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.

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?

Seed Pod Up Close

The heat has kept many hikers, rock climbers, and whoever else out of Red Rock Canyon apparently. I took a ride out to Calicl Basin this morning and saw just three cars in the parking area. Taking a short walk, I saw zero Golden Mantled Grond Squirrels and very few birds. The heat really did a great job, didn’t it!

I took very few photos today, pulled three out for this post, and tossed two of them as being too fuzzy. There are still plenty of Joshua Tree seed pods on top of the trees, some of them are decayed like this one pod. It’s currently 100F outside and a very comfortable 73 inside, perfect for assuming the couch potato mode.

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.