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Cactus Stalker

Yeah, it’s been a killer spring around here. Winter was fairly mild. Heck, February was almost enjoyable. Mid-March through April? Not so nice. We’re still barely getting into the 50’s for daytime highs.

So, what’s a guy to do when he’s getting a bit stir crazy and the fishing’s lousy? Head to the desert! A little place called Valley of Fire State Park (VOF). It’s in Nevada, about 60 miles northeast of Lost Wages. It was 30° F and snowing at home the morning we left. Eight hours of driving later, we were in VOF, basking in the 80° F heat. It had been nearly seven months since we’d felt temps like that. It didn’t even bother me that I was hours from the nearest native trout stream.

We spent four glorious days working on some serious sunburns. Hiked some pretty trails. Took 500+ pictures. Not a care in the world.

I though I’d share some pics with you (a bunch) in case you want to enjoy some vicarious warmth.


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13 comments for “Cactus Stalker”

  1. Very nice photos. Good to see that you are back to posting again.

    Posted by Kevin | May 4, 2011, 6:22 am
  2. Great shots Scott! What a beautiful place to spend some time. Glad to see you back around. I have been a little absent lately too trying to get everything squared away with the local TU chapter reboot. We are well on our way here in just a few short months. How is Rise Forms looking for the next issue?

    Posted by wyoflyfish | May 5, 2011, 12:51 pm
  3. Really nice spread Scott – a number of those images reach right out and grab me. The backlit chola is first rate.

    Posted by Brett Colvin | May 6, 2011, 11:45 am
    • Thanks Brett. For a place with as much color as Valley of Fire, I think I like most of the b&w better than the color. I’m still working on that photographer’s eye: that place has so much color and texture, it’s hard for me to figure out what to focus on.

      Posted by Cutthroat Stalker (Scott) | May 6, 2011, 2:58 pm
  4. These pictures are incredible.

    Posted by Dave B | May 10, 2011, 9:57 am
  5. Some really nice pics Scott-with that much color and texture it is difficult to find your focus point sometimes. I have the same problem. I am getting ready to step up to a digital slr here soon. Leaning towards the Nikon 5100 at this point-just need to come up with the $$. This should allow me to do more than the point & shoot will allow. Looking forward to Rise Forms!

    Posted by Harry | May 11, 2011, 6:18 am
    • Yeah Harry, pretty much no matter where I turned, bombarded with sensory overload. I tried looking for leading lines, or something breaking up those lines. I found myself focusing more on things in close instead of open vistas. Rise Forms is now online. I hope you enjoy it.

      Posted by Cutthroat Stalker (Scott) | May 11, 2011, 8:01 am
  6. Sounds and looks like a great trip. Love the photos.

    Most people think of the desert as an empty wasteland, but there is plenty going on when you get out and look.


    Posted by Mark Whitney | May 20, 2011, 9:14 am
  7. Thanks for all those beautiful, unique photographs. This post may have had nothing to do with fishing, but anglers and non-anglers, alike, couldn’t help but enjoy and appreciate the magnificence of nature and her surroundings, as you captured them.

    Posted by Jack | July 19, 2011, 1:45 pm
  8. is this the last post? i was looking forward to reading more. go cutthroat stalker

    Posted by Dallas Photographer Les Wollam | March 11, 2012, 1:22 pm

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