Nevada Desert Blues: Star Peak

Star Peak, West Humboldt Range, Nevada

On a whim one day, my husband and I decided to explore Willow Creek Road outside of Mill City in the Nevada desert.  We exited Highway 400 and crossed Dun Glen Flat to the East Range foothills.  Gradually we ascended the mountainside and observed evidence of a watershed: a tall willow tree, no doubt the road’s namesake, followed by a lovely concentration of junipers.  Within a few moments we came upon this pond with a view of the Humboldt Range and snow-covered Star Peak.

I have seen Star Peak hundreds of times before.  I have viewed it from the village of Imlay, Imlay Canyon, Imlay Summit, Rye Patch Reservoir, Antelope Plains, and the Humboldt River.  I have gazed at it from Prince Royal Canyon Road as the sun set and the moon rose while my husband played his harmonica.

I have watched Star Peak vanish into a bank of clouds while I sipped coffee in a navy camp chair, nestled under a fuzzy blanket with a faux Navajo design.

On the road to Unionville, I once stared as Star Peak snatched a few black clouds which then unleashed on it a fury of white flurries.

Star Peak is a landmark: a stark protrusion; a regional north star.

And now it is a Shangri-La.

28 thoughts on “Nevada Desert Blues: Star Peak

    • Dear Amresh, I’m so happy to hear from you. Thank you for taking the time to write me! 🙂 I am delighted that you like the photo. Yes, this place is very special and now very dear to my heart. Blessings, Vivian

  1. To say it’s ‘beautiful’ would be an understatement. If there’s some sort of a magical pond in heaven, I guess this is how it would look like!
    Surreal & magical capture! immensely loved it! 🙂

    • It is heavenly, isn’t it? I was stunned to find this view of Star Peak. We see a lot of beauty in the desert but rarely is a Nevada desert scene as replete as this one in terms of lushness and variety.

      I could not be more delighted that you enjoyed this photo, Teju. Thank you for visiting and for leaving me such a nice note! 🙂

      • Dear aunt Vivian, Not sure if you still remember me… Nevertheless, I haven’t been very active here since many years now but have always missed you dearly throughout this period.
        I tried looking for other ways to get in touch with you on your blog but couldn’t find any. Assuming you wouldn’t want to divulge your contact details here, may I request you to please drop a line at I would love to hear from you.

        Love and respects,

      • My favorite niece Teju, I was so delighted to receive your message. Yes, I will soon write to your email. I have thought of you many times and look forward to hearing all of your news dearest, it has been far too long. Love, Vivian

  2. How beautiful Vivian! It makes me homesick for Wyoming. When we lived there it would snow in the summertime in the mountains. The peaks would be white just like in your picture. I always look forward to seeing where you are and hearing about your adventures. We’re heading to Michigan to see my mom next week. I’m so excited!

    • Hi Kimberly, Thank you so much for your note, I am delighted to hear from you. I’m sorry it has taken me so long to respond. I am not on WordPress very much this year, nor am I in the desert. This year is very different for us, a lot of changes. But I’m delighted that you like the photo which was taken last November. I have not been to Wyoming but I know I would love it. I hope you have a wonderful visit with your mother. Cherish each moment, our mothers are so precious. Blessings to you and your family. Love, Vivian

      • It was so nice to have your message when we got home. I had such a wonderful time with my Mom. It was so hard to leave her. She’s planning on coming to visit us later this summer. I’m very thankful to be able to see her again. Our mothers are very precious! I’m not on WordPress very much either. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time to keep up with everything. I do look forward to your posts. Blessings to you too!!!

      • I’m delighted that you enjoyed your visit with your Mom and that you’ll see her again this summer! I was just thinking of inviting my Mom for a visit. Don’t know if she’s up to traveling this far but I’m hoping so. Here’s to our Moms! Stay cool and enjoy the rest of your summer! Affectionately, Viv

  3. ” I have gazed at it from Prince Royal Canyon Road as the sun set and the moon rose while my husband played his harmonica.” I imagine the scene… How peaceful it must have been with the sound of the harmonica. A moment suspended in time…
    What an amazing photo Vivian !

    • Thank you for your kind words, Jocelyne, I am delighted that you enjoyed this. It was indeed peaceful, you are so right. A special moment in a place of beauty and solitude. I know that you have a great appreciation for these things, as you so tenderly illustrate in your blog.

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