Pyramid Lake, Nevada

Pyramid Lake is the remnant of an Ancient Sea. Its tufa formations are highly porous, sedimentary rock (limestone) composed of calcium carbonate, CaCO3. The Pyramid is 400 feet tall and there are many other remnants of large tufa outcroppings along the entire shoreline. Pyramid Lake weather can change in a minute. You can be walking the beach and enjoying a beautiful day and a dust storm can blow in and blind you with dust. The Lake sits on the Paiute Indian Reservation and is home to the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. I enjoy going out to Pyramid because it can be a very peaceful and spiritual place only an hour away from the Reno. This particular day was full of different kinds of weather: dust storms,smooth water, and sunrise and sunsets that glow from the desert dust in the air. It’s an ever-changing lake that the Truckee River flows into and water levels can change significantly due to drought. This happens to be a draught year. One of the worst since I moved here in 2006. Low levels of snow in the Sierras make for a trickle on the Truckee and hence the larger shoreline from little rain and snow, including lake Tahoe. We need to conserve water, not just in the Desert, but everywhere, because it WILL affect our future generations.

Pyramid Lake and Needles Dust Storm.

Pyramid Lake and Needles Dust Storm.

Sunrise

Sunrise

Sunrise over the Lake Range

Sunrise over the Lake Range

Pelicans and Sunset

Pelicans and Sunset

Pelicans sunset

Pelicans sunset

Pelican Point

Pelican Point

Pelican Point Dock

Pelican Point Dock

Tufa formations

Tufa formations

Tufa and Grass-1

Tufa and Grass-1

Tufa and Grass-2

Tufa and Grass-2

Tufa Formation

Tufa Formation

Tufa and Pyramid Lake

Tufa and Pyramid Lake

The Pyramid from Pelican Point

The Pyramid from Pelican Point

Geese and goslings with dust storm

Geese and goslings with dust storm

Geese and Goslings

Geese and Goslings

Goose and Goslings

Goose and Goslings

Rock Wren on tufa

Rock Wren on tufa

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 www.sallyhanrahanphotography.com salgal777@me.com
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