It was such a beautiful day out Bill and I decided to take a little walk in The Wetlands. The day was neither hot nor cold, big blue sky and no wind, just a very slight breeze.
The wetlands at the eastern edge of the Las Vegas Valley are a rare and strikingly beautiful ecosystem that serve as home to more than 200 species of birds, including herons, egrets, quail, hawks, ducks and exotic migratory birds, as well as 70 species of reptiles and mammals such as beavers, bobcats, coyotes and snakes.
The entire Las Vegas Valley watershed, encompassing some 1600 square miles, drains to Lake Mead via the Las Vegas Wash. That portion of the Las Vegas Wash downstream from the urban area of Las Vegas is a green oasis of wetlands and water courses nourished by the treated and purified wastewater of Las Vegas on its return journey to Lake Mead and the Colorado River.
Trails wind alongside ponds and streams, through mesquite woodland, rich greenery and picturesque desert vistas, offering an exquisite retreat, a peaceful sanctuary seemingly a world apart from the bustle and commotion of the city.
We could here the burbling of the water before we saw it.
One of the many trees that were burned in the fire I wrote about a couple of months ago.
Just some of the different plants.
Walking along a dirt/gravel path to one of the small lagoons.
There are really nice board walks around this one.
Some turtles sunning on a rock.
The dry desert is never far away.
One of the many little waterfalls in the area.
Another look at the turtles for a little further on the trail.
I think there were the geese again.
Just thought it was pretty with all the different plants.
Another burnt tree with new green growth around it.
Lots of burnt trees.
Water and a meadow.
Walking toward home. We only live about 1/4 mile from here. Took more pictures but will share them tomorrow.