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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

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 3, 2017 at 4:54 AM

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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?


    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.


          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.


      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.


    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.


    February 3, 2017 at 8:24 AM

  6. Great dramatic sky.


    February 3, 2017 at 12:18 PM

  7. What a send off!!

    • Yes, it was. I think we had five good sunsets on the trip.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 3, 2017 at 3:09 PM

      • You can’t beat a good sunset 🙂 Even when viewed from the same spot over and over they’re never the same, always something magical setting them apart.

        Sarah Longes - Mirador Design

        February 20, 2017 at 5:41 PM

        • We didn’t see a good sunset in New Zealand today but we unexpectedly saw a rainbow late in the day even though there had been no more than a few brief drops of rain.

          Steve Schwartzman

          February 21, 2017 at 3:29 AM

          • Wow, must have been a lot of moisture in the air I guess! New Zealand is a place full of the unexpected though 🙂 Wish I was over there with my family at the moment! We all keep in touch on Facebook but I miss my cousins.

            Sarah Longes - Mirador Design

            February 27, 2017 at 7:05 PM

            • Sounds like it’s time for a visit.

              Steve Schwartzman

              February 28, 2017 at 3:20 AM

              • Way past time! Way too expensive 😦

                • Expensive, yes. Gasoline (petrol) costs three times as much in New Zealand as in Texas.

                  Steve Schwartzman

                  March 4, 2017 at 9:25 PM

                • Ha! It’s cheaper in New Zealand than here I think. It’s about £1.20 a litre at the moment. It’s the flights that cost too much 😦 Much of NZ’s living costs are better than in the UK except for groceries as I understand it! Apparently the cheapest fuel costs in the world are in Venezuela and the most expensive at the moment is the Netherlands.

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


    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!


    February 5, 2017 at 4:03 PM

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


    February 5, 2017 at 8:38 PM

  12. Amazing!


    July 30, 2017 at 7:58 PM

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