Glow 2 – Road Trip

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Experimenting with a double exposure, capturing the always glowing lights in Reno.

I just came back from a road trip to Nevada. I had to find a work truck, and it’s usually easier to get a good deal there. Especially if you’re willing to do some research, and go to the middle of nowhere to pick up a vehicle. That’s exactly what I did. My daughter and I naturally took the time to watch some wild horses play, and explore the desert as well.

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On the way back we spent a night in Reno, at our favorite dog friendly hotel. The number of hotels you can stay at, are slightly limited, if you have a dog with you. Naturally I had a dog with me. If I go, my germans shepherd goes. My daughter like to sleep in, I’m an early riser. While she was sleeping I read some local newspapers (and experimented with my camera, see the first photo.) I learned something new about Nevada that I did not know;

According to the 2010 census, Nevada is the third most urban state, behind only California and New York. Few people live in its rural expanses.   

– Reno News & Review

Of course I knew that a lot of people live in Las Vegas and Reno, but when I think of Nevada it’s always the endless deserts, sage brush, mountains, ranches, wild horses, and maybe some ghost towns. That Nevada is the third most urban state came as a surprise.

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Above, wild mustang at the Virginia Range. Below, mustang I worked with a couple years ago, also from the Virginia Range. Could be related?!

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We had a magical visit, thoroughly enjoying the fall colors. The mornings were cold, and crisp, the days were in the 60’s and just perfect. Nevada is only 3,5 hours away, but it feels like a different universe. I like going there. I have spent a lot of time in the state, working at a couple different ranches, doing some photography, and just exploring. Nevada is, just like California, a dream for photographers.

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I hope you’re having an awesome weekend. I’m going to spend the rest of it mending some fences, and planting some fruit trees.

Love,

Ms Zen

Glow

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When I’m counting my blessing, I’m counting the steady flow of the Sacramento River. I’m grateful for the beauty, the water supply, and the life it brings to our part of California. I’m grateful for the excellent soil in its vicinity, that allows for growing crops that feeds much more than our local region. 400 miles long it’s actually the largest river in California. Indeed a glowing jewel in the landscape. Many are those fishermen that still get their daily bread from the river. In the summertime when the temperatures are reaching 110+F we love to jump in, and cool of in the river. During the numerous fires we unfortunately experience in the summer, we borrow water from the river. The river is an important part of our life here.

When nature turns extraordinary, your heart turns humble. You simply bow before the glory.

– Unknown

I always feel grateful when I see it’s life bringing water. I have so many favorite places along the river that it would be impossible for me to count them. I love bringing my daughter to the river to contemplate over the day. To encourage her mind to be still. To leave the days distractions, noise, and gadgets behind for some quiet time. That itself brings new life. Thanks for reading my thoughts around the photo I choose for this week’s photo challenge. Looking forward to see the other entries 🙂

Love,

Ms Zen

 

 

 

Scale 2

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The beautiful snow covered mountain in this photo is Mount Lassen. It’s one of the major landmarks of northern California. One of the first things I taught my daughter to look for, to get her bearings, in case she ever got lost. If you travel by car it’s a little more than one hour from us, to get to the base of the mountain. However, in 1915 this volcano had a big eruption, and the volcanic rocks from he eruption can be found all over, within minutes from our doorstep. In fact if we go hiking, or horseback riding, on trails near our place, we often have to deal with big boulders, along with smaller volcanic rocks on the trail. The volcanic rocks rained over a 200 miles radius when Mount Lassen erupted.

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This photo is taken from one of our local trails. Notice all the volcanic rocks that are spread out over the landscape. It gives the landscape a magic touch! That was my very first thought, when I experienced it for the first time, a few years back.

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Here is one where you can see the scale of the rocks better, Mount Lassen in the background.

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A close up picture of mount Lassen, from another angle, taken this spring. It’s a magnificent, extraordinary phenomena, no wonder there’s so many legends about this volcano. If you get a chance google “Mount Lassen Legends”, and you’ll be in for some good reading.

Have an awesome day!

Love,

Ms Zen