These photos were taken in and around Calico Basin, one of my favorite places to visit.
Since I was in Calico Basin the other day, I of course must photograph my cute little friends called Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels! Those little hands and feet are tiny, this time I was armed with proper seeds for the squirrels instead of tossing peanuts. The squirrels prefer the larger black seeds which are sunflower seeds, not sure, and the rest of the seeds are perfect for the many birds that live there. Learn more about this squirrel.
These photos are from yesterday’s ride west of the city. The weather got weird last night with the continuing high winds then rain moved into the valley but didn’t dump much which sucks. I awoke to sunshine and blue sky, but the temperature had dropped sharply to the upper fifties from the low to mid-seventies.
Sunshine and 72 degrees are online for today which is nice but the eighties are coming back in a day or two. I have a doctor’s appointment today, such fun.
These birds are very attractive and have the sweetest call and sound as they scurry about. They seem to cluster together under the thick scrub brush too, all the while making those cute sounds. The tuft feathers on the head are attractive too. This link takes you to a page with lots of information about these very cute birds.
I would like to have better photos than these, they aren’t as close or sharp as I would like…
I’ve been out most of the day and decided to head back to Calico Basin this afternoon. I have several photos of this cutie and several photos of California Quail too which I will upload next. It’s a beautiful day today but very windy again. Big surprise… Yeah, I tossed the peanuts, at least it’s not bread! I need a bag of seeds.
Good morning, here are some older photos that I took in Calico Basin about three years ago. The designs and colors are beautiful, aren’t they? The photos do them no justice really! 68 degrees and partly sunny are in store for the valley today, I may take a nice bike ride later. What are your plans this Humpday?
I managed a six-mile bike ride this afternoon, it was nice to get out again but even wearing layers it’s still a bit too chilly.
Continuing with more photos from Calico Basin, the colors are amazing when the sun strikes the multicolored rocks. The other photos nicely show the change in elevation on the west side of the valley that can make your ears feel like they need to be popped! Cloudy and 53F are on tap for Las Vegas today, a forecast that I am not happy with! The winter months are my least favorite here, I may as well have a cabin back home in Michigan and go snowmobiling!
The beautiful Mojave Desert
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…
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.
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…