Winter

Snow in the Mountains at Red Rock

This past January I was supposed to be going to Cathedral City, CA for an art show, but they canceled the show because of heavy rain that weekend. Cathedral City is just outside of Palm Springs, which is relatively close to Las Vegas. We also had a lot of rain here that weekend, and we got snow in the mountains of Red Rock Canyon.

Winter Morning at Pine Creek, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Although I missed not having the art show, it gave me an opportunity to explore the mountains of Red Rock Canyon covered in snow, a rare event. Another uncommon event is to have the normally dry streams filled with running water. The streams flowed for several days following the storms. I’ve seen some of the runoff streams gushing with water before, as in this photograph.

Red Rock Runoff, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

But that was during a heavy rainstorm, and it was accompanied by flash flooding. The recent rain and snow were a light, steady precipitation that built up over multiple days. And because a lot of the precipitation was snow, the streams continued to be fed as the snow melted in the higher elevations and worked its way down the mountains. So in the end, I had an extended period of time to make these photographs. After only a few days, however, the flow of water in the creeks slowed considerably. That extended period really was only a short window of time to capture the maximum flow of water.

Things don’t always work out as we plan. In this case I missed my art show, but the consolation was the opportunity to make these unique photographs.

Gray Winter on Pine Creek, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area