I was in the Las Vegas area for a few days. I know most people think wow Las Vegas and all the things most people want to do. I think Las Vegas, close to fill in the blank....Zion, Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Lake Mead.
For me I like to be able to get away from Vegas and see a sunrise or sunset and Lake Mead was the place.
I had driven across the Hoover Dam once on my way home from Yosemite, but had never really stopped to explore. Having a few days to do so, I looked up some possible places to photograph on Google Earth.
I was up pretty early one day and decided to drive out to see what the sunrise might bring. On the way from Henderson to Boulder City, I noticed a few clouds. I got to the lake and I could already see some hint of color. The spot I picked out had shore access and there were a few small rocky outcrops and islands close by.
I set up the camera and started to make a few images. As soon as I saw the orange light of the distant sunrise on the LCD, I knew this was going to be good.
I started at the lake shore but was never sure the location was the right one. I moved left. Then right. Then back up the hill. Then back to the shore. The light kept getting better and I was firing off exposure after exposure.
The sky filled with color.
I kept photographing. Never quite sure I was in the right spot, so I kept moving. I must have walked a mile going back and forth, never quite finding the right spot.
I was still enjoying the light show and it was a great one that went on for a long time. Finally the sun rose and I made a last few images. Checked the time-only 6:45AM.
I made a few more shots, drove over to look at Hoover Dam and then drove up into Boulder City by 8 and to an appointment at 9.
Not a bad way to spend a morning!