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!

Round And Down You Go!

I wish that you could see this view with your own eyes, the camera can’t do the view real justice. It’s a very long way down there to the bottom of the valley, and those mountains are far higher than they look in the photos. One of them is a solid 6,000 feet high, that’s a bit more than one mile high. This range forms the north end of Las Vegas Valley.

The other photo was taken while heading out of the city on Charleston Boulevard toward Calico Basin with the walls of the ancient fault line easily seen with clouds touching the top. I would like to wish each and every one of my readers, followers a wonderful, blessed, safe and happy 2022. May you find good health and happiness in 2022, my friends!

Higher Elevations and The Beauty of Calico Basin

Continuing with more photos from Calico Basin, the colors are amazing when the sun strikes the multicolored rocks. The other photos nicely show the change in elevation on the west side of the valley that can make your ears feel like they need to be popped! Cloudy and 53F are on tap for Las Vegas today, a forecast that I am not happy with! The winter months are my least favorite here, I may as well have a cabin back home in Michigan and go snowmobiling!

Cloudy Mountains

After picking up my medication from the pharmacy, I decided on a whim to have a drive west to the usual places I photograph to capture the clouds hugging the peaks, Please pardon the redundancy of these photos? The Nikon Z50 did a darn nice job capturing the beautiful colors and the clouds up there this morning, do you agree? It’s still so cold though at around forty-five degrees. Cold for this desert rat anyway! I’ll be glad when it’s warm enough for a bike ride…

More Desert Photos

Are you guys tired of my repetitive desert photos? I hope not, as usual, I took way too many photos out there the other day. I hope that you enjoy the beauty of the Mojave Desert as much as I do. Today would be a fabulous day for a hike at Calico Basin, but my damn lower back just won’t permit this, it’s painful to walk and it was painful having to stand for the time it took to make another fresh pot of guess what? You guessed it! I wish that I could share a bowl with you.

Rollin’ On Down The Road

Here are a couple more photos from yesterday using the Nikon Z50 camera. The road is Charleston Boulevard where it heads south, most of this road is east to west and crosses the entirety of Las Vegas Valley. The other photo is goofy but I happened to look down at the gauges and saw that this seven-year-old truck was just then hitting 27,000 miles. It’s never seen dirt roads, muddy roads, or even one grain of road salt! I take great care of everything I own, it’s a habit…