When it comes to Nevada, people often think it’s a wasteland with no beauty. And as a native Nevadan, I can understand this blind assumption despite the fact that it is wrong.
When it comes to the Nevada landscape, one has to have an open mind and a willingness to hunt and look for those pockets or moments of splendor. Nevada’s natural beauty is often moody and fleeting just like the state’s weather, and because the climate is often dry and subject to the torment of drought, places of natural beauty are often hidden in small canyons and gullies. And because I find myself here again missing the very obvious natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest – I find myself hunting and greatly appreciating those rare moments of beauty when I do experience them here.
I take my digital camera along to document them for I know that these places may no longer exist as time progresses and mankind moves further and further into the foothills and canyons of the high desert landscape claiming spots of natural beauty for their own private use. Luckily, there have been some nice trail locations set aside for people to enjoy along with small wildlife that make these spots their home.
This is my photo collection from walking up part of the Lower Thomas Creek Trail, which is part of the Truckee Meadows system of trails located within Washoe County.
Much of the plant life that we saw during our walk reminded me of my childhood when these types of plants grew very commonly throughout the area. Some of them may have been considered weeds while others were definitely attractive wild flowers and trees.
I hope you enjoyed the digital photos. I will do more of these blogs in the future.
G. Winkler (c) 2014