Friday, April 29, 2011


Ethel and I blasted across the country last weekend to visit Riley and Erin in North Carolina. I was on full mercenary status, having packed a carry-on bag with 98% camera gear, 1% toiletries, and 1% machismo (gotta keep it real, yo). Riley had been unable to find anyone inside the 3000 mile mark who could tolerate him for a day of wedding photography, so off we went.

Apart from the wedding, we were able to spend some time in the dense woods, both for exercise and photos. The trees had recently re-greened, and the heat-o-meter was just barely bouncing off Stifling, which meant we had to take advantage of such fortuitous conditions.

They grow 'em big down South


Reflecto I

Reflecto II

Local color

Riley and Erin also showed us around the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill nightlife a bit, introducing us to a few of the cool spots that're bound to be found in a college town of that size.

I'm still questioning the wisdom of voluntarily crossing the country twice in a weekend, but hey, we only get one ride on this roller coaster...


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Shameless Self-Promotion

Starting early next week and through May and June, I'll be showing several series of photos (and offering them for sale at modest prices) at The Hub, home of Reno's most awesome coffee.

All of the photos are ones that have been shown here before, like this one:

First Light in Dusy Basin

These are all well and good at 800 pixels wide on the screen, but I'm very happy with how they look printed big on nice paper. Drop by The Hub and see for yourself! May and June will have different photos, so this'll take more than one trip. :)


Thursday, April 21, 2011


Ethel's aunt Paula and cousin Ciara are in town from Ireland; we took them up to Tahoe yesterday for a looksee along the east and north shores and an early dinner at Garwoods in Carnelian Bay.

A reasonably moderate spring day in Reno translated into whipping winds and driving rain in the Tahoe Basin (snow, too, on the way home). Fortunately, the lake is freakin' gorgeous when it's gnarly out.

These photos are all from Kings Beach, where the approaching storm wave made for foreboding and scary skies.

We're off to North Carolina tomorrow to visit Riley. 'Til next time...


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Bearly There

I went to Bear Valley last weekend with the venerable Matt Theilen to help him photograph a wedding. I'll probably share a few photos of my own from the wedding festivities, but I thought I'd post a few from the trip there and back first.

In the meantime, check out Matt's blog post on the wedding here. The man does good work!

In the summertime, Bear Valley is a quick 2-hour jaunt from Reno over Ebbett's Pass, but that's unplowed in the winter. So five hours and a circumnavigation of the Sierra later...

West Fork of the Carson River near Hope Valley

Angels Camp watchdog

Mokelumne Hill hitchhiker

I had a great time over there and should have more to share shortly!


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Radio Silence

Life's whirlwind lulled just long enough to make me realize that I hadn't posted anything in a couple of weeks. We had quite the storm cycle roll through (15'+ in 2 weeks), and the ridiculous powder days we had managed to sneak by without any photo sessions.

We thought that summer had arrived, but a storm is approaching now and is due to drop a couple more feet in the mountains. In honor of winter's conspicuous return, I'll offer two photos from a snowy walkabout in downtown Reno a few storms back.

Snowy River I

Snowy River II

Hopefully this marks the end of this current "lazy" spell on my part.


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