…busy busy…

Fall is in the air and I’ve been very busy.  I’ve been to Taylor Creek a couple times and still empty for bears there.  I was invited to a Nevada Department of Wildlife bear release, though.  Tough environment for shooting (tall grass and lots of people), but I got a couple good shots with the bear dogs.

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During my recent trips to Taylor Creek, I tried a few panoramas.  I like the result!

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This is my favorite from that day. The panorama is made from several individual images, and was shot from one of the observation decks near the Taylor Creek Visitor Center. The view is north, toward Emerald Bay. I have a couple more panos of Taylor Creek in the Landscapes and scenery page.

The ducks cooperated, however.  Here are a few duck images from Taylor Creek.

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This group of Mallards was downstream, but the big lens brought them close!

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This guy swam straight to me. The people on the trail thought he wanted his picture taken!

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And these guys get fairly close.

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A beautiful bird.

I also took a ride with my ATV group last week. Tough trail and not many pictures.  Here’s one of the places we stopped and turned around.  You can see why in these pictures.

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This is the view of the trail ahead of us. Turning around was a challenge.

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This is the view behind us. The picture doesn’t do the tough terrain justice.

But I found a beautiful Skunk Cabbage and had to take a picture. Skunk Cabbage gets its name from the pungent odor the plant emits – people don’t like to be near it – but if you need to attract pollenating insects into your garden, a couple of these are welcome. They like wetlands, however, so don’t plant it in your desert backyard (like mine).

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I had a great time editing this picture. In this version, I added a little texture to the background, just for fun.

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I used a technique I call ‘Dreamscape’ to create this image, and enhanced it with a little oversaturation. I used this picture for my ‘Fall’ photo challenge submittal, because the really great fall colors didn’t arrive until the day after my challenge was due.

But here is the beautiful fall color in the Carson Valley. These colors were gone a couple days after I made this image.

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These trees surround an industrial park, and are a very popular fall color subject. I timed my visit perfectly this year. Check out the Landscapes and Scenery page for a couple more fall images.

I made a couple other photo trips last week.  I went to Reno and took pictures of the Virginia Street bridge and up to Virginia City for a photo walk.  The bridge was lots of fun, and I’m not done with those pictures yet, so check back.  Virginia City was cold and rainy, and I didn’t get the shots I wanted.  I had a great time, however, and want to thank Gordon’s Photo Service and Tamron Lenses for the photo walk and the wild horses for the quick shoot on the way up the hill to Virginia City.

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This doesn’t tell the story, but it’s the only picture I have ready. Thanks to my friends Pete and John for making this shoot possible.

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From the interior of the beautiful Catholic Church in Virginia City, and probably the best image I’ve ever made there.

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The beautifully preserved license plate is part of a sidewalk in Virginia City.

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These two were on a hillside on the road to Virginia City. While it may appear to be the case, I did not interrupt their meal.

So that’s my journey in the last couple weeks – or at least that part I’m sharing with you.  Check back for more Virginia Street bridge and Virginia City pictures later this week!

Enjoy – PHOTOROGR

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