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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…

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:    
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


Morning Journey (Hipstamatic)

There’s a dirt road I drive down almost every morning, off the beaten path.  I travel that way simply because it’s deserted and often times I see eagles, pheasant, geese and coyotes.  In winter, I’m passing through there as the sun rises above the horizon, creating a pink glow.

As I continue down these roads, I pass farm fields covered with snow, just waiting for early spring.  In one such field there are old rubber tires and a discarded upholstered easy chair.  I imagine a farmer sitting out there…waiting.  Then I wonder what goes on in their homes during the long, dark winter.  There’s a feeling almost of abandonment, even though I know that it’s just the season.

This image came together as I was considering and imagining these things.

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.

My Love Affair with Industrial Things

Longmont, Colorado, along the St. Vrain Greenway

Cement Plant

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Where in the World is Ordos?

This is the third installment of my Inner Mongolia, China, one-year retrospective continued…

Bellboys admiring the view! Click on image to see location on Google Earth

Early morning view...minus 20 degrees outside

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Cold Desert, Bactrian Camels and 3 Helpers…

Mongolian camel herders/tenders were hired to assist with framing duties

Click here to read about this in Boulder’s Daily Camera Newspaper

The Desert Art Palace

Statues buried by the sand

Fellow photog Joe Lipka

I assume these umbrellas provide much needed shade in the hot summers...

Indigenous bactrian camel


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