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Virginia City Angel

Virginia City sits right in the heart of the old Comstock Silver Rush and prospered in the 1860s.  It is considered to be one of the oldest established communities in the state of Nevada.  The town is now a National Historic Landmark and is a lot of fun to visit, but one of the most interesting things in the town is actually the cemetery.  The cemetery is walking distance from the down town and has grave sites of many old settlers, minors and inhabitance of Virginia City.  This headstone is one of the many interesting and beautiful that can be found here.

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Lower Yosemite Falls

This is a classic shot of the lower Yosemite Falls taken from the bride.  The power of this falls is felt by the mist, wind and sound that is created as the water cascades off this final ledge as it enters Yosemite Valley.  There is enough force to push mist and wind down to where I am composing the shot, enough to make me have to wipe down the lens between shots.

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Upper Yosemite Falls

The 1,430 foot drop end with a white spray of water that forms an infinite number of patterns and shapes as it hits the granite at the falls base.

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Tough Life, but with a View

Settlers cabin in the Bishop California area.  Cannot imagine what it was like to live there, but I can understand why they tried.

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Hardier Soul Then I - 1

This little settler’s cabin sits just west of Duck Lake, which is just on the south shore of Pyramid Lake.

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Hardier Soul Then I - 2

This little settler’s cabin sits just west of Duck Lake, which is just on the south shore of Pyramid Lake.

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Geese Under the Flume

A couple months ago I hiked down to photograph one of the several flumes that follow the Truckee River through the canyon between Truckee and Verdi.  During the winter after many very cold days the water that continually leaks out freezes into incredible icicles and ice sculptures.   For years I have driven by on my way up or down the hill and finally I decided to hike down and photograph them.  My main goal was to photograph the flume and the ice, but as I was photographing I saw these two Canadian Geese wonder buy.

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Wells Street Overpass

In a walk around downtown Reno last week I shot this as I walked under the Wells Street Overpass.  I was attracted to the shapes, lines and contrast.  I do not shoot too much urban work, but I do enjoy the change.  Urban settings offer a whole new set of compositional elements.

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Sun over the Playa

The Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada is one of the most desolate places I have ever been – Miles of flat cracked playa in the summer and almost a shallow lake of wet mud in the winter.  But, once a year an entire city is built there for a week.

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Yuba River Oak

2014 was a dry year and it left the mighty Yuba River running very low and slow, but it made from beautiful reflections.  I choose to render this in black and white to emphasis the wonderful texture of the scene

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Yuba Reflections

In October of 2014 the South Fork of the Yuba River was running slow and had many beautiful pools that were mirroring the rocky landscape around it.

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Avalanche Lake

The mountains that ring the south end of Avalanche Lake obviously suffer from the event for which this lake was named for.  The remains of hundreds of trees that were victims of those avalanches cover the north end of the lake.  But in early winter the lake is a peaceful place to watch to weather pass over the ridge line.  This lake is in the west side of Glacier National Park in Montana.

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East Shore Lake Tahoe

The East Shore of Lake Tahoe has a very dramatic look with its rocky shore line.  Much of the East Shore is contained in the Nevada State Park and as a result as easy access to many of the beautiful parts.  This photo was taken from a trail that follows the East Shore north of Sand Harbor.

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Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park

There is a nice trail that will take you along some of the most beautiful Lake Tahoe shore line the goes from Memorial Point to Sand Harbor through the Lake Tahoe State Park.  This is just one of many nice scenes from that trail.

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Ready to Sail

A catamaran sits ready on a Tahoe Vista beach in the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.

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Sunset at the East Shore of Lake Tahoe

One of Tahoe’s many beautiful sunsets taken from the east shore just north of Sand Harbor. 2008

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Stars over Emerald Bay

Despite that fact that Emerald Bay is one of the most photographed parts of Lake Tahoe, that I have known that the shot is in the morning before the sun rises AND I live fairly close to it – It took me many years to finally drag myself out of bed early enough to get this shot.  There are several pull outs on the road that heads around the bay and many place to walk down to get good views.  This was taken right from the retainer wall on the highway.

