Valley of Fire – a photo essay, part three

We visited Valley of Fire State Park, east of Las Vegas on November 30.  In our final installment of this photo essay, we see the late afternoon autumn sun bringing different shades of color out of the rocks.

This pic is of the stone cabins built of local rocks.  These may date to the era of public works projects in the 1930s.


Valley of Fire State Park Nevada Stone Cabins



Continuing in chronological order as best we can, here are images taken at the Seven Sisters area between 2:45 and 3:00 p.m. The sky appears to be a deeper blue than earlier in the afternoon.  These are large rock monoliths.


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In this pic, we get some idea of the size of these monoliths as these tower over the picnic table.


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Again, we can appreciate the scale of these rock formations with the introduction of a person into the image.


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Looking up through the camera lens and seeing the textured surface of the rock.


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An interesting image:  blue sky, orange rock and some shadow in this view.


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Here are 2 of the Seven Sisters towering over the parked cars.  Lengthening shadows.  Officially, sunset was to be 4:27 p.m. this day, but with hills to the west the sun is down even earlier than that.


Seven Sisters Valley of Fire State Park


Rock outcroppings that have weathered for hundreds of thousands of years, or even longer, remind us of how short our puny human life spans truly are.


Valley of Fire State Park Nevada


Another view from a different angle several feet away from previous shot.


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Another image.
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Here again, the introduction of a person into the image gives scale to these rock formations.


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Five minutes since our earlier shot of these “sisters”, we have this view. Sunlit rock, shadows and sky combine for a pleasing image.


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This next view is looking across the paved park road towards the northwest.


Valley of Fire State Park Nevada


Our last pic in the Seven Sisters area shows Lucy play acting at being Atlas and moving giant rocks.


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Another view of the stone cabins left over from human activity decades ago. We are in a small canyon and without direct sunlight at a few minutes past 3:00 p.m.




Now, a minute later, we face the other direction and take this pic.


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Now, at 3:29 p.m., the sun is sinking fast in the southwest.  The lighting is different.  We are back in the visitor center area.


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Holes and gaps in the rock walls are formed by water erosion over time.


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Another view.


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A deepening blue sky contrasts with the sunlit rocks in this image.  Light and shadows contrast with each other.


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Rock, cool fresh air, and a sinking sun – let’s enjoy the last minutes in the park.


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Another picture taken not far from the visitor center.


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Another view.


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We like this image for the interplay of light and shadow.  The foreground is more lit up and the more distant objects are not receiving direct sunlight and appear darker.  We are looking generally to the west and the sun is sinking rapidly in the southwest.


Valley of Fire State Park Shadows and Rocks


The low sun is evoking the “fire” in the rocks as the shadows grow rapidly.


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Fully in shade, we take this picture.


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More holes and gaps in the rock face.




A frame of reference, a person, gives scale to these holes.  Interesting shadow effect of Lucy projected on to the rock behind her.


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A pic showing the texture of the rock surface.


Lucy and rocks


Inside the visitor center, we see a model of an early Native American camp.


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There is wildlife in the park and in the surrounding desert.


Visitor Center


Considering all three parts of this photo essay, we think this last part has the best images.  The late afternoon autumn sun seemed to make for better colors in the pictures.

The woman at the check register in the visitor center gift shop, a few minutes past 4 o’clock, cautioned another visitor that the darkness falls rapidly here in the park area at this time of year, and the park rangers do not want hikers or drivers to become lost in the park.  (This state park is open year round sunrise to sunset.)  We drove out of the park and along the service road back to the main highway in the late autumn twilight.  We reached the interstate highway in late twilight, near complete darkness.

There was another catalyst for us to be out of the park by nightfall.  Ancient lands may have spirits haunting them.  Spirits are more active after dark.

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