Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons – November 2016

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November at Calico Basin

November means autumn for most of the United States, with winter breathing down its collective neck. Here in Las Vegas it usually means more of the same blue skies but with cooling temperatures. This year was only slightly different. We were enjoying 70 to 80 degree temperatures for a week or two when autumn really hit . Temperatures dropped into the high 50’s, low 60’s. And tomorrow is even better. Rain.

The image above was taken the day temperatures first dipped and the skies grew ugly- which, to me, is beautiful. I mean, come on. Who doesn’t like a cloudy sky? I was already late to work the morning I saw clouds over Calico Basin and I thought, what’s an extra hour late? So I took a detour. This is a two image pano of the basin, facing southwest, taken for Cardinal Guzman’s year long challenge You can read about it here.

And now, as is customary, a slideshow for your viewing pleasure.

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Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons – October 2016

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Calico Basin October 29, 2016

Calico Basin
October 29, 2016

Each month I take one photo at Calico Basin for Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons. This month I was hoping to get something more in the mood of the season. You know. Halloween. Maybe some decorated homes at twilight or kids in costumes walking along the dirt roads. But guess what? No kids, no decorations. No haunted houses. I did find this new home under construction, though. Looks a bit small but I think they intend to build up, rather than out. Anyway, this shot was taken just after sunrise this past Saturday.

Nothing like waiting till the last moment.

Well, we’re in the home stretch. I’m not going to post Cardinal Guzman’s full explanation of the rules because it’s redundant if you’ve been following along. If you haven’t and you want to, I don’t think anyone would mind even though there are only two months left. The idea was to show the changing seasons in your area of the world over each month. Here is a slide show of the past 10 months in Las Vegas, NV. More specifically, Calico Basin.

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Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons – September 2016

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Each month I take one photo at Calico Basin for Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons. Actually, I take several photos but choose only one to post. Since Tuesday, September 20, it has been overcast in Las Vegas. Shortly after I took this photo, at 3:43 in the afternoon, it started to drizzle. Just enough to make my car look dirtier than it actually was. The next day, September 21, it rained for about 5 minutes and we had an actual rainbow off in the southeast. This year the Fall Equinox was yesterday, September 22. Meaning summer was officially over. We are currently blessed with daytime temperatures in the 80’s and nighttime lows in the 50’s.

Heaven!

And now for your viewing pleasure, a retrospective of the year to date from Calico Basin.

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What’s this “Changing Seasons” blogging challenge?

«The Changing Seasons 2016» is a blogging challenge with two versions: the original (V1) which is purely photographic and the new version (V2) where you can allow yourself to be more artistic and post a painting, a recipe, a digital manipulation, or simply just one photo that you think represents the month. Anyone with a blog can join this challenge and it’ll run throughout 2016. It doesn’t matter if you couldn’t join the first month(s), late-comers are welcomed. These are the rules, but they’re not written in stone – you can always improvise, mix & match to suit your own liking:

These are the rules for Version 1 (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.

These are the rules for Version 2 (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!

Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons – August

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August at Calico Basin

August at Calico Basin

Excerpt from The New York Times Evening Briefing for Wednesday August 17, 2016: “A wildfire near San Bernardino, Calif. ‘hit hard, it hit fast, it hit with an intensity that we haven’t seen before,’ the county fire chief said.

High winds, high temperatures and low humidity in the state’s fifth year of drought drove the flames to flare from five acres to 30,000 in less than 24 hours. Officials ordered the evacuation of about 82,000 residents in an estimated 34,500 homes.”

The closest the fire came to Las Vegas was about 340 miles away and yet, smoke from the blaze blanketed our skies. Imagine what it must have been like for those who were evacuated.

This is the second month in a row that the mountains in Calico Basin were obliterated by smoke But this time, the air cleared by nightfall, even though there was little wind. The air has remained clear since Wednesday, even though the fires are still active.

They are calling August “Wildfire Season” so I imagine it is appropriate for Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons challenge.

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What’s this “Changing Seasons” blogging challenge?

«The Changing Seasons 2016» is a blogging challenge with two versions: the original (V1) which is purely photographic and the new version (V2) where you can allow yourself to be more artistic and post a painting, a recipe, a digital manipulation, or simply just one photo that you think represents the month. Anyone with a blog can join this challenge and it’ll run throughout 2016. It doesn’t matter if you couldn’t join the first month(s), late-comers are welcomed. These are the rules, but they’re not written in stone – you can always improvise, mix & match to suit your own liking:

These are the rules for Version 1 (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.

