I went to the desert Saturday. There’s lots of nothing in most of Nevada, but some land is maintained for visitors by various government agencies. My destination was Red Rock Canyon west of Las Vegas and under the supervision of the Bureau of Land Management.
Red Rock features a long loop road with turnoffs to hiking trailheads and overlooks. I went for a hike. It was Saturday. I wans’t alone.
As a meteorologist I should have known better, but I headed into the desert with a black shirt and hat. It’s hot with unimpeded sunshine. White should have been the choice.
I brought a bottle of water, but it wasn’t enough. Two would have been better. Maybe three. It’s so dry there you never feel perspiration, meaning your body will have a difficult time maintaining your body temperature.
The common misconception about the desert is it’s without life. It’s just very spread out. You have to look hard to see small clusters of color.
I brought my camera and was willing to get dirty to get the shot. Some of these were taken while on my belly. I tried to shoot close and mostly with a very shallow depth of field.
I like these shots. I hope you’ll enjoy them too. There’s a huge difference between a thumbnail and larger image. Please click any photo to get a better view.
Some of the yellows were so bright the camera had trouble capturing them. I’ve made adjustments with Photoshop, but only to better recreate what I saw while there. Cameras aren’t perfect under all situations.