The Changing Seasons – February

Prompts and Challenges

February in Calico Basin

So, I’ve committed a year of my life to Cardinal Guzman’s challenge, The Changing Seasons. His rules are below, which I have amended to fit my needs. And since he did not complain, I hope you will not, either.

The Bureau of Land Management’s website states: Red Rock Canyon is located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip….  The area is visited by more than two million people each year.  In marked contrast to a town geared to entertainment and gaming, Red Rock offers enticements of a different nature including a 13-mile scenic drive, miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnic areas, nature observing and visitor center…. 

Calico Basin (where all my photos for this challenge will be taken) is one mile east of Red Rock Canyon, 16 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip. Red Rock has always been my favorite place to hike in Las Vegas, better than Mt. Charleston and Valley Of Fire. I enjoy the different microclimates in the park and often go there to revitalize myself when necessary. Calico Basin was discovered on a company picnic one year.

As for Cardinal Guzman’s challenge:

These were/are the rules (The Changing Seasons V1):

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery.
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

Here are the rules for the new, updated version of The Changing Seasons (The Changing Seasons V2):

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month, post one photo (recipe, painting, drawing, whatever) that represents your interpretation of the month.
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!

You can see my January response here or at the end of each post I will add a slideshow which will include all photos to date (see below).

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37 thoughts on “The Changing Seasons – February

  1. Calico Basin reminds me of the RockStar game “Red Dead Redemtion”. It’s a cool photo and it was a cool video game. Also one of your latest posts, with the wildflowers, reminded me of that game.
    I appricate that you’ve committed a year of your life my challenge. Muhahahah! (evil laughter). The slideshow is a neat idea too and I wish I’d thought of that. 🙂
    Also: when I saw your photo, I thought: “looks like a great place to mountain bike”. Then I read the text from the Bureau of Land Management’s website. Well, if I’m ever in the area, there’s two things on the bucket list: photo walk with you and mountain biking.


    1. Feel free to take the slide show idea as your own. In fact, I’ll tell everyone from here on out that it was your idea. OK? My birthday present to you! And next time you’re out this way, call me for that photo walk!


  2. I love this challenge. I’m still posting a gallery because I can’t make up my mind to post a single picture, but I loved the concept last year and I still love it this time. Mine will be out tomorrow. I have fallen in love with the southwest. Which is inconveniently far away from New England … but I can dream. That’s a wonderful image.


  3. The red rocks around that part of the USA blew my mind when I was fortunate to visit a few years ago. I shall look forward to seeing your photos this year. There must be a few Red Rock Canyons as I swear I went through one en route to Bryce Canyon (now there is a place with a lot of red rocks… ) 🙂


    1. There are quite a few red rock areas. In Las Vegas there is Red Rock Canyon. Just a half hour north is Valley of Fire. Then, as you mention, Bryce Canyon and Zion in Utah. There is also Sedona in AZ as well as formations in California and Colorado.


  4. OmG! This gets better and better! I´m so glad Chris pointed you to me, so I could find your blog as well! These shots are absolutely georgous! I love the dramatic skies and the contrasts – you´re an awesome photgrapher (I´d lift my hat if I were wearing one, or better: I´m saluting you with my Starbuck cup 😉 )


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