In Las Vegas last weekend giving a colloquium at the university, before joining friends for a trail marathon through Titus Canyon to finish on the floor of Death Valley. Taking the bus at dawn to the start of the race I was reminded that Death Valley is exceptionally beautiful, and I resolved to return for a longer photo trip than I managed back in 2006. (Titus Canyon is also beautiful, though by the time I got to the best parts at around mile 21 I was more focused on the pain in my muscles!) The day after the race we did a short warm-down hike in Red Rock Canyon just outside Las Vegas. Red Rocks is somewhat reminiscent of Zion, and one can explore the smaller formations off the road pretty much at will. We were there at mid-day but I’m sure there must be good photographic possibilities when the light and weather are co-operative.