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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.