Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
During much of my recent trip through the southwest I had what most would take as great weather; no rain, mild temperatures and deep blue skies. But fair conditions and clear skies don't make for exciting photo ops. I spent my last couple days of my two weeks in the desert exploring Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, and while it offers endless possibilities, the bright sun washed out the sandstone color and spilled frustrating contrast everywhere. Finally, on my last night, wondrous clouds rolled through the valley bringing an incredibly intense sunrise. The harsh landscape of the previous couple days seemed to catch fire in the coming dawn. I spent an exhilarating half hour running around the glowing sandstone until the light snuffed out.