Sunset in Red Rock Canyon

I arrived late in the afternoon. A good time, I thought, to catch the sunset. I’ve never been to Red Rock Canyon before, so I just followed the sun.

The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located just a few miles west of Las Vegas within the Mojave Desert. There are many stops along the 13-mile Scenic Drive through Red Rock Canyon to get out of the car and explore the canyon and its many trails.

Almost at the end of the 13-mile Scenic Drive I found a spot to watch the sunset. I didn’t have the rocks in my view, however the colors of the sky were spectacular.

Usually I would never try to take any color away from this photo. It’s almost perfect after all. However, I wanted to see what it would look like in black and white. How ironic, a sunset photo in black and white…

As I slowly turned this photo into black and white, it revealed a dramatic sky that though fabulous in color, was magical in black and white. Wouldn’t you agree?

This play with black and white was inspired by Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Clouds.

The sky is the ultimate art gallery just above us.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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