Morning's First Light on Fire Wave
Although this trip to Las Vegas wasn’t about the photography, I was inspired by surrounding desert landscapes, such as Valley of Fire State Park, a beautiful red rock landscape an hour outside of Vegas. The park itself is a dizzying array of vibrant red sandstone outcroppings that look like they were drawn by Dr. Seuss. The park’s most known feature is the “fire wave”, a striated sandstone feature that is a 0.6 mile hike from the road, but seems longer in the desert heat, even early in the morning. Along the way, we encountered jack rabbits, field mice, distant owls hunting for said field mice, and an angry baby rattler, who loudly and audibly made her presence known before we saw her. But even a baby rattler couldn't keep us away from hiking to this beautiful morning view at sunrise.