Lawrence and Kirsten met me at my house on a bright and warm fall day, we jumped in our cars and headed uphill for 45 minutes nearing the top of Mt. Peavine and finding amazing fall color in the groves of birch and aspen trees. We spend a bit of time exploring the trees and overlooking the Western edge of the Great Basin and Reno, before heading to the South summit and breaking out the Tandem bike.
Lawrence is an “avid” mountain biker, I haven’t ventured out with him but from what I hear around town, mountain biking is a passion of his. When I mentioned Peavine as a possible place to shoot photos he immediately liked the idea. His favorite ride in the area is to start at Ranch San Rafael park, ride to the top of peavine (a minimum of 4,000 ft of climbing) then drop in on the backside, come out near Verdi and ride 4th street home. A ride of 35ish desert, road, forest, rock, and sand miles. I usually do this ride once a year in a 5-6 hour toil, Lawrence does it multiple days in a row, I think we found a good place to shoot.
Lawrence and Kirsten brought their dog Mary as well as their tandem bike, it was a blast making portraits in the setting sun. We had amazing light, some great clouds and of course a spectacular background to work with. Thanks Lawrence Kirsten & Mary for hanging out on top of a mountain with me.