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About Me ~ Alison Hardenburgh

Posting from Nevada’s High Desert
Website: http://northerndesert.smugmug.com/

I love deserts and the creatures that live in them. I work where I look out at the arid, rocky hills; longing to be out there while co-workers from softer, damp country, with city eyes decry it as ugly and useless.  I use my camera to log my encounters with the desert and the animals that live in it or on its edge. Like a great ocean that on the surface looks devoid of life, you need only break the surface to find out otherwise.

Judith Wright, an Australian Poet wrote this Poem. I found it in this form in the Introduction of Larry McMurtry’s, Leaving Cheyenne.  The original poem is much longer but these stanzas speak to me.

The Blood’s Country

South of my days’ circle
part of my blood’s country,
rises that tableland… clean, lean,
hungry country…

I know it dark against the stars,
the high lean country,
full of old stories that still go walking in my sleep.

Judith Wright
from South of My Day’s


Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 6D

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
Canon 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Canon Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3

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  1. I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Thank you for following me. You do not need to accept it if you do not want to, but if you don’t, know how much I appreciate your support. If you do want to accept it go to this page to see what you have to do.(http://wp.me/p2eEip-uh) Thanks again!

  2. Thank you for following my blog, Allison. You might live in a very different environment than I do, but I think we share the same love and appreciation for the wildlife that inhabits the areas we live and work.

  3. I grew up in Nevada and spent summers in the northern high desert – your gallery is stunning. I spent a decade in the Klamath Basin and your refuge shots took me right back there – so glad to have found your blog.

  4. I don’t have enough time to press the like button so often, so I will simply tell you here: your photos are simply stunning, especially since where you live is such a contrast to where I live (a temperate rainforest). I will try to visit as often as I can…

  5. Hi Alison, You did me such a favor by following my blog because I found yours. Wow. I really admire your photography. And I share your love of nature and wildlife. May I ask, do you take your cameral everywhere you go? I’m starting to want to do that but it begs the questions of possible theft and plain old inconvenience. Thanks again, PK

  6. Hi PK, I am so happy you enjoyed my photos. I certainly admired yours. 🙂
    Thanks for visiting and mommenting. As for carrying my camera around; I do not. I worry about theft of course and I live where temperatures can be extreme. I don’t want to get into situations where I have to leave my camera in the care and expose it to those extremes. I wish I could though.

  7. Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I usually visit the visitor’s blog in return, but I seldom spend as much time looking as I did on yours. I really think the photos are superb renditions of animals in a harsh but beautiful habitat. I lived in southern California for many years, and know both the mountains and the desert areas, but never saw much wildlife outside of an occasional deer, owls, coyotes and quail. Oh yes, and there was the unfortunate rabbit that one of my cats captured on Easter Sunday…I am now surrounded by an abundance of wildlife, but do not have the fantastic landscapes you have so successfully portrayed. So I’ll follow your blog, awaiting the next set of unique photographs.

    1. Thank you for liking my blog and commenting here Alli. I can see that you share my love of the desert, nature and horses. I hope my photos bring you the joy and wonder the desert has a unique and special hold on. 🙂

  8. there is beauty in the desert, the stillness and yet the roar of the wind, the shades of black and white, and the darkness when it comes with shadows that make the mystery deepen.

  9. Hello, i feel that i noticed you visited my web site so i got here to go back the choose?.I
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  10. It is obvious from your photos that the landscape and its occupants speak to your heart. You certainly speak for them. Stunningly beautiful photos. I think in spare places transcendence calls more clearly to the soul. We are less distracted by everyday things, and more aware how small we are, in comparison with the universe.

  11. I love the desert. Living in Canada, I am used to a lush, green environment, but my heart is in New Mexico…..the canyons, the rock formations, the silence.
    Looking forward to following your amazing photography. 🙂

  12. Hello Alison!

    We’ve been friends with Maurice over at iAMSafari for a long time, and it’s his recommendation that brought us to your blog. You sure have a beautiful blog, and we’ll definitely be back for more!

    All the best

    Dries @ de Wets Wild

  13. You’ve got very nice picture of places I’m not used to visit. Desert are fascinating, I agree. I understand why you love them so much. If you had to recommend only one place, which one would you choose ?

    1. Thanks very much. Wow, that is a very difficult question to answer because the desert is such a huge place with varied landscapes and characteristics. Big country with so much to recommend it. Let me just suggest two drives, and they are long drives, that cover a lot of ground and I think are amazing. Highway 50, Americas loneliest road, and Scenic Byway 12 through Utah. I know that’s two but hey. 🙂

      1. I know my question was a tricky one and I’m glad you managed to answer 😀
        I drove through Utah, but never took that road ! I must remember it for next time 🙂

  14. Beautiful photographs! If you are up in the Malheur NWR and Frenchglen area again this spring or summer, let me know. As a seasonal worker at the Refuge, I can guide you to some places less known. 🙂

    1. Hey thanks! I fully intend to get back up there and your offer is incredibly generous. It is one of my favorite places on earth! I will let you know. Thank you. 🙂

  15. Your photography is amazing! You really capture those qualities that make this area so special and beautiful. Awesome work — I love it!

  16. You recently gave a like to my blog about MS, and I thank you.
    I also enjoy the beauty of the high desert, having lived in N. Az. for some 25 years. I look forward to spending more time on your site.

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