Cutthroat Trout & “The Art Of Beeing” in Reno, Nevada

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“After 4 days of driving from Detroit to Reno we felt empowered by the incredible landscapes we had driven through, from salt lakes to deserts and the Rockies, not one part of the trip was unexciting,” says Louis Masai of the journey. “Well perhaps the 7 hours of corn fields.”

But The Art of Beeing Tour has buzzed into Reno, Nevada for some extinction talk in this lawless land. The English travelor is taking in all of the details of this next American city and remarks that there are plenty of casinos, indoor smoking is legal, and motorcycle helmets are for wimps.

Here he is painting a trout – the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, to be exact.

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Louis Masai The Art Of Beeing. Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. Endangered. Reno. Nevada. October 2016. (photo © Emil Walker)

“A trout is a moment of beauty known only to those who seek it,” the co-founder of Esquire and author of The Fishing in Print: A Guided Tour Through Five Centuries of Angling Literature Arnold Gingrich once said.

Unfortunately for the fisherpeople and the Earth, this trout found in the Lahontan basin of northern Nevada, eastern California, and southern Oregon, is in serious decline due to pollution from logging, mining, and urbanization, among other things.

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Louis Masai The Art Of Beeing. Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. Endangered. Reno. Nevada. October 2016. (photo © TeeByFord)

The Art of Beeing continues to spotlight local endangered species in whatever region Louis and his compatriots visit and the trout is now jumping into Reno’s attention. He says the people are very welcoming and he’s been swimming around the metal and hippy cultural cityscape and describes a desert bohemia now peppered with “quirky coffee shops, bars and restaurants.”

Next stop, Sacramento!

Want to help the trout population? Donate directly to the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Also please check out the species foundation Western Native Trout.

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Louis Masai The Art Of Beeing. Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. Endangered. Reno. Nevada. October 2016. (photo © Emil Walker)

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Louis Masai The Art Of Beeing. Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. Endangered. Reno. Nevada. October 2016. (photo © TeeByFord)

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Louis Masai The Art Of Beeing. Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. Endangered. Reno. Nevada. October 2016. (photo © TeeByFord)

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Louis Masai The Art Of Beeing. Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. Endangered. Reno. Nevada. October 2016. (photo © Emil Walker)

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Louis Masai The Art Of Beeing. Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. Endangered. Reno. Nevada. October 2016. (photo © Mia Hanak)


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Louis Masai The Art Of Beeing. Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. Endangered. Reno. Nevada. October 2016. (photo © Louis Masai)

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Louis Masai The Art Of Beeing. Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. Endangered. Reno. Nevada. October 2016. (photo © Emil Walker)

 

Click http://louismasai.com/projects/the-art-of-beeing/ to learn more about the project.

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