Sunset on the Nevada desert

Sunset south of Boulder City, Nevada

(Click to see this image with a darker border…brings out the colors a bit better)

Back in March I posted a sunset shot from the Nevada desert that had powerlines and I dubbed “Se7en” for Movie Title Wednesday. There were a few other shots I got that night and I just haven’t posted any of them until now.

It had been awhile since I’d seen a painted sky like this. Honestly, this wide open desert landscape was great, but I was scrambling to find something more interesting nearby to include in the frame. I realized, however, that this sunset wouldn’t last forever and sometimes all you need is a great sky.

This was one of the last images from a great afternoon just driving around this area south of Boulder City. In fact, I include the date the photo was taken in my tags, so you can see all the images taken on March 16th. I keep looking back on this day and what I love the most is that I have images to help me always remember how much fun I had just exploring some area that I’d never been before.

I was looking up ghost towns in Nevada, saw a little place called Nelson and headed off with no real plan or idea of what I wanted to shoot. That’s all I need really. Clouds, weather and driving around. It’s when I feel the most free and away from everything. Just me, my camera, the road, my iPod and the unknown.

(exif: canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, f/14, iso 100)



  • Chrisdmrf

    Wow. Stunning sky especially when viewed on Black. Top Work, glad you stopped looking around and pressed the button

  • Chris Frailey

    Beautiful sky!

  • Curt Fleenor

    Nice colors Mike!

  • Chris Nitz

    I’m loving the colors in this shot, and what a great sky. Such a nice peaceful shot!

  • Hans

    Great colors! The clouds really add to the depth of this scene.

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Great colors and you are totally right, sometimes that great sky does it!

  • Scott Wyden Kivowitz

    Incredible color!

  • Toad Hollow Photography

    Love love love the clouds and the sky in this shot Mike! You get a real sense of expanse in this image, my friend.

  • Steve Beal

    Everything in this image leads the eye right to those mountains. Gorgeous!

  • Len Saltiel

    The contrast between the colors in the sky against the foreground is terrific Mike.

  • Jan Winther

    Nice – love the cool blue tones! Doesnt look hot there at all… Im sure thats not the case.

  • Dave DiCello

    The depth here is absolutely amazing man! WOW! I love those colors too!

  • Mark Blundell

    very good lighting indeed – I like the foreground colour – really nice almost too dark but not quite.
    Spot on.