Friday, January 24, 2014
Hello my fellow town shooters. I'd like to take you on a tour through Red Rock Canyon located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Most people who have never been to Las Vegas have a preconceived notion about the city. After all, we are considered the city of Sin, what with all the gambling, drinking, strip clubs and 24 hour non-stop partying going on. It must be quite hard to imagine quiet neighborhoods, serene mountains and beautiful canyons with a variety of wildlife. Let my pictures be proof that there is another side to my town.
Most people who come out to Red Rock Canyon are local hikers, rock climbers and photographers. There are some tourists who come and are awestruck by the view. There are big rocks to climb on and if you squint, you might be able to see the city in the distance.
There are also wildflowers that sprout up in the desert spaces at Red Rock Canyon.
Of course, it's always windy when I try to take a photo of the flowers.
There are cave-like spaces where some birds dwell. I believe I've heard the vocalization of quail around these parts but I am not 100 percent positive on the type of bird noise I've heard.
There are spaces in the rocks where critters can hide, such as this lizard who is trying to blend in and not be noticed. this little guy was very hard to capture because he was moving all over the place.
I was amazed at how much space this tortoise covered in such a little amount of time as I followed him around. He was quicker than I thought he would be. The group I was with tried to give him some water.
The three guys in the foreground are in my camera club. They are very serious about photography.
I hope you enjoyed the tour.
Thank you and have a fabulous weekend.
Friday, January 10, 2014
This is the tree in my front yard which I took with my phone just five minutes ago, at 5:00 p.m.
The rest of the neighborhood pretty much looks the same. My grass still has some green in it but it's pretty dry. Although the temperatures haven't dipped too low, it is still a bit chilly.
It's cold enough at night that I want to make hot chocolate.
But I didn;t make this hot chocolate and I'm not the one drinking it.
This hot chocolate came from the Mt. Charleston Lodge.
Yep, when I want to see winter I just hop in my card and drive to Mt. Charleston.
Here are some of the shots from my last trip in December.
This is the Mt. Charleston Resort which is different than Mt. Charleston Lodge.
The lodge is just up the road a few more miles.
Icicles hanging from the balcony of somebody's home.
The Lodge, too icy to sit outside and enjoy the view.
Someone's cottage near the lodge.
I just love driving through the snow.
I wish I had more pictures to show you all but this is pretty much it.
Tonight is the first meeting of the year for my camera club.
We are having a presentation by professional photographer, Royce Bair who will be discussing night photography. I expect it to be a really good presentation and a great night.
To see other town's winter click here for the Friday My Town Shoot Out.
Have a great weekend everyone.