Red Rock Canyon in Black & White

I wish that I was more patient. I would love to take better photos of the places I visit, but simply don’t have the patience to take quality photos. I’ve tried in the past and it just doesn’t work. I have finally come to the conclusion that my small automatic camera is the only way that I will get any photos of all the parks I visit.

While visiting Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area, I had a friend join me who has the patience to take photos. Not only that, she has the creativity to take black and white photos in a place that is know for its brilliant colors — something that would never even cross my mind. Enjoy (click on the photos to really enjoy them)

red rock canyon burro

red rock canyon crevice

red rock canyon donkey

red rock canyon sky

red rock canyon slot

Photos copyright Lorraine Bonde, used with permission.

Tortoise Crossing Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

One of the things that I love about the parks in the National Parks system is that there’s a good chance that you will end up stumbling across something that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. I was recently visiting Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area just outside Las Vegas when I came across this road warning sign:

tortoise xing

Probably more effective that speed bumps for slowing down traffic (especially when a tortoise is crossing the road)