Cloudy Mountains

After picking up my medication from the pharmacy, I decided on a whim to have a drive west to the usual places I photograph to capture the clouds hugging the peaks, Please pardon the redundancy of these photos? The Nikon Z50 did a darn nice job capturing the beautiful colors and the clouds up there this morning, do you agree? It’s still so cold though at around forty-five degrees. Cold for this desert rat anyway! I’ll be glad when it’s warm enough for a bike ride…

More Desert Photos

Are you guys tired of my repetitive desert photos? I hope not, as usual, I took way too many photos out there the other day. I hope that you enjoy the beauty of the Mojave Desert as much as I do. Today would be a fabulous day for a hike at Calico Basin, but my damn lower back just won’t permit this, it’s painful to walk and it was painful having to stand for the time it took to make another fresh pot of guess what? You guessed it! I wish that I could share a bowl with you.

The First Test Set

What do you think of these new photos taken this morning just west of Las Vegas? Not too shabby at all in my view. I did notice that the focus ring and zoom rings were a little hard to decipher when I was focusing and zooming. They seem a bit too close together for my not-so-small hands. These photos are all over the place between fifty millimeters and sixteen millimeters. I was amazed at how many people were there, it’s not usually that busy during the weekdays…

Red And Hard

These photos were taken two days ago when the clouds were being kind. I’ve been reading up on the iPhone 12s technical specifications regarding its camera vs the iPhone 12 ProMax version. The ProMax version has two things my phone doesn’t have but I frankly find them irrelevant.

I’ve looked into different camera applications for the phone and concluded that the best application available for my needs is already installed. One interesting option that I had forgotten about is using externally mounted lenses. They have been available for a good while now but I’ve never considered trying a set of lenses.

They aren’t terribly costly, the better systems can run from around $100 bucks to double that but if it will add more versatility to the phone’s camera, it may be worth the investment. Anyway, these were taken using the iPhone.

Big surprise, eh?

Reds And Blues

Here are a few more photos from the desert yesterday under a sunny sky which is still sunny this morning! This makes John a cheery man. Mostly sunny and 54 chilly degrees are on tap for the valley today, I am considering putting on an extra sweater and going for a ride today, I miss riding the new E-Bike! And, I think that my back is just well enough now to handle a ride. How has your weekend been thus far?

Here’s A Random Set…

All the way from 2018 I give you a random collection of photos this afternoon. The little dinosaur was found in the parking area at Calico Basin, someone’s child is crying somewhere! But, it does point out that there are still live dinosaurs in the Mojave Desert. The old aircraft might be a McDonell Douglas aircraft. And the trash at the garbage bin was right in front of my apartment back in 2016, I despised that apartment and still do. Apartment life sucks!

Treasure Island Resort seems OK, I’ve never been inside the place. The Stratosphere Tower was likely photographed heading south on Las Vegas Boulevard, well north of the main venues, you are probably familiar with. Finally, the photo with the building in the foreground is the One Summerlin Building, located in Downtown Summerlin. Many of the big-name resorts are visible in the distance which is much further away than they appear in the photo.

Just West Of Town

Just west of town in the open desert as I call it is where I ended up this morning. It’s that wonderful time of year when the summer heat is fading away, and the nights are in the mid to upper 60s. I took a short walk too around Calico Basin. I snapped around sixty photos today, here are just three to begin this little series. These photos are from 50mm Nikkor.

The Panoramic Spin

Here is a video from the drone I no longer own a few years ago just west of the city. There is no audio and I think the drone was at 400 feet when the video was recorded. The main road you see is Charleson Boulevard. You can also see Calico Basin, a favorite location for photographing birds and Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels. To the west, you can see the Red Rock Escarpment covered up with clouds too. The video length is just 46 seconds.

The Old Stuff

Since I am currently out of new photos, here are some old photos. Those hugging piggies were my mother’s as she loved pigs! The cane photo was taken in my old apartment, probably in 2016. The Joshua Tree photo was taken near Red Rock Canyon with the old Nikon D3300 body, that was a good camera.

The horse lives in Calico Basin at one of the few homes there, such a good pose isn’t it? The two people waiting for the bus are I assume, homeless but I hope not. The forecast for Las Vegas today is for sunshine and 106F, a little bit warmer today, those 100+ temperatures will be here through the week.

More Desert Views

I don’t know if anyone can notice the difference, but I can. These photos are different from those taken before I had a lesson from a pro photographer yesterday. The photos are closer to what I actually see when out there shooting in terms of all the many colors including the blue sky. But what do you see?

New Photos From A Desert Cruise

Here are ten new photos from today during a short cruise to my favorite local places out there that some of you also recognise. It’s just a bit cooler out there since it’s higher, how much higher I am not sure. What do you think? These are in my view the best of the thirty photos I took. It’s currently 105F under a very sunshiny sky.

The sky is that blue…

North and Southwest

In the first photo, you are looking southwest at an ancient fault line or escarpment if you wish. As far as I know, this fault line has been dormant for a very long time. If you could fly, rising over the ridge and continuing west would land you in Lovell Canyon, another beautiful place I haven’t been to in a long time.

In photo two you are looking almost north and at Red Rock Canyon proper. You can’t see it in the photo because it’s basically a huge gash in Earth’s skin and is very deep. You need to be in front of it to see it. It’s a favorite for tourists and locals alike. The canyon is inside the BLM Fee area so you’ll need to fork over some cash to enter.

In 2020, you had to make an appointment with the BLM to enter the 12-mile long scenic drive due to Covid.