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The Naked Life of Trees

Every year I feel a sense of wonder and dread upon the end of summer and the inevitable arrival of winter in Colorado. But what I do really look forward to is hearing the trees’ stories. They have shed most of their ‘outerwear’ and have exposed themselves (and nests!) to whomever will have a look. Like clouds and people, all their branches have individual personalities. I always wonder what they would say if they could speak my language. Since they don’t, I try to listen to theirs…
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Euphoria at 9,000 feet…

One of my oldest and dearest friends spends her summers at 9 thousand feet, (sort of ) near Guffey, Colorado.  That would be about 2 hours west of Colorado Springs. In one day we had sun, wind, clouds, torrential rain, hail, sleet, snow, cold.

I love this place.  It speaks to me through the clouds, native gramma grasses, the trees that grow so strong at this altitude. In the natural world, the strongest survive here.   Bye for now, friend.


Coming November 15…A Slice of Heaven…join us!

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MONGOLIA Exhibition Opening March 8, 2013

Please join us at the  DAIRY CENTER FOR THE ARTS in Boulder, Colorado for this exciting group exhibition SAND &  SNOW: Inner Mongolia

Sand & Snow: Inner Mongolia
Two years ago, ten American photographers were invited to attend the Inaugural Xiang Sha Wan Photography Festival in Inner Mongolia, China, for New Year’s Week, 2011. We hailed from L. A., Washington, Pennsylvania, Alabama, N.Y., Oregon and Colorado.

 

Meeting Our Needs

This region of the Gobi Desert, known as Xiang Sha Wan, is known for its “singing sands”, its Bactrian camels, and the rich cultural influence of the Mongolians. A few cities such as Ordos and Baotou, also afforded us a more rural experience.

To see more work by “Sand & Snow” photographers, visit the following:

Maureen Ruddy Burkhart, Curator: http://www.MaureenRuddyBurkhart.com
Thomas Michael Alleman:    
http://www.sunshineandnoir.com
David Grant Best: http://www.lenswork.com/specialeditions/lwf-017.htm
Brooks Jensen, publisher, LensWork Magazine: http://www.lenswork.com/index2.html
Joe Lipka: http://www.joelipkaphoto.com
Christopher Rauschenberg: http://www.christopherrauschenberg.com/Site/Home.html
Justine Reyes: http://justinereyes.com
Harold Ross: http://www.haroldrossfineart.com
Walt Stricklin: http://www.waltstricklin.com

Our first few days were spent at the remote Desert Art Palace, matting and framing the portfolios we had brought with us, for the art show and festivities.

Inner Mongolia was unforgettable in many ways. We mingled with hundreds of Chinese photographers eager to take our pictures. The landscape was both beautiful and harsh. The people were friendly and incredibly hospitable. The bitter cold windy weather was tempered by the warmth of our hosts. Delicious food, unforgettable entertainment, and total immersion in this ethnic Mongolian area of China’s outer reaches, all made for rich subject matter and fond memories.

Maureen Ruddy Burkhart 

–        2013

 


2012 Capitol Christmas Tree Awards!

I am honored and thrilled to announce that two of my photographs have been chosen for awards in this year’s Capitol Christmas Tree Juried Art Exhibition!  The theme was “Into the Woods” and was juried by SENATOR BEN NIGHTHORSE CAMPBELL, JOHN FIELDER, ROSE LANE WHITE LEAVELL, HEIDI ZUCKERMAN JACOBSON AND ROSE FREDRICK.  A total of 13 pieces were chosen for the final exhibition out of over 100 entries nationwide.

Awards include:

Professional Viewer’s Choice for “Midnight at Devils Tower“,  from the series “Trail of the Fallen Warrior”

And…Professional Honorable Mention for “First Day, an iPhone composite from the series by the same name.

As part of the award, “Midnight” and “First Day” will accompany the National Christmas Tree (which hails from Colorado) on tour with 22 stops in different cities and towns across the U.S., for brief ceremony and display in each and then continue on to Washington D.C. for the National Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 26, 2012.

FIRST, THOUGH, please join me for an opening reception at Colorado Photographer John Fielder’s Gallery on Wednesday, October 24, from 5-7. For info and directions:  John Fielder’s Colorado.

Best regards, friends!

Maureen


One spring morning

I drove like mad to make it to the sunrise, hah!  That’s impossible, oh right.  So I stopped to take a photo with my iPhone and it simply wouldn’t focus.  Turns out, I like it this way.  This will be utilized for later photo composites…

Moving right along, I liked the way this golden sunrise lit up the grasses…

I then stopped at the St. Vrain Greenway for a brisk walk, checking out the trees especially…everything is about ready to pop with new life. (All photos taken with iPhone 4s)


DISPARATE things, same place

I met a fellow photographer late yesterday at a reclaimed gravel mining operation now turned wetlands.  Interestingly, this wetlands area is right next to a gravel mining plant.  I chose two images to convey this disparity.  They include two of my favorite subject matters: nature study and industry.

Oriole's nest

gravel pile

On reflection, I will note that the land was there first (no kidding!), then it was mined, then it was “reclaimed”, and turned into wetlands.  It is now called “Walden Ponds” (another no kidding!).  Again, Colorado, the land of contrasts.


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