How was your weekend? Maybe you have an extra day off today? I’m working as usual today, but have a long weekend to look forward to next weekend. I just wanted to share a few family photos, from a day trip we made to Valley of Fire State Park yesterday.
Valley of Fire State Park, covers 42 000 acres, of incredible sandstone formations. It’s located 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas (NV.)
Valley of Fire derives its name from red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs, 150 million years ago. Complex uplifting and faulting of the region, followed by extensive erosion, have created the present landscape.
– Valley of Fire State Park visitor brochure
The landscape photos remains unedited on my computer, but I’m hoping that these little tastes of the beauty the park offers will make your day a little brighter. (The light was great yesterday, and I have high hopes for the landscape photos. I also used a relatively new lens, that I’ve never used in Valley of Fire before.)
Valley of fire is SO amazing. I’ve been there many times during the (almost) year I’ve lived in Las Vegas. It’s close by, a 90 min drive, but it’s like something from another universe.
The weather was perfect for exploring around the sandstone formations, 75 and cloudy, with an 18mph wind. It was the most comfortable visit temperature wise, including the winter visits. The sun is so painfully sharp in the desert, that even cool days can be hot, if that makes sense. Yesterday was amazing!
The photos in this post are taken in an area called The Seven Sisters, 7 tall red, eroded boulders. This was our second to last stop for the day, and on my daughter’s wish list. In fact she picked the three places she wanted to go to, and we went to those places; Altl Rock (petroglyphs,) The Cabins, and The Seven Sisters.
The whole day was more than perfect. There wasn’t too many people, we got to see the things on my daughter’s wish list without a crowd. We saw at least 20 big horn sheep! That was an experience in itself. We’ve seen them before, but never that many. I’m excited to start going through the rest of the photos after work today. It was such a fabulous, amazing day, and I really want to share that experience with you, hoping that the good energy will jump out from the photos, over to you 🙂