The Colors and Critters of Valley of Fire
We left Utah the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and headed south. 20 at night, is just too cold. Plus, we had everything done we needed to do as far as art stuff. This was the first time we hit the road without Roxy. She did love the desert, and she is watching and traveling along I’m sure.
We don’t have any art shows in Arizona until January, so we have time to explore. We like to stay at Lake Mead not too far from Valley of Fire every time we pass this way. Something different this trip was wild burros were we boondock. We sometimes see them in the general area, but never right were we camp.
Honestly, these guys are just too cute.
The first two days we were here it was super windy, and not very warm. Plus, with it being a long weekend we felt it was best just to stay in the RV and not go anywhere. Not a hardship when you can get out and wander the desert.
I even found a burrowing owl. Which honestly surprised me.
Monday and Tuesday we finally went to Valley of Fire. As many times as we have been there, I never tire of it. I always see new parts of the landscape to photograph. The colors and textures are unrivaled anywhere. Red, yellow, white and lavender. All in one place.
And yes, the sky really is that blue.
Torrey likes it because dogs are allowed everywhere. On leash of course. She was posing sans leash for me for a minute.
Even the plants lend a hand in the beauty. I wish I knew what this plant was. We only saw one, it was small and it was the most spectacular indigo color.
This was dry, but the leaves looked almost like a chain pattern.
A few years ago on a trip to Valley of Fire we saw so many ravens everywhere. It must have been an odd year because we have never seen that again. There are always a few around though.
This is a composite image I did with three images of this raven walking, or strutting.
And then there are the desert bighorn sheep. Fall is when the rams are looking for girls, so they are more visible.
The landscape these guys live in is so colorful, and just makes the most beautiful background.
This guy was not letting this ewe out of his sight. She was either ready to mate, or he was incredibly hopeful.
They do making a striking portrait.
We are planning a few more days here, I think anyway. It’s suppose to get pretty cold the next two nights, and we found out yesterday there isn’t one drop of propane to be found anywhere nearby. Al is fixing a part of the roof, and that needs to sit for a couple days, so it’s kind of up in the air. Other than being cold, I’m OK with some more days at Valley of Fire for sure.