Featured Photo – Powder on Red Rock
Camera: Canon 1Ds Mk II
Lens: Canon 100mm f2.8 Macro
Exposure: 1/2500 sec
About the photo:
It may be January but in Los Angeles lately it hasn’t felt much like the cold, snowy winter I know and love from my days growing up in the northeast. My affinity for the winter months made me remember a rare photo from last year that I wanted to share.
Rarely does it ever snow in the greater Las Vegas area, but last year around this time while I was living in West Las Vegas, we were treated to 2 days of actual, real snowfall. Luckily at the time, I lived less than ten minutes from Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. I woke up the morning after the snow day and the light was beautiful and the sky clear. I had to be at the gym for training at 8am, so I left early, took a detour and drove into the mountains heading for the large group rock formations in Red Rock Canyon, which are the major feature of the Keystone Thrust Fault.
What I found was a seldom-seen view of these normally dry, sun-baked desert mountains, completely covered with a dusting of snow, and a group of low, slow-moving clouds hovering at the peaks. The light was still good at 7:30 and I used my 100mm prime lens (handheld) to get the shot.
Online, I don’t post the full-resolution version of any of my photos for obvious reasons and this web-size does the original 4900×3300 pixel image zero justice , but if you look closely at the larger version, you can see just a small amount of the detailed captured in this shot. Yes, those are trees in the upper middle part of the mountain. That can give you a sense of scale to the size of this giant fault.
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