Desert Drive

Here are a couple photos from the other day along Charleston Boulevard, and at the Red Rock Scenic Overlook. Are you tired of the desert photography? 😎🌡

Miss Liberty and the Railroad Tracks

Today I am messing around with black and white and grayscale photos via two of my favorite applications on the trusty old MacBook Pro. These are old-time photos from I dunno how many years ago, Miss Liberty is very small and up on a pedestal along Sahara Avenue near the fifteen freeway (I think). The wobbly old rails were in the now gone Bonnie Springs Ranch.

A Vegas Strip View

In this image, I am over ten miles west of the Las Vegas Strip looking east. There is about one-third of the strip that isn’t in the image to the south or to the right from this location on a slope on the western side of the valley. Behind me is the Lamdre’ Mountains and Red Rock Canyon.

Welcome to The Show!

Here is a different angle on our famous Las Vegas sign as I call it with zero people in the image! In the other image. I am westbound on Charleston Boulevard just outside of the city. The Red Rock Escarpment is seen just left of centre and several miles away from my location.

The Escarpment is a faultline.

My Mojave Desert

Seven years on and this Michigan born man still loves his adopted home in the middle of nowhere. I think the evidence speaks for itself don’t you?

A Mojave Desert Storm

Here are three old photos from I don’t know when! Perhaps three years ago but one was taken at the Red Rock Canyon Scenic Overlook, the other in Calico Basin. The third image I don’t know where that one was taken. Rain and thunderstorms in the desert are beautiful to behold.

The Fault Line

I tried to find very specific information on this fault line with no success, sorry about this but I am 100% sure that this escarpment is an ancient fault line. I’d like to know it’s last movement.

I did find information on known fault lines that are actually within the city of Las Vegas though, some are rather close to my location! Nevada is very high on the list of states with the most fault lines and the most active ones.

This has me wondering if Michigan is a safer place to live!

Hiking Photos

Here is another photo set taken inside the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. There are always beautiful scenes to photograph here, the cute rabbit is to me a bonus photo! Who doesn’t love bunnies, right? They is sooo cute!

Hiking The Desert Floor

These beauties were taken while hiking around the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park probably two years ago with my old Nikon D3300 body. The website says the park is closed which is zero surprise right? Two things that I seriously want to do when this situation passes is hop on a big jet plane and go home to Michigan and see my children and the family! And of course get my bum back out in the open desert for some fresh photography. I miss the freedom!

At Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

I visited this local state park about two years ago and really enjoyed the walks both inside the old homestead house and around the trails. If your in the area, do stop by. There is of course a fee for entry as it’s a state park. In photo one you can easily see the pixels coming apart due to my now heavily reducing the file sizes. Sorry about this, friends and thank you, WordPress.

Big Desert Critters

Here are two older images (they are all old since I’m not shooting new photos) taken near Red Rock Canyon two or more years ago. They roam in packs but this guy or gal apparently wants some solitude. These donkeys are completely wild but will take food from humans which is not only an incredibly ignorant thing to do, but is also very illegal. Should the authorities catch you feeding them or the wild horses, you’ve just earned a five hundred dollar fine. As you should!

Canyon View

This view is very close to the actual Red Rock Canyon which is a seriously deep gash in the earth. The rocks have such nice red colors though.

The Five Mile Curve

This curve is at mile five as you can see of the twelve mile scenic drive that takes you to Red Rock Canyon proper. There are two parking areas with easy foot access to the canyon which can’t be seen unless you are driving alongside it or flying over it.

It’s basically a major gash or cut in the Earth’s surface. So impressive! The rest of the drive offers some wonderful scenic views looking south and east as well as looking upward toward the mountain peaks.

Just take Charleston Boulevard west out of Las Vegas, you will eventually come to the fee station for entry. There is also a building that has the usual tourist stuff for sale, restrooms and some kind of food too.

The Crossing

Just a random photo here, this is where Charleston Boulevard crosses the two fifteen freeway with a dandy view beyond. The lens renders those foothills looking much smaller than they actually are.

A Drone’s Southern View

One more image taken by the DJI drone a couple or three years ago. The Red Rock Escarpment is seen on the right, the road is Charleston Boulevard seen snaking it’s way south where it will terminate at SR160 or Blue Diamond Road. SR160 crosses this image east to west very distant in the image and isn’t visible of course. SR160 west from this point will take you to about 5500ft ASL at Mountain Springs, NV. Continue west and you will arrive in Pahrump, NV in about thirty minutes.

Sunlight and Snow Showers

Look closely, you’ll see the little snowflakes and that the sunshine has found an open shaft through which to touch the Earth. In the distance is our lovely Red Rock Escarpment shrouded in snow. I’m moving north at this point on Charleston Boulevard heading for home, as I move along I pass through zones of both snow and rain as the elevation is around 4000 foot ASL.

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Looking North along the Red Rock Escarpment

In these two images when you look beyond the Joshua trees you are looking roughly northwest along the ancient fault line known as the Red Rock Escarpment. I searched for some geologic research papers on the geology of this wonderful piece of art but found nothing I liked to link to.

Sorry.

The west side of this fault line has sloping mountainous terrain and is part of the beautiful Lovell Canyon. I wish I had the health to hike into these mountains as it’s so beautiful on the Lovell Canyon side as well. I’ll wrap up this rather large set I took with the new Nikon Z-6 camera today.

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What’s Left…

Bonnie Springs Ranch was a nice place to visit. Today, some former employees are possibly still searching for work. Thanks so much to those greedy land developers who will eventually build homes here. Last I checked, you can’t take your supposed wealth with you to Heaven…

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Dried Up Seed Pods and Beautiful Mojave Views

I had these ten photos already processed so why not upload them… I’m amazed at how much better I feel (though not outta the wood) after taking these apparently very powerful antibiotics. Wow. My lungs are much less irritated or ‘on fire’ since yesterday. Thank God for these drugs, and the many other drugs I take each day that keep my body going.

I am still very surprised at the difference this Nikon mirrorless camera makes in my amateur photographs, wow. It makes me look like I really know what I’m doing behind the camera lens! I’ve plenty of photos left to process which is a good thing because I’m going to be laying very low for the next two days to allow my strength to return. Here’s the latest set.

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Nikon Zed 6, A Set of Ten

Here is the next set from today around the Escarpment and Red Rock Canyon. I went out there today because tomorrow is supposed to bring the valley about a quarter inch of rain. The desert southwest needs this rain so badly which leads me to say that it pretty much sucks that the southeast is being almost drown in rain and snow right now. Dammit.

Anyway, the more I use this camera the more I love it. There are still a few things I need to set up in the camera’s Settings, but man I’m completely sold on this Mirrorless camera. The color and clarity is so superiour in my non-professional opinion… Money well spent!

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