Dead Rock Canyon

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Red Rock Canyon. Dead cactus. Dead Rock Canyon.

See what I did there?

So clever Mike…so clever.

Back in March I explored this area west of Las Vegas and was struck by these dead things. I think they are some kind of cactus, but I have no idea. I tried to Google them, but I couldn’t find anything. Either way, they kind of speckled this wide valley expanse between the red cliffs and the western mountains off in the distance.

What’s interesting about going to shoot place that are big attractions for “something”, like amazing burnt red rocks…is when you turn away from them because you are more drawn to something else.

I had left my project site and raced out here to shoot in the canyon…and was just happy I got a few shots off before the sun sank behind those cliffs. Definitely a beautiful place to visit.

(exif: canon eos 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 18mm, f/22, iso 100)

  • Chris Nitz

    I love that you can still make out details in those cliffs, like the different color bands that run along them. Really digging the plant that is making me look around it to see the rest of the scene. Fantastically fun shot!

  • Tobias George

    Wow, this is magnificent! Love the detail, and the clouds are amazing.

  • Jesse

    Clever indeed. Masterful sky.

  • Dave DiCello

    This is great Mike, I love that sky, and awesome flare. Incredible.

  • Scott Wyden Kivowitz

    Digging the dramatic tone

  • Kristi Hines

    Kind of reminds me of the remains of some organ pipe cacti. Looks like a scene out of a Stephen King movie. Nice shot!

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Awesome sky and flare! Love the tone of the foreground too!

  • Chrisdmrf

    Awesome Big sky, love the dark processing really fits the subject

  • Curt Fleenor

    I really like the composition and the detail in this Mike! Looks like some kind of aloe or yucca plant…