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Sand Harbor Pool

This little pool can be found out on the point at Sand Harbor, it takes a bit of exploring and some rock climbing skills, but once you find it will be worth it.

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Crane

This Sand Hill Crane was in the pond behind my house one morning before the sun rose.

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Reno Skyline

This is taken from the Holiday Inn on 6th Street.  The photograph was actually taken before the sun rose. When I went to take the photo I was expecting the casino lights to be on, but I did not realize the turn them off sometime during the night.  The resulting picture was probably better without them.

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South Rim of the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is an amazing place. I was struck by the way the evening light accented all of the detail in the canyon wall.
The trial in the lower part of the photo is the Angel Bright trail, once many years ago I used it to hike out of the Grand Canyon on a backpacking trip to the bottom.

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Sunflowers

After a trip from the coast in 2005 I was driving through Davis CA and some of the fields to the south of the freeway were planted with Sunflowers.  I was unable to stop that trip, but the next week I got back to take this.

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Fly Geysers at Sunset

I was fortunate enough to get access to the Fly Geysers in the Black Rock Desert in 2009.  Despite their image being an iconic image for Nevada, they are actually on private land. These geysers are actually man made, but after flowing for decades, they formed this Yellowstone like formation.  The beauty of these geysers is then accented by the surrounding beauty of the northern Black Rock Desert.

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Tough Life, but with a View

Settlers cabin in the Bishop California area.  Cannot imagine what it was like to live there, but I can understand why they tried.

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Reno Skyline

This is taken from the Holiday Inn on 6th Street.  The photograph was actually taken before the sun rose. When I went to take the photo I was expecting the casino lights to be on, but I did not realize the turn them off sometime during the night.  The resulting picture was probably better without them.

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Virginia City Angel

Virginia City sits right in the heart of the old Comstock Silver Rush and prospered in the 1860s.  It is considered to be one of the oldest established communities in the state of Nevada.  The town is now a National Historic Landmark and is a lot of fun to visit, but one of the most interesting things in the town is actually the cemetery.  The cemetery is walking distance from the down town and has grave sites of many old settlers, minors and inhabitance of Virginia City.  This headstone is one of the many interesting and beautiful that can be found here.

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Close Horizons

In the Winnemucca Ranch area north of Reno I saw this vision as I got out of my car to explore the area.  It was proposed to put tens of thousands of houses out in this ranch miles north of Reno.  Besides the fact that it is a beautiful Nevada valley, there is not infrastructure to support all those houses out there, putting a huge burden on Reno.  An artist friend of mine started a group to oppose the development and used art as a tool to do that.  This image was in one of the art shows to raise awareness and funds to fight for that.

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Winnemucca Ranch Fence

This fence and background caught my eye as I was driving though the Winnemucca Ranch area north of Reno a few years ago.  It sill is feels iconic of the area.

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Heart of Stone

A Reno Based Group that calls itself Voters for Sensible Growth has been putting on an annual art show in an effort to raise awareness and money to prevent the urban sprawl that has been happening in the Reno area. One area that the group has been fighting to save is the Winnemucca Ranch area that is between Reno and Pyramid Lake. Although, the area is Nevada high desert it is a beautiful area – the thousands of homes someone wanted to put out here would surly destroy it. Besides the fact there is not infrastructure (water, sewer, power, roads, schools, etc. etc. etc.).
I found this heart in the rock of a canyon on the west side of the valley that Winnemucca Ranch sites in while exploring for images for that show. ‘Heart of Stone’ was in the Voters for Sensible Growth art show in 2008.

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Pattern and shape

I was on a project to take photographs for an upcoming art show and I was out in Winnemucca Ranch north of Reno Nevada.  I noticed this scene as I was climbing around on some rocks at the end of the day.  Patterns in Nature is always a great theme in a photograph, but I am always amazed and delighted when I see patterns in dissimilar things such as trees and clouds.  I was drawn the similarities in the shape and texture of these two things.

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Ford Power

Hot August Night – Reno, NV

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Hot August Nights

In the first week in August Hot Rods from around the country come to Reno Nevada to celebrate Hot August Nights.

