One of my favourite photography spots in Nevada has recently become one of the USA’s newest National Monuments: Gold Butte National Monument. It’s not hard to see why. It covers almost 300,000 acres of the Mojave Desert and it’s the only place I have been where you can see rock striped with all the colours of the rainbow and Joshua Trees at the same time. The rock is … [Read more...] about Gold Butte National Monument – Nevada’s Piece of the Grand Canyon
Fire Canyon Arch was one of my new finds during my last visit to the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. It looks more like an eye than an arch! At the time I was renting the Sony 10-18 wide angle lens to check it out and see if I liked it. Renting lenses is a great way to go before you invest. I did like it, and now it goes with me everywhere. … [Read more...] about Fire Canyon Arch Nevada
Somewhere off the beaten track in middle of nowhere, Nevada, I saw an interesting rock outcropping in the distance. "Let's go explore!" I said to Ray. I could see the look in his eyes. "Long Pants!" I exclaimed. So we donned our long pants and set off amongst the prickly pear cactus, the teddy bear cholla, the walking stick cactus, the spitting needle cactus, the … [Read more...] about A Secret Oasis of Barrel Cacti
The thing I like the most about photographing in the southwest USA is the limitless opportunities not only for the grand scenic landscapes, but all the smaller abstract scenes that are inherent in them. After you've seen places like Zion National Park, or the Valley of Fire, some miscellaneous rock formation in the middle of nowhere, like this one at Whitney Pocket, Nevada, … [Read more...] about Abstract Rock Art in the Southwest
Way out in the desert, at the northeast end of Lake Mead in Nevada, lies one of our favourite new boondocking spots: Whitney Pocket. In amongst the crags we set up our RV and spent a few days wandering this remote and peaceful area. Well, peaceful until the boy scouts showed up with their black powder guns, but you know it's Nevada and you can do stuff like that! It's … [Read more...] about Arch at Whitney Pocket, Nevada
When exploring in the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, I discovered this really neat rock formation. I really liked all the rings and layers of rock, and the peak that comes up from the lower rock and touches the top of the arch, like it was molded on a pottery wheel. It's a very unusual formation. Please click the photo to view a larger version. The sun was just … [Read more...] about Can Using a Tripod Inhibit Your Creativity?