Cuties In Red Rock Canyon – developing an attitude of gratitude

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When you view your world with an attitude of gratitude, you are training yourself to focus on the good in life.
– Paul J. Meyer

When I first moved to Las Vegas I had to put a big effort into my attitude of gratitude, since it wasn’t a move I made by choice, it was sort of forced by circumstances. I still have to work hard on my attitude of gratitude about living here (especially days like today when the air is so polluted that it’s difficult to breath, and my skin feels like its on fire. Praying for some wind to blow the pollution away..) I have found that if I focus on what’s outside the city, the wonderful nature, and photography opportunities right in my backyard, life sure gets better.

It takes about 20 min to drive from Las Vegas Strip to the beginning of Red Rock Canyon, where these cuties live. There’s an abundance of burros (wild donkeys,) in, and near Red Rock Canyon. There’s even signs by the side of the road to look out for them. Sometimes you see them by the side of the road. You are more likely to get a glimpse of them around dawn and dusk. Seeing them, and the wild horses further up in the mountains always makes me feel eternally grateful for the beauty of life.

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Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

– Denis Waitley

What’s your 5 cents about developing an attitude of gratitude?

I hope you’re having a fabulous Thursday, it’s almost weekend 🙂

Love,

Maria

 

California Bound

I found a photo I overlooked from last winter, while organizing my photos for my book yesterday. I often tell myself that I should take more black and white photos, because I really enjoy it.

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Traffic close to the California/Nevada border, between Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. Do you enjoy black and white photography? Why? Why not? Do you ever shoot in black and white? Or convert your photos from color? I sometimes shoot in black and white, but often convert photos that I think have the right depth for black and white.

The most colorful thing in the world is black and white, it contains all colors and at the same time excludes all. 
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I am SO enjoying spending more time doing photography than I have in a long time. The thought of fall, and cooler weather (=more photography) is very exciting! What’s going on in your world? My daughter and I are working on some math projects this week. I’m organizing photos for my book, and thinking about that I should write a new, updated BIO for my about page, and my book. I’m praying for good air qualities in our area this weekend, so that we can go camping. I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far.

Love,

Maria

 

Layers Of A High Desert Sunset

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I just need you and some sunsets. – Atticus

We drove up to the mountains last Sunday, and by the end of the day we experienced a magical sunset. These are the different layers of sunset we experienced displaying their beauty over the high desert landscape.

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Dusk is just an illusion because the sun is either above the horizon or below it. And that means that day and night are linked in a way that few things are there cannot be one without the other yet they cannot exist at the same time. How would it feel I remember wondering to be always together yet forever apart? 

 

― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

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This sunset is enjoyed up in the Spring Mountain Range (NV,) just outside the little community of Cold Creek. Its was actually the first time I visited this area without seeing any wild horses. Slightly disappointing to begin with, but the fresh air, and the magic of the scenery soon overtook any feelings of disappointment. 

It’s almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream.  – Bern Williams

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There’s new high resolution photos to be enjoyed in my art gallery, including these Joshua Trees reaching up into the sunset.

Thank you for enjoying the sunset with me. I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far.

Love,

Maria