Field Notes

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. …

Walking with My Camera: Big Knife Creek in May

Snow melt and rain create lively water in Big Knife Creek. I sat on the bank to feel the surge and splash. My camera and I got a little wet with the soft rain as I worked to capture the layers and hold the water in stillness for a moment. The water – singing of …

Walking with My Camera: Snakes, Greens and Bears

I have seen seven Garter snakes on recent walks and I retrieved the first tick of the season off my body last night. The bears don’t have much to eat yet. You can see the grass in the photograph I took of the scat I saw on a walk a couple days ago. Yesterday on …

Walking with my Camera: Spring Flowers, Leaves, Glass and Snow

I recently returned from a trip to Seattle where spring was looking more spring like than the snow that fell here in Northwest Montana today. The earlier snow has evolved to a soggy wet saturated foggy haze. As I write big plops of wet snow are falling off the roof. While in the Seattle area …

Skiing with My Camera: Melt, Mud and Blackbirds

The snow is slowly melting. I took this photograph today. Our road has the deepest muddy ruts we have ever seen in our many years living on this hill in Northwest Montana. My trusty little Subaru gets through them but in a few places it is a bit of a battle. This photograph was taken …

Skiing with My Camera: Tracks in the Snow

When it was colder and we had so much snow I didn’t see many tracks. Now there are lots more critters moving around. The deer have to work hard to get through the snow. I am not sure what made these tracks. Occasionally we get some Elk in the area so maybe one came through. …

Skiing with My Camera: More Snow and Ice

Today was sunny and cold with a morning temperature of -13 degrees Fahrenheit. There was a wind chill alert for -57 in Havre, Montana today so our temperature was much warmer than many parts of the state. My sister posted photographs from their ranch of the new born calf they had to warm up in …