(Looks a bit nicer in a lightbox…just click on it for a larger version)

I took another drive Wednesday afternoon, this time I was on the hunt for an old ghost town called Nelson that was south of Boulder City. I found it, but I wasn’t loving it and the big one that they talk about is kind of a man-made deal…not my cup of tea.

But the desert mountains and surrounding scenery was breathtaking. The road goes on past Nelson and winds through what is known as El Dorado Canyon. The pavement ends at the Colorado River which was something I definitely wanted to check out.

On the hike back from the river, I walked up a wash that flows to the Colorado. This wash has signs EVERYWHERE about how the flash flood potential is extremely high. Made me want to be up about 50 feet along the edges to witness an awesome flash flood someday *grin*

The wash was bordered on each side by cliffs and the sun was basically on the horizon shining straight towards me on my walk back. I spotted this desert bloom in the sunlight and had to snatch a shot of it. I love the shot, I had the camera basically resting on the ground, but I do wish I had been able to just lay there to get the shot perfectly focused…I think it’s slightly soft. Still, I dig the bokeh.

It’s mid-March already and with all the rain the deserts got this winter, I expect the wildflowers are going to be amazing. This little guy is just the sign of things to come.

(exif: canon eos 5d mark ii, canon 50mm 1.4, f/1.8, iso 100, 1/800 sec)

  • http://www.rav3nstudios.com Chris Nitz

    You killed the focal point on this shot Mike. I really like the blurry foreground elements along with that smooth blurry background. This is superb!

  • http://heathofee.com Heath O’Fee

    Dude, I love your choice of super shallow depth of field. The light on that flower is absolutely perfect as well, great work.

  • http://brianmatiash.com Brian Matiash

    So this is the softer side of the Cranx? Beautiful shot, man. It’s a shot like this one that really makes me want to hit up the southwest.

  • Mike

    Thank you guys…I agree Brian…the southwest is just beautiful this time of year…the flowers are just popping everywhere 🙂

    Would just like to note…this is the beauty of the 50mm 1.4…no Focal Point or anything here, just gorgeous lens bokeh 🙂

  • http://www.lightasmagic.com Justin

    Thanks for the reminder. Things have great here in CO, and it’s good to know that spring is header your way as well. Thanks for the posting this beautiful image.

  • http://www.myuglyphotos.com/ Ryan Sexton

    I agree with everyone else, It really makes we want to take a trip out west. I like the dof with the mountains in the background best.

  • http://www.myblueheaven.com Scott Wood

    I can’t really add anything that hasn’t already been said. Great shot.

  • http://dudewithcamera.com Jesse

    So pretty.

  • Sean

    Great shot Mike,..love the DOF! Thanks for sharing!

  • jina

    What I think I love the most about this is the contrast of colors – the dark of the rocks and deep blue flowers around with the vibrancy of the yellow flower in the sunset. Beautiful. Let’s get it for the house.

  • http://www.favorablemention.com Jenna

    I love this shot! Beautiful!

  • http://www.ScottFrederickPhotoBlog.com Scott Frederick

    Way to be in touch with your inner Mr. Softee! Great shot as always Mike! 🙂

  • http://www.markblundellphoto.com Mark Blundell

    Well spotted – flowers are blooming here in the UK too, so we’ll soon be able to have some colour in our images again. Nicely taken.

  • http://richwilliams2.com Rich

    This is beautiful!