Sunday, December 30, 2012

Highlights of 2012


Welcoming the New Year 




The past year has been both exciting with new opportunities and disappointing with the loss of more art shows.

 Early in the year a notice came out that the Purple Summer Festival at Lavender Ridge during Reno's Artown would not be held again this year.  Over the past four years the Purple Summer Festival has become one of Reno's largest art festivals with three days of family fun, music and culinary delights. 

The opportunities that came through this year also gave me a chance to début several of my new photographs.

An exciting start to the New Year began when I received an invitation to join Reno's art touring group, Reno Open Studios.  It's quite an honor to be among the 40 artists who promote their art in exhibits in the Reno area and open their studios for the public during September.




During my open studio, I exhibited my new collection of photographs, "Solar Temenos" that were taken during the Venus Transit across the sun. I demonstrated the process of making a Baader Solar Filter and adapting it to the Nikon 500mm 4.0 lens that was mounted to my digital camera.   For more information on the Solar Temenos, please follow the link at the end of the post.




In early June, I was very fortunate to have my Nevada photographs selected for exhibit and purchase at the 49th. International Photo Fair in Bièvres, France.




Among the photos selected was a new work entitled, "Fall Equinox Moon".




Culminating my exhibits for the 2012 season and opening November 22nd. through December 13th., I was honored to be included with six photographers from different parts of the world to exhibit in "November Montmartre" at the L'Atelier des Artistes Montmartre in  Paris, France.




The photographs selected were images of fall scenes in the southwestern U.S., including one of my latest works, "Silver City, Nevada”.




My favorite photo shoots during the year:
 Americana Music Festival in Virginia City, Nevada on July 14th.




Fall adventures in Yosemite National Park through Tioga Pass.




It has been an exciting year, I welcome the New Year and wish everyone a happy 2013! 


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With my Nikon and tripod, my goal is to recreate the scene as it appears in nature, to preserve in a photographic image the awesome, yet simplistic beauty of the scene that waits around a bend or over a hill. Sometimes it's a colorful landscape, and many times I'm allowed in the presence of the numerous creatures that adapt to life in the wild.
 
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Monday, December 24, 2012

Celebrating the Season


 Special Time for Embracing Nature

As the countdown begins toward that big time of festivities and traditions on Christmas Day, I look out my office window at the trees shuttering in the cold wind and am reminded of how I love to celebrate this special day.


 With all the rush and frenzy to buy the right gift, plus the hours in preparation for the holiday feast, there is nothing more pleasing than taking a quiet walk in nature.


  I suppose my desire to spend time in nature was developed by my dad when he took interesting drives after our big noon-time meal on the back roads in Georgia.


Christmas Day to me is a time to embrace and celebrate peace and to reflect back on treasured moments with loves ones.


 What better way to celebrate the peace than a picnic on leftovers with some hot spiced tea, surrounded by the wonders of nature. 


As I reflect back over special times and cherished  memories of Christmases past, I wish to you a peaceful and joyous Holiday Season.




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With my Nikon and tripod, my goal is to recreate the scene as it appears in nature, to preserve in a photographic image the awesome, yet simplistic beauty of the scene that waits around a bend or over a hill. Sometimes it's a colorful landscape, and many times I'm allowed in the presence of the numerous creatures that adapt to life in the wild.
 
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Winter Solstice, a Time for Reflection



Welcome to 2012 Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice, a period of so much darkness, to me is a time to turn inward. A time for quiet reflection and as the earth slumbers, inner peace is restored.  The video, “Winter Solstice” is my reflections of special moments over the past year.




 
Winter solstice occurs on December 21st.
When the sun shines directly over the tropic of Capricorn.
  The sun appears at its lowest point in the sky, 
marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year.
  The word solstice from Latin, solstitium, sol, sun.  
  A balance between the forces of day and night.
 Nature's reprieve from summer follies,
when nature lies dormant all around us and stillness settles over the land.
  A time for quiet reflection, to reflect on the passing year.
 The longest night surrenders, the light shines on a new day, 
renewing our inner light, and focus for a new year.
 



