Butterfly Sculpture

An interesting tidbit about Reno, Nevada, is that there is a nice art thing going on in “The Biggest Little City in the World.”   Do you think of art and culture when you think of Reno?   Hmmmm …

Reno is home to a month long summer celebration of art.   Every July, Artown takes over and there are tons of daily activities from world-renown musicians to hometown heroes with all kinds of creative talents.   Then, August swelters into September and Labor Day weekend is the pinnacle of the Burning Man festival on the playa of the Black Rock Desert not too far from the casino lights of town.

While I was on my photowalk with film a couple of weeks ago for the 52 Rolls project, I found a butterfly, a BIG one.

butterfly wf

 

What on earth is a big, steel, butterfly thing doing next to the temporary ice rink in downtown Reno?    Well, back to all of that stuff about art and Burning Man.   This sculpture piece by Bryan Tedrick was part of an installation at Burning Man in 2008.    The downtown renovation project brought the sculpture to this location last summer and the website lists it as temporary but I hope it stays.

If you think this looks interesting black and white, you should see some of the other artist’s photographs in color by light of the moon in the desert.   Bryan’s website has several photos but a quick Google search shows how well photographed this sculpture is.    There are a couple of interpretations on what the butterfly and flower-type petals represent but I’ll let you soak it in and decide what you see.

downtown butterfly

 

butterfly sunflower

 

Autumn in the Sierras

Photographers who carry their cameras around with them all of the time get the best photos.   That’s what I’ve been told anyway.   And, some days that works out to be a good idea.    I was lucky enough to have my camera with me the other day when I drove up to Lake Tahoe for other work-for-pay activities and managed to get off the beaten path for a couple of minutes to take some pictures.   Enjoy.

This is Spooner Lake and is just up the hill from Carson City, NV, before you make the turn to Lake Tahoe.   I think a lot of people are distracted by the beauty of Tahoe and forget what a little gem this one is.

It’s hard for me to resist a good look at some aspens changing colors in contrast to the pine trees here.   A little touch of red would have made it all too perfect.

It was a little breezy at Tahoe today but the big blue sky and big blue water are still so inviting.   I could sit at this bench all day.

Maybe, I should.    This is a much better spot than any office.

Don’t tell this cute little butterfly that winter is coming … and that I am looking forward to it, too.