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.
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.