Valley of Fire


Last year we had the chance to visit the Valley of Fire, near Las Vegas, Nevada. It was one of the most amazing places I have ever visited.

Majestic is one way to describe it, although nothing I can say will do the place justice. It takes your breath away. Really.

I also had a chance to play with the camera and experiment a little bit. The picture below, for example, is just a small pile of rocks that someone gathered on the side of the road. I just lied on the ground and shot it from there. It looks huge, but the little pile barely comes to my knees.

Behold.

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The next shot is that of pictographs from the ancient people who inhabited the place. The pictographs are everywhere, and each one has a story. 

Really something worth seeing.

Then our guide took us to a little shelter in the middle of the desert. And of course, it’s all made of rock. (The shelter, not our guide.)

At a little cabin in the middle of nowhere.

We also realized that the Valley of Fire is a very popular venue for weddings. We spotted several. And who can blame them? Free site and as magnificent as a cathedral.

This was the first ceremony we spotted of about 10 during our little tour.

We spotted a number of weddings during our visit.  Apparently, this is a very popular venue.  And who can blame them?  The site is magnificent and huge.  Much more interesting than the little Vegas Chapel.  At least for photography.

I also decided to ignore my fear of heights, and climb rocks like a mountain goat.

Fun!

The day was cloudy and gray. We didn’t get the deep blue skies. However, it made for an impressive play of light.

The rock formations just kept changing colors as we went.

This is another example of that. Very different!

This last one is called “The Elephant,” and you can see why.

All in all, it was a fabulous tour. If you get a chance to go, do it. You will not regret it.

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