The architecture of the campus buildings is beautiful.
A large "flashlight" sculpture in the center of campus was simply... well... odd.
Ruth liked the statue in front of the Thomas & Mack Center, the university's arena. Tarkanian was a well-loved coach at her husband's high school. Ruth says, "Tarkanian coached at Redlands High while Roy was a student there (and I was too, but I didn’t know anything about the coach). He then moved around—to Riverside, Pasadena, Long Beach, and finally to Nevada. He was known for recruiting at risk kids and making them play with discipline and success."
Las Vegas is in the desert and the campus has many desert gardens and plants that were in bloom. The campus also has a great art museum that we spent time in.
|A striated rock? Or petrified wood?|
Of course, I take photos of birds wherever I go. The campus and Las Vegas (at least the part we were in) was full of pigeons, Great-tailed Grackles, and Mockingbirds.
|Two Northern Mockingbirds have a stand off|
|Great-tailed (I presume) Grackles were everywhere|
|This Lesser Goldfinch was in the xeric gardens on campus|
Even the World Cup events had Las Vegas style entertainments at every break. Here two aerial artists perform above the arena.
Although Las Vegas is mostly entertainment and overconsumption, we found a bit of environmental awareness in areas near campus. One person, I presume a student, has painted city structures with endangered plants and animals of Nevada.
Sunday we flew home, Ruth to Sacramento, I to Portland via Salt Lake City. The mountains were snow-tipped as I flew into Salt Lake.