Welcome to my Blog. This is my first ever blog creation & blog entry. I really appreciate you giving me a few minutes of you time.. from time to time just to stop by and check out my new blog entries. Ok.. time to start blogging.
I recently visited Las Vegas for a work conference (mid May), and of course I had to take my normal 2-3 day photography side trip. The past two years I had visited Page, AZ to see Horseshoe Bend and Upper/Lower Antelope Canyon. Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. I love both places, but UAC/LAC holds a special place in my photography heart. I could easily have gone back there again this year, but I didn't. I forced myself & challenged myself to find a new location this year. It came down to Valley of Fire and Death Valley. In the end, I selected Death Valley.
So, plans were made. I landed in Vegas just before Noon. I hopped into my rental car, and off I went to Death Valley. After a fairly short and easy drive, I arrived at my location where I would be staying.. Furnace Creek.. No, not in the resort. No, not in the non-plush hotel at the Ranch either.. I would be staying/camping in a 1-man half-dome pop-up tent in an RV campground. That means a gravel parking spot for RV vehicles. Fortunately, there was a very small space/area of dirt where I could pitch the tent under a few small tree branches. I thought to myself.. Hey, you're only going to be sleeping here for a few hours a night so what's the big deal. Well the big deal turned out to be the wind. Unfortunately while I was there, the wind gust at night reached 40-60 mph. I had 4 large rocks and two 1/2-center blocks inside the tent just to hold it down. Yes, it was hot too.. then cold.. and yes coyotes howled too (about 50 yards from the tent). Sleep? Yeah, no sleep. I didn't care. I had too much fun. I was away from it all.. my time.. me, nature, and my camera. That's all that mattered.
The winds blew and the dust flew.. the whole time.. which made for a bit of a photography challenge (at every location). I visited several of the hot-spots for photography, but my favorite ended up being the Mesquite Sand Dunes. At least the windy conditions wiped away the foot-print tracks for an early morning shoot. I could have spent all my time there and skipped everything else. Yes, I loved it that much. I rank it up there with a close 2nd to Antelope Canyon.. Now, where to go in 2015.. some place with in 2-5 hr drive from Vegas.