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My Photograph of the Day: Colors of the Rainbow

My Photograph of the Day: Colors of the Rainbow

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It was my second day at Valley of fire State Park just north of Las Vegas. If you have never been to Valley of Fire State Park, you really need to check this place out. It is hidden, and you are driving through this desert and you are wondering just where this place is. Suddenly you come to a pass if you will, and then the valley opens up below you. And red is the dominant color, which is so different from the gray and browns of the desert.

I was there for sunrise, as I really wanted to get the sun rising behind Elephant Rock. I got the photograph I wanted, and so after the sun rose, I decided to drive around the park to see what else I could find to photograph.

I drove over to the area known as Rainbow Vista, which is an overlook over a valley of very colorful sandstone. So I decided to drive down into the valley and headed over to the area for parking for the Fire Wave. On my way I decided to pull over and got out of my car, for I had seen some incredible colors in the sandstone formations on my left side, the sidelight of the risen sun was lighting the rock up nicely.

I walked around, and I was confronted with incredible colors that were on display in the sandstones before me. I was amazed at the ripples of reds and yellows and in some cases even some slight roses and purples shown in the bright early morning light. Sometimes I am surprised and in awe of our world, and the displays of beauty that are all around us. As I stood there, I was just simply amazed that the kind of colors that could be seen in rock in such a large-scale!

Rainbow Colors of the sandstone at Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada.

So I took off my camera pack, set up my tripod, and captured this simple image. At first blush there seems to be nothing spectacular about this image. But when I see look at it, I am amazed at the colors. I love the reds and the yellows as they contrasted with the deep blue of the early morning sky.

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David Cote is a landscape and travel photographer who makes stunning photographs of beautiful locations around our wonderful world. When not selling photography at art shows or online, he can be found sharing his love and knowledge of photography with others who love photography.

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Back in 1982, my Air Force roommate was in desperate need of some cash, and he had a camera. And I was in the market for a camera as I had TDY (Temporary Duty) orders for Cyprus and was looking for a good camera to take with me. So over some beers and some negotiations with my roommate (and a few hundred dollars later), I found that I had become the owner of a brand spanking new Canon AE-1 camera with an assortment of lens, including a Canon 50mm, a 35mm lens, as well as a telephoto lens. Fast forward to today, and I am now an owner of a Canon 5D Mark II (looking to upgrade, but waiting to see if Sony comes out with a 'A9' before I upgrade) and a bunch of Canon glass and I am primarily a landscape photographer. Yea, that means that I get up before the sun rises and am out after the sun sets. Makes for interesting times! Thank you for joining me on this photographic journey and hope to hear from you!

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