Field Notes

Walking with My Camera: Big Knife Creek Treasures

I regularly walk by Big Knife Creek, a small waterway on the Flathead Reservation of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Western Montana. I photograph this area most days of the year. Recently I went into a more overgrown part of the water shed. This part of the creek is darker but when the …

Walking with My Camera: Sunlight Inside Big Knife Creek

On the day I was shooting these images there was a small glow of sunlight concentrated in Big Knife Creek right next to a rock. The light stayed in a general area but was alive with the movement of the water. One of the colors of the light was a luminous chartreuse. The tiny spaces …

Walking with My Camera: Jocko River & Big Knife Sun Light

It is a strange small yet vast journey to stare at the water running in Big Knife Creek and try to capture sun lines–the tiny lines feel so big–views of the energy of the sun and water written out in wild brilliant script. I also seek images of circles within the water. Can you see …

Now Showing at Bigfork Design in Bigfork, Montana

“A drop of water, if it could write out its own history, would explain the universe to us.”  ~ Lucy Larcom It was a pleasure to bring my photography to the recently opened Bigfork Design gallery yesterday and work with the owner Kathleen Hennen to hang a show including some new water images. In addition …

Walking with My Camera: Big Knife Creek Water Lines

A couple days ago it was over cast and rather dark in one of places where I like to take photographs of the water in Big Knife Creek near where I live in Northwest Montana. I have a small camera, Panasonic Lumix ZS100, that I love. It has some limitations with the attached lens (25-250mm) …

Walking with My Camera: New Snow, Pollen,Leaves, Light

The last storm brought heavy rain to the lower elevations and new snow to the mountains. The humid air is scented with wild rose and ninebark and chokecherry blossoms. Yesterday the ponderosa pollen swirled in the rain puddles and lined edges. The willow seeds are flung open. Today the wild geranium and penstemon brought welcome …

Walking with My Camera: Water Ouzel and Bear

Today while walking over this water through way, I watched a Water Ouzel rest for a brief moment. The odd way the ouzel was splashing around made me wonder if it was young or if maybe it was trying to draw my attention away from a nest. The warm weather is unleashing the snow melt. …