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Celestial fire over the Valley of Fire

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Here’s what we saw at the end of our visit to Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park on October 24th last year.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 3, 2017 at 4:54 AM

35 Responses

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  1. Beautiful

    Chas Spain

    February 3, 2017 at 6:11 AM

  2. That’s a Wagnerian sky if I’ve ever seen one. Any chance that you spotted some Valkyries riding by?

    shoreacres

    February 3, 2017 at 6:36 AM

    • That made me laugh, Linda!

      Playamart - Zeebra Designs

      February 3, 2017 at 7:21 AM

      • I didn’t spot any Valkyries in the Valley of Fire, but now that Wagnerian music is going through my head.

        Steve Schwartzman

        February 3, 2017 at 7:23 AM

        • Unfortunately the sound of heavy equipment is the soundtrack here on the coast.. and hot? oh my the air is so thick with humidity i’m ready for a cold cerveza at 11 in the morning! toto, we’re not in the cloudforest today!

          Playamart - Zeebra Designs

          February 3, 2017 at 10:16 AM

          • On the Equator (Ecuador), altitude makes all the difference. Sounds like you’re eager to get back to the cloudforest. On the other hand, the coast has an ocean.

            Steve Schwartzman

            February 3, 2017 at 10:36 AM

            • It’s ‘sobering’ here to witness those just trying to exist.. Will be working on photos and writing an update soon, but this morning I watched people ‘receiving’ kit houses of bamboo.. all parts precut and ready.. they pick them up drive to their lot and build the houses in a few days.. am heading to photograph the construction of one as soon as i log off… in a few days i’ll adapt to the heat!

              Playamart - Zeebra Designs

              February 3, 2017 at 11:02 AM

        • Depending on what you had on your to-do list for the morning, that could be good or bad. Wagner might do for a meeting with the IRS or a dental appointment, but for photographing a sweet little flower? Maybe not so much.

          shoreacres

          February 3, 2017 at 2:26 PM

          • It was getting rid of fallen leaves from the front yard, for which energetic music seems like a good idea.

            Steve Schwartzman

            February 3, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    • A friend attended Wagner at the Lyric, in Chicago. He said that the Valkyries were bouncing from the ceiling on bungee cords! That image will always give me a laugh.

      melissabluefineart

      February 3, 2017 at 8:04 AM

  3. Beautiful with a touch of scary!

    Andy Oldham

    February 3, 2017 at 7:59 AM

    • It wasn’t at all scary in person, but a picture takes on a life of its own and you’re free to experience it as the spirit moves you.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 3, 2017 at 8:07 AM

  4. Looks like a glorious end to the day.

    melissabluefineart

    February 3, 2017 at 8:05 AM

    • It was. I took dozens and dozens of pictures of the sunset as it evolved. Minutes before photographing the sunset per se, I aimed in a different direction to record the arc of a rainbow in a sky that was already getting colorful.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 3, 2017 at 8:14 AM

  5. I cannot imagine how you felt gazing at such magnificence. Nature has many sides, including forecasting disaster.

    lensandpensbysally

    February 3, 2017 at 8:24 AM

  6. Great dramatic sky.

    rabirius

    February 3, 2017 at 12:18 PM

  7. What a send off!!

  8. The depth and color of this is striking, Steve – great photo!

    composerinthegarden

    February 4, 2017 at 12:28 PM

    • Thanks, Lynn. It was a welcome end to our visit, especially after the overcast skies that covered us all day.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 4, 2017 at 1:24 PM

  9. Oh how I love those skies at day’s beginning and end! I am always impressed by the beauty and variety of your photos!

    Lavinia Ross

    February 5, 2017 at 3:29 PM

  10. Awesome photo!

    montucky

    February 5, 2017 at 4:03 PM

  11. Sensational! I would have been falling over to grab my camera …

    Julie@frogpondfarm

    February 5, 2017 at 8:38 PM


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