These are the rules for Version 2 (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!

Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons: July 2016

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July at Calico Basin

The above pano (3 shots stitched together) was taken July 24, 2016 at approximately 9:30 in the morning when the temperature was already 90 degrees in Calico Basin, Nevada. That’s a veritable cold spell here. A wildfire in Santa Clarita California, about 270 miles south, rendered the mountains almost invisible. There are actually three layers of mountains. The first are clearly visible, the second can barely be seen towards the center and to the right. The third is totally obliterated by smoke. I have come to Calico Basin each month as part of Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons challenge. And since the seasons barely change here in Nevada I’ve tried to focus on different aspects of the basin.

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(Stolen with impunity from Cardinal Guzman’s latest post)

What’s this “Changing Seasons” blogging challenge?

«The Changing Seasons 2016» is a blogging challenge with two versions: the original (V1) which is purely photographic and the new version (V2) where you can allow yourself to be more artistic and post a painting, a recipe, a digital manipulation, or simply just one photo that you think represents the month. Anyone with a blog can join this challenge and it’ll run throughout 2016. It doesn’t matter if you couldn’t join the first month(s), late-comers are welcomed. These are the rules, but they’re not written in stone – you can always improvise, mix & match to suit your own liking:

These are the rules for Version 1 (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.

These are the rules for Version 2 (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!

 

Changing Seasons – June

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Calico Basin

Calico Basin

Six months of Cardinal Guzman’s The Changing Seasons? That’s the second longest commitment I’ve ever made- the first being marriage. So, if you click on the link above, you can get all the rules. In short, I am taking one photo a month in an area near Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas called Calico Basin. In that way, you will supposedly get to see the change of seasons around here. But around here there are no change of seasons. It’s just hot, more hot, and less hot. When I took this photo, we hadn’t even reached the summer solstice yet and it was already 108. Since then, still in the month of June, we have reached an official high of 115- even though the thermostat in my car read 120. Lately, the temperature has been hovering in the low 100’s. The rest of this week the forecast is for 110 today, 106 tomorrow, 107 Saturday, and 109 for Sunday. And all next week is more of the same. I can hardly wait for August, our hottest month. So, anyway, I had to cheat on the above photo. Rather than just a straight out of camera rendition of 108 degrees, I added a light leak and bleached out the image to approximate how hot it was.

It was hot!

Below is a slideshow of all the changes to date.

January through June.

Enjoy!

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Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons – May

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May at Calico Basin

This is the fifth month of Cardinal Guzman’s The Changing Seasons. If you click on that link, you can get all the rules. In short, I am taking one photo a month in an area near Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas called Calico Basin. Supposedly, you will then see the changing seasons. But, as I have explained each month, this is Las Vegas. Pretty much a desert, except for the neon lights. So winter looks like summer which looks like spring that looks like fall. The above image, shot in early May, on my way home from work one night, could be considered my late spring shot. The outside temperature at 4:30 in the afternoon was 94 degrees. Summer, winter, and fall won’t look much different. I can hardly wait for Christmas.

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The Changing Seasons – March

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March in Calico Basin

March 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.

This image was shot just 3 days ago on my way home from work. It is a jpeg shot with the Fuji X-T1 and in-camera Classic Chrome film simulation.

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!

I have added a slideshow which will include all photos to date (see below). But since that can not be viewed on phones- as far as I know, and why are you looking at photos on your phone?- I have also added a gallery of stills. All feedback- good or bad- is welcome.

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The Changing Seasons – February

Prompts and Challenges
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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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Cardinal Rule

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On the way to Red Rock Canyon
Calico Basin Road
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January 29, 2016

Cardinal Guzman runs a year long challenge called The Changing Seasons and the rules are simple. You can read them by clicking on the link above. But, basically, you are to:

“Find a location near your home, take somewhere between 5-20 photos and post them in a gallery in your blog. Continue to do this every month. … Just keep the project going throughout the year. Try to shoot every month, so that in the end of the year, you’ll have a nice and diverse set of photos in your portfolio. The idea is to capture all the changes: the seasons, the weather, different times of the day, some night photography perhaps?

Now, since I live in Nevada, it must be understood that our seasons are summer- when the daily temperature is above 100 degrees- and not summer- when the daily temperature is below 100 degrees. Therefore, all photos will appear to have been taken during the same season. But I promise they will be taken within one month of each post. Also, I tend to believe that posting a gallery of 5- 20 photos at a time diminishes the effect of the photos. So I will usually only post one photo a month. I hope no one objects.