More Pelicans of Pyramid Lake

A few weeks ago I went back to Pyramid Lake to try to get some close ups of the Pelicans. I just wasn’t happy that I didn’t get a close up of the breeding bump on the pelicans.   My friend Carol who is lucky enough to live on the lake in the cool little town of Sutcliffe, showed me a great spot to get close.   I spent about a half hour there, sneaking up and clicking away.  Then, Carol, who is good at getting me in trouble :*) said, “Hey Sal there’s a hole in the barbed wire fence, why don’t you crawl through there?  I’ll hold your camera!

So I crawled through the hole in the fence snagging my jacket on the barbed wire; what we won’t do for a photograph!  Carol handed me my camera and I continued to sneak up on the pelicans that were hanging out on the jetty.  Talk about a lucky shot!!!! Wow the Pyramid as my background!!!

White Pelicans & Pyramid


Coming in for a landing

Coming in for a Landing

This landing was a beautiful site!

White pelican coming in for a landing

Nice Landing!

And now, what I wanted to show you was a fairly close up shot of the breeding bump on the beak.  The pelicans also have a fluffy white crown as you can see on the one on the left.

Pelicans with Breeding Bump

Which Way Did He Go!!

On my way back to the barbed wire fence I found a cool rock with some colorful lichen on it.

Lichen on Tufa Rock

The Sun was starting to set, the shadows were getting long and the pelicans were starting to fly off for the evening so I headed back and lo and behold I got caught again on the barbed wire fence!  Sorry, no pic of that embarrassing moment but I did get this beautiful shot of the pyramid as I was leaving……..

Sun Setting on the Pyramid

Sun Setting on the Pyramid

Thank you to my friend Carol for such a wonderful Day.

Happy Trails………….Sal


About Sally

“All too often, we take for granted the gifts of nature that surround us everyday.” With her camera, Sally Hanrahan captures images that move the spirit and imagination, and marries those images of spiritual, natural, and rugged beauty with the changing of the seasons. Originally from Michigan, Sally’s interest as a photographer came at the early age of fifteen. Her parent’s love of nature influenced her appreciation for the beauty and serenity that Mother Earth created. Her Grandmother’s love of photography and her Mother’s amazing talent with oils and watercolors brought to life the landscapes she yearned to visit. A self trained photographer with a natural talent, Sally has been capturing landscapes for over 30 years. Her pictures were shown at the 2007 Sierra Autumn Photo Exhibit at Bartley Ranch and won the 2nd place People’s Choice Award for ‘Fall at Caughlin Ranch.’ Sally took first place in two categories for the Nevada Magazine’s 2011 Great Nevada Picture Hunt and won Event runner up in 2015. She has shown ‘Fighting Mustangs’, a tribute to the wild horses of Nevada, both at the Artistic Viewpoints Gallery in Gardnerville, NV for the Wild Mustang Exhibit, and at the Truckee River Gallery in Reno for the ‘Art of the Horse’ exhibit. She was among those who showed at the Patagonia outlet for the Winnemucca Ranch fundraiser. In addition, Sally has presented her photo art periodically at the Truckee River Gallery in downtown Reno and for the Nevada Land Trust Fundraisers at Rancho San Rafael Wilbur D. May Museum. Sally moved to Reno in 2006, and devotes her high energy and free time to hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, and anything having to do with the outdoors. She has worked as a landscape designer for over 25 years and is especially fond of perennial gardens. The landscape is her pallet and her camera is always hanging from her shoulder ready for the next breathtaking shot. “The journey that you take is more important than your destination” Unknown
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