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Stone Mother

Stone Mother is a rock formation on the east side of Pyramid Lake.  The rock formation was named by the Paiute Indians that have live in this area.  The Mother sits with her basket looking out over the lake.

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Three Ponds in Autumn

This property sits along a trail that is accessible from just behind my house.  This beautify landscaped property has ponds, fountains, bridges, beautiful trees, guest house, an assortment of water fowl and this incredible scene.   I am fortunate to be able to walk by it on a very regular basis and enjoy this view.

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Hunter Creek Falls

This water fall is about 1 ½ hours into one of the best hikes that is accessible in Reno.  It is the Hunter Creek trail that starts from the upper part of Caughlin Ranch in Reno.  The trail starts just on the northwest side of Caughlin Ranch and within minutes you are in the Mt. Rose Wilderness Area.  You hike from the Reno high desert, into cottonwood, then aspen, through a scattering of lower elevation pines and on to a full on Tahoe forest.   The trail is moderate in difficulty but does require good hiking boots.  What makes this trail stand out is the beauty and diversity.   The High point, although not the end, is this wonderful waterfall.

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Mt Rose

I took this from the ridge line south of Mt. Rose on a hike I took yesterday (Monday  1/10/11).  I used HDR effect to accentuate the clouds and the trees in the foreground.  As you probably have realized I love pattern and form.  Mt. Rose is one of the tallest peaks in the Reno Tahoe area rising 10,776’.  There is a really nice (and hard) hike to get to the top for some epic vies of Tahoe and the Reno area.

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Color on Rose

This photograph was taken in the early morning before the sunrise.  The cool morning colors and the striking color of the fall aspen trees make a great contrast.  This was taken right off of Mt. Rose Highway at the road for the Mt. Rose Slide Side ski area.  There is a huge grove of aspen along the highway in this area and most years it is a fantastic show for autumn.

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Moonbow at Lower Yosemite Falls

In the spring, on a night with a full moon and a clear sky it is sometimes possible to see a moon bow in Lower Yosemite falls.  This one occurred in May of 2005.

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First Light on Donner

Donner Lake CA taken from Rainbow Bridge on Highway Old 40.

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Fire Burnt

This stump stands along a fire road above Hope Valley South of Lake Tahoe.  The scare shows the results of an old fire that probably killed the tree.

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Morning Light on Mt. Whitney

This photography was actually taken by the first light to fall on Mt. Whitney in 2010 – taken January 1st 2010 at about 8am.  The foreground is Alabama Hills (just outside the town of Lone Pine) used as a site for many old westerns and some new ones – have you seen Iron Man?  Mt. Whitney (the tallest peak in the contiguous United States) is actually the peak to the right in the clouds.  Lone Pine Peak (the peak on the left) appears taller, even though it is shorter by over 1,000’, because it is closer.

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Morning at Emerald Bay

Emerald Bay is probably one of the most photographed places at Lake Tahoe.  The accessible vantage point and amazing view make for this color portrait of this amazing place.

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First Light on Donner

Donner Lake CA taken from Rainbow Bridge on Highway Old 40.

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Tug under the Gate

Just as the sun sets a tugboat makes it way out under the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Yuba River Oak

2014 was a dry year and it left the mighty Yuba River running very low and slow, but it made from beautiful reflections.  I choose to render this in black and white to emphasis the wonderful texture of the scene.

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Yuba Reflections

In October of 2014 the South Fork of the Yuba River was running slow and had many beautiful pools that were mirroring the rocky landscape around it.

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Traditional North American Teepee.  Illuminated by the full moon with a fire warning the inside.

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Horseshoe Bend

We have been driving for most the day. Got picked up in Scottsdale and headed up, to Prescott. From there we drove to Page AZ. We got here late in the afternoon and made a snap decision to head to Horseshoe Bend with our last few hours of sunlight. It was a beautifully good decision. Horseshow Bend is a well photographed section of the Colorado River just downstream of the Lake Powel Dam.  The sun was setting and the colors were great.

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Roadside

This is one of the many roadside waterfalls that you drive by in and around Glacier National Park in Montana.