Awards, Events and Photos
The highlights of my photography adventures for 2013 began with a late start in May. Most of my time through January to May was spent in physical therapy twice a week to regain the use of my left arm from an accident that shattered the shoulder joint. Fortunately with excellent medical treatment and hours of exercise, I am back in full stride carrying my camera, lens and tripod.
One of my high points during the spring was a presentation in April to students from West Tech High School, Las Vegas, Nevada about Walker Lake. What an impressive group and did they ever have some interesting questions about the biology and geology of Nevada's unique natural desert lake.
A big surprise in May was having my photography featured by Francesco Russo in Chair Mazagine, "La natura incantata di Bonnie Rannald". http://chairmag.it/2013/05/la-natura-incantata-di-bonnie-rannald/
June turned out to be a busy month, starting on the 2nd with 95th. Annual Photo Fair in Bièvres, France, where I was again honored to have a selection of photographs on exhibit and for purchase.
On the 19th, I enjoyed the closing reception following our preview exhibit for Reno Open Studios at the Truckee Meadows Community College Main Art Gallery. Furthermore, during the last week of the month on the 23rd, I was out chasing the Supermoon as it appeared over Walker Lake.
July in Reno is an exciting time for celebrating the arts with the event, Artown. This year, I was thrilled to participate on the 20th. through the Arts in Bloom Art and Wine Festival held at Victorian Square.
July brought some of the hottest, longest record breaking temperatures to Nevada and with the heat were also noticeable changes to the ecosystems at Walker Lake. A walk along the shore finds the sandy areas covered in damselfly bodies that after emerging from the water were caught in numerous orb weaver spider webs.
The month concluded with one of my photos, "Quiet Retreat" taking third place in the international competition project “Together IN Harmony”, developed by Ambassador Lyza Sahertian for the European Capitol of Culture--Umeå2014,. The winners, including my photograph in the mediums of Photography, Painting, Illustration and Sculpture exhibited from July 22nd through August 3rd at the Galerie du Columbier, Paris, France.
August turned out to be a strange and trying month with the Rim Fire at Yosemite National Park which brought poor air and smoke to most of Reno, including Walker Lake.
Any hope for a return visit via Tioga Pass was extinguished due in part to our government shut down, so I spent a day enjoying the scenery at Sand Mountain.
September began with Art Touring from the 6th. through 8th. at Reno Open Studios where I shared studio space with sculptor Mike Smith.
Toward the month's end, I explored a volcanic rim at Fallon's Soda Lake.
In the early part of December with temperatures unseasonably mild, I took a journey back in to Nevada's geological past exploring ancient lava flows and strange rock outcroppings at Garfield Flats, near Hawthorne, Nevada. More blog posts will follow from these interesting outings!
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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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