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With my Nikon and tripod, my goal is to recreate the scene as it appears in nature, to preserve in a photographic image the awesome, yet simplistic beauty of the scene that waits around a bend or over a hill. Sometimes it's a colorful landscape, and many times I'm allowed in the presence of the numerous creatures that adapt to life in the wild.
 
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wildlife Photography in a Snowstorm

 
Winter Weather Adventures

I love the adventure and thrill of being out in nature during a snowstorm with my camera, especially when I am fortunate enough to come upon wildlife.  If the snow is falling, animals tend to hanker down to conserve energy and avoid being attacked by predators.  By dressing in neutral colors and walking quietly, I have been able to approach wildlife and go unnoticed.

Early one December morning, I was out looking for snow scenes around Walker Lake, Nevada when I came on this large group of Desert Bighorn Sheep.  They were nestled down in a canyon, waiting for the storm to clear.



Several years ago in Southern Nevada, a cold front moved in, bringing snow to the desert.  Three wild horses appeared to be caught of-guard by the falling snow. However after a few minutes, they resumed to graze on the dry grass.



Over the years, Asian Doves have taken up residence at Walker Lake.  One winter morning it was snowing hard when I noticed a dole of the doves finding shelter in my neighbor's peppercorn tree.



Eagles are definitely fair weather fowl, and during snow storms is a good time to catch them perched high in pine trees.  I managed to focus on this Bald Eagle just as it took off looking for lunch.



When there is fog mixed in with snow proper exposure can be a challenge with the camera.  On this cold and dark day, I allowed the camera to under expose to silhouette the horses against the dreary background.



In the Great Basin Desert, we have a weather phenomenon called "Pogonip" or freezing fog.  I was at Stillwater Wildlife Refuge one January when the landscape was covered in Pogonip and I accidentally spooked a pair of Red-tailed Hawks by the frost covered stream.



Wild horses have an amazing sense of preservation and will find shelter huddled in box canyons or among stands of trees.  The Walker Lake Herd, aware of the approaching storm was running to shelter.




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With my Nikon and tripod, my goal is to recreate the scene as it appears in nature, to preserve in a photographic image the awesome, yet simplistic beauty of the scene that waits around a bend or over a hill. Sometimes it's a colorful landscape, and many times I'm allowed in the presence of the numerous creatures that adapt to life in the wild.
 
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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Winter Storm Accents Flowers


Diffused Lighting, Snowflakes and Flowers

The autumn of 2012 in Northern Nevada has been anything but typical with warm sunny days and mild nights.  As all good things must eventually come to an end, on the morning of November 10th. a cold front passed through the area covering the landscape in a blanket of snow.


Once the storm passed, the sky remained overcast which created nice, even soft lighting.  A walk through the yard found the flowers decorated with snow that were still in bloom.



The diffused lighting without the harsh shadows and contrast from direct sunlight allowed the colors of the flowers to appear more saturated, as with the red filaments on the bird of paradise bush.


A pink petunia nestled in the snow might make an attractive Christmas card.



The additional moisture accented the plants, creating interesting patterns with water droplets.



The thorn on the branch of a purple robe locus trees stands out in sharp contrast against the light background, the near freezing temperature suspends a water drop that is too frigid to fall.


 
A stalk of Russian Sage wears a frosty hat.



The scattered light passing through the clouds creates a surreal, dreamy effect on the pampas grass.

 


Finding the conditions completely favorable in nature photography is often a huge challenge.  However, when things are just right it is a fun and rewarding experience to be out there and in the moment. 



Great news,  "November Montmartre", an exhibition of photographers from around the world has been extended through December 13th.  For mor information, please follow the link:

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With my Nikon and tripod, my goal is to recreate the scene as it appears in nature, to preserve in a photographic image the awesome, yet simplistic beauty of the scene that waits around a bend or over a hill. Sometimes it's a colorful landscape, and many times I'm allowed in the presence of the numerous creatures that adapt to life in the wild.
 
 All rights reserved, world-wide and images protected by Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). All photography, graphics, text, design, and content is copyrighted by Bonnie Rannald and should not be copied, down-loaded, transferred and re-created in any way without the express consent, in writing to Bonnie Rannald. For information on Bonnie Rannald licensed, right-managed images, please submit a written request.

"Reflecting Nature's Artistry"

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Photos Make Great Gifts!
Many of these images are available on our website.
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