Just two Nikon clicks from the other day heading out of town for some photos. Sunshine and 56F today, I hoped for the 60s for today. Apparently, the NWS changed the forecast. I miss riding… 😂
Tourists Visiting Red Rock Canyon
Many thousands of people visit our beautiful Red Rock Canyon each year. Winter is the preferred, favorite time of year for the rock climbers and hikers in that area which is roughly eight miles southwest of my place. To see Red Rock Canyon proper you need to make a reservation these days and of course, pay the fee to enter this beautiful 12-mile scenic drive.
About Five Miles West of Las Vegas
Do you see what looks like a hole in the image just right of center near the bottom of the photo? That area is Calico Basin proper. Lots of pretty red rocks, a few private homes, and a public parking area with toilets and access to hiking and rock climbing. This photo was taken about a week ago using the Nikon and a 200mm lens. Mostly cloudy and a high of 65 degrees are on tap for today, I’ll take that temperature!
More Rocky Photos
Two more shots from this early afternoon west of the city. When working on these photos this eve, I thought to myself that the photos are really grainy even though I try to clean them up on the MacBook. I just can’t get the kind of photos I really want and that has been pervasive from day one in my photography journey.
Sure, I can shoot in Manual but don’t always have the time to get the settings set right as I tend to shoot on the fly too often. Other than using a tripod for more of my photos, there doesn’t seem to be any way that I can get better photos. Once an amateur, always an amateur photographer?
On another note, I am sure that some of you find my uploading up to five images per day a bit too much, but that number used to be much higher. I have thought about reducing that daily number again from five to perhaps just one or two. Your thoughts on all of this are welcome! Thanks. John
She’s From The Czech Republic
While I was shooting this area, I came across this woman and grabbed the photo. I spoke with her husband sitting in the car a short distance away, they were apparently on holiday. This area very near the now-gone Bonnie Springs Ranch has a great cluster of Joshua trees. The ancient fault line beyond to the west makes a great backdrop.
Somewhere In 2018
Good Monday morning, I hope you all have a great new week, my friends. A high of 88 degrees will fill the valley today, very nice! It has been a full year since the new heating and cooling system was installed in my attic, and today a technician from the company that did the work will be here to change the air filter. Finally!
An Impresso Sky
This sunset was captured two or three days ago, this is a leftover photo. It came out looking pretty cool using the Impresso application on the iPad, what do you think? The outer bands of tropical storm Kay are over Las Vegas today and this evening bringing overcast skies of course and a nice breeze. A flash flood watch is in effect for Las Vegas until Saturday eve or sometime Sunday I think. Please, give us some rain, Kay! At the moment, So Cal is getting pounded with floods and dangerous driving, and power outages.
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?
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?