The Spitting Fountain of Munich

I like images that are not always what they first appear to be. It looks as if this family is upset because the fountain was spitting at them. Of course that is not the case. I am sure it is also not called The Spitting Fountain of Munich

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The Spitting Fountain of Munich

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Pittsburgh Whiskey Snob

OK, I’ll admit it I am a Whiskey snob. Growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1960’s I knew nothing. It was a shot an a beer or boilermaker. I didn’t care what kind of beer or whiskey. As I matured and traveled I began to appreciate Kentucky Bourbon. Traveling the world I was educated in Single Malt Scotch and Irish Whiskey. In Japan I discovered Suntory.

Moving back to Pittsburgh I discovered my city had progressed from a shot and a beer. You still may order that but now it would be “Oh I’ll have a Goose Island IPA and a shot of Knob Creek Rye.”

The Butcher and The Rye has a wall of Whiskey with over 700 brands. The even have their own special batch of Knob Creek. We even have our own distillery with another one to open this year.

Recently I visited Las Vegas and went into a place called The Whiskey Bar. The service was fine and the food was good but the selection, meh. I was not impressed, kind of average by Pittsburgh standards. You be the judge.

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Whiskey Bar Las Vegas

Mountain Textures

<a href="http://https://www.blm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/nevada/red-rock-canyon”>Red Rock Canyon is a National Conservation Area and managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

The texture of the different rocks and the structure of the mountains make this a truly interesting wild west terrain. I wonder if the shallow cave has been used for shelter for man or beast.

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Mountain Textures

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

<a href="http://https://www.blm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/nevada/red-rock-canyon”>Red Rock Canyon is a National Conservation Area and managed by the Bureau of Land Management. It is not a National Park so like Bears Ears National Monument to the east it can easily be unprotected by arrogant and greedy politicians.

However In this snapshot of time it is still beautiful and pristine. It looks like the real west at every turn. There is a 14 mile scenic drive and many hikes and rock climbing opportunities.

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Red Rocks Canyon

Red Rocks Canyon

Purple Haze

I have visited Las Vegas many times but usually on business and never made it very far from the strip. This time we finally made it to Red Rocks National Conservation Area.

Considering the greed and corruption of our current government I suggest you go quickly before they start, fracking, digging or otherwise destroy this beautiful wilderness. It is truly a magnificent area for climbing or hiking and if your not in the mood the 14 mile scenic drive will provide an easier way to explore the beauty of the area. This purple bush caught my eye. A splash of color in the wilderness.

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Purple Haze

Yet Another Mexican Sunset

When I am in Mexico I am always on the lookout for a couple of things. Pelican images and sunsets or sunrises. I have so many great images of pelicans that I don’t publish them any more.

I need to still get the pelican money shot.I am trying to get one emerging from the water at sunset with a fish in his mouth. Until then, proably not too many pelican pictures.

However each sunset is unique and hard for me to resist sharing. Here is another one from this year’s trip.

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Yet another sunset

Bird of Many Colors

We seem to visit the National Aviary a few times a year. You get to know the cast of characters. The Penguins even have name tags! This is one little bird I had never seen before. You can find him in The Grassland exhibit.

The docent told us what kind of bird it was but I cant remember. It is one of the most colorful birds I have ever seen. The variety of colors make its special.

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The National Aviary

The National Aviary