odd glow around the
lights are due to the dirt.
woke me up and I was able to get a shot of the Vegas sunrise.
Note the helicopter in the upper right of the photo above.
The commuter flights start before sunrise so visitors can see
the sun rise over the eastern mountains.
space-age looking structure on the left is part of the Aria
Hotel. The area between the Aria and the Monte Carlo was
undergoing construction. The structure at the bottom
center of the photo is the tram station for the MGM
properties. The tram must have cost a fortune, but it only
stops at MGM properties thus "keeping patrons within the MGM
into the car and headed west toward Red Rock Canyon. The
temperatures were moderate, but there was residual clouds from
the storm a few days previous. The storm dumped snow on
the upper reaches of the Spring Mountains.
of red and white sandstone are visible within the park.
area of mountains was formed due to uplift, folding and
faulting. Note the arch of a monocline in the photo above.
from the visitor's center shows both the red and white sandstone
rock in the far cliffs.
spotted this young rabbit in the parking lot of the visitor's
the car on the loop road and got close to the sandstone
cliffs. Note the person on the flake at the bottom center
of the photo above.
erodes and weathers rather fast (for stone) and can produce
interesting patterns. These cliffs were once sand dunes
and the bedding of the dunes is visible in the rock.
broke through the overcast to provide better lighting.
There had been a recent "burn" in the area; note the stumps of
the Joshua Trees. The multicolored strata are clearly
visible in the far canyon walls.
white sandstone abuts the red sandstone producing an interesting
was starting to win the war with the clouds providing partial
views of the peaks beyond.
cliffs in the distance were steep and rugged.
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