Seven years on and I still love my adopted desert home. 😎🌴🌵🌞
Here are five more landscape photos from a couple days ago, for you. Could you tire of seeing this beautiful Mojave Desert scenery? As soon as I woke up this morning, I could tell right away that it was overcast, but not because of your ordinary cloud cover. Sadly, the smoke fog is over the valley once again from the California wildfires. I feel really bad for the people there.
Before heading home from Calico Basin today, I spotted this Buckhorn Cholla at the edge of the parking area near my truck. It’s a great looking plant, I’ve seen some very large plants like this one in my desert travels. These spines are deadly sharp, you don’t dare touch this plant!
I say the open desert because I live in the desert anyway, right? Tired of staying home all day, I loaded the Nikon and the tripod into the truck and headed out of town for a couple hours. This set of five photos were taken actually using the aforementioned tripod which is something I rarely ever do. And I should use it much more, right?
This is the first time the new Nikkor 24/200mm lens has been tried in the open desert. Speaking honestly, looking at the photos just before upload, there are just two that I like.
Joshua trees that is, not some fella named Joshua. Or Joshua in the Bible! The rock face you see beyond the trees is the ancient fault line, sometimes called the Red Rock Escarpment too.
Red Rock Canyon proper is about two miles north from this location. I will never become tired of the beautiful Mojave Desert!
These are the last photos from a couple days ago outside of the city. I mentioned in a couple comments this morning that when the temperature is as high as it’s been lately, I can actually feel a slight sting on my skin when the wind blows hard enough. Crazy, right? It’s not the first time I’ve experienced this. Today will bring 111F again, wow! 🔥
It’s always very enjoyable to walk among the Joshua trees, Yuccas, and desert wildflowers. Stop, listen. What do you hear? The gentle breeze blowing through the trees? A distant bird screeching? Maybe you’ll see a few Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels scurrying about in search of a meal. And of course, watch out for any snakes or scorpions. Mojave Desert love! ❤️
I took a drive out of the city for a little while today to the usual places I like to visit, please excuse the redundancies. Today there was much less traffic out there than the last trip out about one month ago which is great. There is usually a little less traffic in summer due to the heat, but it’s even less now which I suspect that damn virus is responsible for.
Without a zoom lens, it’s very difficult for me to capture good photos of those sweet little Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels. Only one attempt to photograph one was slightly useable. This amateur photographer can’t justify $2600 bucks for that 70/200mm zoom lens for the Nikon Zed 6 lens. Unless someone wants to help with the cost, haha!!
This is round one of about sixty photos taken today. While outside in the sunshine, I grabbed a couple photos of the truck with the new wheels for insurance purposes as suggested by my local insurance dude. It was very hot out there, even at 3200+ feet above sea level!
This much blue won’t make you blue, it’s amazingly beautiful blue! 😂😎
This morning, I headed out of the city for the open desert. I visited the usual favorites and captured around thirty photos. I will start with this nice set with old sol flying high above, and a Joshua Tree directly in front of me. Never touch the end of those tines, you’ll bleed.
I really like how these photos turned out, I didn’t think that the 24-70mm lens could capture photos like this. By the way, I called the camera shop yesterday to inquire about the 70-200mm zoom lens for this newer Nikon Z6 body.
It is on backorder which I am not surprised, but I will pass on the lens as the darn thing will set me back $2600.00. Um, no thanks! If I were a professional photographer, then it would be worth the expense but for we amateurs, the cost is just too high.
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.
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.
Another view of how rain can make the Mojave Desert even more beautiful. ❤️🌴