Super Grungy

I still have a few leftover photos from the other day, so I created this super grungy image. Yucky, eh? There are storm clouds all around my place at this moment, but not one drop has fallen at my place. The systems move generally north so I hope the dark clouds to the south will pass overhead soon. Water is life, right?

Veer Left

Some of you are familiar with that wall of rock in the distance, this is Charleston Boulevard well west of the city near Red Rock Canyon and Calico Basin. A flash flood warning has been issued for Las Vegas and surrounding areas until 1AM, that’s good news unless you are in the path of a flash flood!

In And Around Calico Basin

These photos were taken yesterday before the flash flood warning was issued for the Spring Mountains. The rain came over this area about four hours later, I can see the rain cells to the west of my home.

I wanted to get some photos of those adorable little Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels but they were once again not to be found. Apparently, they are very smart and hide somewhere from the powerful desert sun.

Perhaps underground in little tunnels, smart! There were no birds either in the area where I get the photos of the squirrels, not even a California Quail which I always see there.

I’ll have to wait until autumn to get those photos. How is your Thursday going?

A Leftover Sunset Photo

Actually, I have three or four more left over but that landscape shot is the last one from the other day outside of the city. It’s currently 108F with just eleven percent humidity as I write this next little post up. I almost cracked a sweat just walking to the mailbox and back a few minutes ago, whoa!

Another Sunset Photo and The Gloomy Desert

Yes, just one more sunset photo last eve, the colors are popping nicely in this one too. I did a great job of dirtying up Rainbow Mountain too, thanks to Photoscape X on the MacBook.It’s been beautiful today with the temperature hanging around 70 degrees, I’ve been pruning the bushes out front throughout the day. All that’s left to be done is to scuffle hoe the rocks to make them look less sunk into the ground around the palm tree.

Motorcycles In The Desert

The Red Rock Overlook is a busy place with tourists and locals alike stopping by for photos and meeting up. There is a group of local bikers that meet here regularly. They have a beautiful place to hang out, don’t they? Sunny and 75 degrees today in the valley, I’ll take it!

Desert Road, Desert Views

Good morning friends, I’m getting a later start than usual on the blog this morning but oh well. Here is the next slightly redundant set of photos from yesterday. Twenty-four hours can make a big difference, yesterday was sunny, today is overcast with the sun barely poking through the clouds. Overcast and 73 degrees are the forecast for today which does not include a bike ride thanks to the rear tire still being blown out. I will load the bike into the truck bed late today for the shop tomorrow morning. Happy Saturday!

Mojave Desert Grayscale

Using the Nikon Z50s built-in effects, I grabbed a few photos in grayscale mode. The images the camera takes are maybe a bit better than converting the image in processing, maybe. I played around with the looks in the Aurora HDR application too, changing colors and tones, and adding a vignette to one image. That wall you’re looking at is actually a portion of an ancient fault line that I sincerely hope doesn’t slip and release an earthquake! This area has been geologically active for millions of years, hence our beautiful mountain ranges.

Bikers, Blooms and Critters

Here is the next photo set from this morning, the bike in the foreground was extremely loud which I absolutely love! The bird is called a Mountain Bluebird if I recall correctly. Its call is like three screeches in a row, there were three of them flitting from bush to bush as the Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels scurried about below. People were tossing bits of bread for them which made me cringe a bit inside. As with birds, bread has zero nutritional value for them.

In The Desert, 2018

Rolling the clock back four years, these photos were taken in the state park near Red Rock Canyon and along an ancient fault line which are the cliffs you see. Sunshine and 72 are on tap for today, time for another ride today. The high temperature back home today will be just 16 degrees, too cold!

Blue Day Yesterday

Blue Day Yesterday, blue day today. Sunshine and 61F is the forecast for today and I love it! I slept two extra hours last night which is great, I’m feeling better today. Today should be a fine day for a bike ride with such a nice forecast. One of the photos shows a building and covered carports, this is the BLM fire station.

The other is a view of Calico Basin which has homes and a small nature walk platform. It’s also a very popular location for rock climbing crazies, you’ll see them with the large pads on their backs heading out from the parking areas. You people are crazy!