Photography: Calico Basin Red Springs

I've never imagined I will be living in the desert, ever

It's been more than a decade, and I still can't fully accept and adjust.

I think it's the high expectations I've set for myself and my future that prevent me from settling. To me, settling feels almost like giving up on my dreams.

But what if I'm wrong?

What if settling is actually the way to my dreams? 

What if 'settling' meant being in harmony with the present, taking notice of what's happening right now, right this moment, recognizing the beauty in the day-to-day activities? 

Wouldn't I be more receptive to and more aware of new ideas and encounters that are in alignment with my dreams, beliefs, and passions? I'd like to think so. 

I look at it this way: the present moment, the place where I am now, has everything I need to make anything I want become real.

The desert gives life too! It's not a dry, flat, rigid piece of land that kills everything in its reach.

Where I am, whom I meet, what I do, everything is in perfect synchronicity with what I want to achieve and learn.

Even if I wanted to go somewhere else, where would I go? I'd just be running away. Running away from the truth.

And the truth is that I am scared of settling. I'm scared of getting stuck in one place (physically and emotionally) for too long, where I begin to get too comfortable, to one day look around and realize, I've let life slip through my fingertips. I'm scared of not living up to my full potential. 

So, how do I face my fears? I stay. I stay, and I go to nature.  

Nature is the easiest place for me to be present, to notice how beautiful life is, how everything that happens is actually guiding me towards my happy ending

Nature works in mysterious ways! She makes me feel exposed and vulnerable, especially when I'm alone in her embrace, but then I also feel safe and peaceful.

The only way to become one with my surroundings is to look outside myself. 

I love going to the Calico Basin Red Springs in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. It almost feels like you're on Mars - spectacular red and white sandstone cliffs sculpted naturally by geological forces. It's always really fun to take pictures there, climbing and hiking for that perfect shot. 

Location: Calico Basin Red Springs, Red Rock Canyon NCA, Las Vegas, Nevada 

PicMonkey Collage


This place is so beautiful. The rocks remind of sculptures, sculpted by Nature and enlivened by imagination.

I find it really interesting how different people looking at the same rock can bring different meaning and form to it. 

It's fascinating how our experiences define our reality

Find beauty wherever you are,


Thank you for coming along with me to Calico Basin Red Springs. I hope you enjoyed my post, maybe even found something of value. I hope you can appreciate my photography point of view, as well! 

More photos from this photo-shoot on my Instagram @artisticspring, so if you want to stay at Red Springs a little bit longer, click on the link!