Prompts and Challenges

Mt Charleston NV
February 3, 2017

What a world we live in. Last month it was cold enough to snow in the mountains. This Thursday, one month and 2 days later, the prediction is for 80 degrees, followed by 81 on Friday and 82 on Saturday. It looks like, for the next 10 days at least, we will not drop below 80. So, the theme for this week’s 52 week challenge from “The Girl” is “In The Distance”. Most of my photos are taken of objects in the distance. I’m not sure this is a good trait, though I do like this image. I was standing on the outside patio of a restaurant in the mountains when I spotted this cabin. And I just happen to have my camera and zoom lens with me. I could be very happy living in a place like this, though I expect I’d have to live alone. My wife doesn’t take to the snow all that much.


January at Mt Charleston

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Mt Charleston Las Vegas NV January 21, 2017

Mt Charleston
Las Vegas NV
January 21, 2017

The image above is in response to Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons challenge for 2017. It is not so much a challenge as it is an excuse to get out and shoot- not that I ever really need an excuse. The Cardinal has changed the rules a bit this year so my interpretation will be to visit areas of Las Vegas over the next twelve months that the typical tourist would not normally see unless they had friends or family who live here. Each month a different area. I will probably not shoot The Strip because it has been done to death. But I do expect to visit The Fremont Street Experience as well as the communities of Summerlin and Henderson, Old Las Vegas, Red Rock- my favorite place to hike- and my own community in North Las Vegas.

This January image was taken at Mount Charleston, about 20 miles northwest of The Strip. There is one hotel with a restaurant at the base of the mountain, and separate wooden cabins with a restaurant at the summit. There are numerous trails for hiking and a ski slope open during the winter.

During the summer, the mountain is normally 20 to 25 degrees cooler than the valley.

The Changing Seasons - a monthly photo challenge


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For this week’s instalment of the 52 Week Photo Challenge, The Girl That Dreams Awake has chosen ‘Peaceful’ as the prompt.

Mt. Charleston NV November 27, 2016

Mt. Charleston NV
November 27, 2016

I get this feelin’ I may know you
As a lover and a friend
This voice keeps whisperin’ in my other ear
Tells me I may never see you again

I get a peaceful easy feelin’
And I know you won’t let me down
‘Cause I’m already standin’
Yes I’m already standin’
I’m already standin’
On the ground.”

Written by Jack Tempchin • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

There is a beauty, and peacefulness, in the most harsh of desert landscapes.”

Written by Emilio Pasquale

Happy New Year to you all.


The Changing Seasons – February

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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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