Red Rock Canyon, right outside the gates of Las Vegas, is situated perfectly to capture the rising sun. The canyons - seen here - face due east and every morning, unless it's really overcast, it sees the sun chase the shadows down the face of the canyons. It's quite a spectacle to behold! Particularly when there's clouds providing some nuance for the photograph.
Las Vegas gets over 300 days of sunshine per year. Many, too many, of those days come as clear blue days with no clouds. It's part of the package when being a Las Vegas landscape photographer.
Many of those days I'll wake up 90 minutes before sunrise and take a look outside. Quite often, if there's even a hint of clouds lying to the west, I'll grab my camera gear, throw it and myself plus a cup of hot coffee into my truck and head out to one of my many locations to watch the sun come up and hope for some spectacular color. I'll admit - being an artist has its downsides. As a photographic artist, waking up around 4AM is definitely one of them. But being able to witness the incredible beauty that nature brings during the time of day which provides her best light... that's worth the sacrifice. Even if I don't get the shot.