Highlights of 2011
As 2011 swiftly comes to an end, I would like to dedicate this week's blog to recapping some highlights over the past year. There have been so many exciting adventures it would take an entire book, however the following are the most outstanding or unique.
The New Year was welcomed in with festivities in Reno, and to add to the fun, I spent some quality time at Idlewild and Wingfield Park getting photos along the Truckee River in the snow.
Also in January, we had the weather phenomena called Pogonip or freezing fog. Although it is very cold and even dangerous to breathe the cold air for long periods, I braved the cold at Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge and was rewarded with some intriguing photos.
In March, I had the most amazing adventure in Death Valley, California with our Wildflower Photography Workshop. We camped at Furnace Creek, enjoyed great gourmet cooking, photographed wildflowers in the early morning and explored Death Valley during the rest of the day. The best part is, everyone is looking forward to doing it again this spring! If you would like to join us, please contact me via email.
Following the Death Valley trip in April, I was invited to exhibit my "Clouds, Sky and Moon" photos at the NeverEnder Gallery in Reno. Thanks again NeverEnder for a great reception and thanks to everyone for coming out and showing support!
During the month of July in Reno, the entire area celebrates the arts with Artown. I joined in the fun and action with the Purple Summer Festival held at Lavender Ridge. Again, I want to thank everyone, it is great to make new acquaintances and see familiar faces.
July was a busy and exciting month because the following week after the Purple Summer Festival, I was in Virginia City doing the still photography at the Americana Music Festival.
What wonderful music and the best part was meeting great musicians like Darrell Scott,
And Kathy Boyd with Phoenix Rising
Two favorite and unusual photography events occurred at night. In August, the Perseid Meteor Showers were due to peak at the same time as the full moon. After careful planning, I went out on August 11th. at 2:30 am to catch the sky while the moon was setting.
A total lunar eclipse occurred on December 10th. and again I braved the cold to be out at 5:00am to catch the eclipsed full moon just as it was setting over the Wassuk Mountains.
2011 has been a wonderful year and would not have been possible without your interest, support and inspiration. Thank you all for being along on the journey. I look forward to new adventures and thrills in 2012 and wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year!
Photographs Make Great Gifts
What an exciting and interesting photo-adventure this day has been. I love it when I am drawn to an area and not knowing what to expect I get treated to new experiences.
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