Monday, October 28, 2013

Wilson Canyon, forged by the water of Walker River



A gorge cut through volcanic cliffs


During the month of autumn, what can be more intriguing than photo-exploring along a canyon that was formed over time by lake waters flowing through sheer volcanic cliffs? 
 

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Wilson Canyon lies in west central Nevada, along Nevada State Route 208, 13 miles west of the small town of Yerington and runs through the Singatse Mountain Range.
 


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This grandiose two mile long (3.2 km) gorge was carved over the years by the water from the Walker River which flows from the Sierra Nevada Mountains.



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A serene point as the river idles through the canyon where on its departure; it drops approximately 120 feet (37 m) on a 1% grade. 

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A famous rock formation, "The Watcher" looks out  from the canyon wall in full headdress.  

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After enjoying a beautiful Indian Summer day at Wilson Canyon, I am anxious to begin my next photo-adventure. Subscribe to and follow my blog as I share what I have found along the journey.
 


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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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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Mantis Displays His Colors



The Artistry of Camouflage
 
My slogan, "Reflecting Nature's Artistry" transpired from those awesome moments when I stumbled on nature's most creative side.  One of those rare moments was when I tried to move a male praying mantis from the street to a more secure location and he fanned out his wings in a manner of protest.



Most of the time the praying mantis will spend it's time going unnoticed by camouflage and concealment to blend in with the surroundings with It's front legs are folded as if in prayer. 




 When the legs are unfolded, they reveal sharp, long spikes for grasping prey.  During the few times that I have held a mantis, I have never been bit, however the spikes are very sharp and once in their grasp there is no getting away.



When threatened, the mantis will try and make itself appear larger by standing tall, spreading its wings and raising the forelegs in a combative stance.


As beautiful as the vivid colors and eyespot appear on the wings, they are there for a practical application, to startle a predator. 
  



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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.

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