Critters and Petroglyphs, Valley of Fire

December 23, 2015 at 5:03 am (Bird photography, Nature, Nature photography, Nevada, Photography, Wildlife) ()

Bighorn sheep ewe

Bighorn sheep ewe

As promised, here are some of the critters at Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada.

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Antelope ground squirrels hold their tails close to their rumps and are common in campgrounds and at birdfeeders like these guys. Read the rest of this entry »

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Valley of Fire

December 22, 2015 at 5:34 am (Nature, Nature photography, Nevada, Southwest Landscapes) (, )

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One of the most beautiful Western landscapes I’ve ever seen is in a Nevada state park that I would have missed if I hadn’t exchanged a little trail banter with a fellow hiker at Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas this past May.

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The Valley of Fire State Park is aptly named, and the “fire” really shows its mettle at last light or in the day’s first kiss of sun. Read the rest of this entry »

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Red Rock Canyon – Vegas

May 30, 2015 at 5:39 pm (fine art photography, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Nevada, Photography) ()

First Creek Trail, Red Rock Canyon

First Creek Trail, Red Rock Canyon

When my son and his wife visited me recently, they wanted to do some climbing at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.  While they climbed, I hiked.  Then we did the First Creek hike together.  I wish I knew the name of the flower in the foreground, but I can’t find it in my field guide or online. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bighorn Sheep, Valley of Fire

May 17, 2015 at 4:04 pm (Mojave Desert, Nature, Nature photography, Nevada, Photography, Wildlife) (, )

Desert bighorn sheep, young rams, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Desert bighorn sheep, young rams, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

I just returned from a 10-day outing in the desert, most of it with my son and his wife.  The bighorn sheep were the grand finale of the visit to the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada,

Young rams

Young rams

At first it was a couple of ewes peering over the mountaintop, then later, the whole herd came down to munch on mesquite and other succulent plants in plain view of hikers. Read the rest of this entry »

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