Field Notes

Walking with My Camera: Mountain Snow, Solstice, Weathered Wood

hibernal solstice — the long dark — and now the lengthening of days ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We have been getting snow in the mountains but very little at lower elevations. This morning the darkness felt close. To be warm inside yet held within the winter darkness is a feeling I treasure as I welcome the slow movement toward …

Walking with My Camera: Big Knife Ice

The last patch of cold weather brought new shapes to Big Knife Creek. Lost in gleam. Is it then a loss or a light? The movement of past moment slipping between darkness and translucent waves—between sorrows and elation of the wider world. Here in this small place a celebration— water meeting a sway of coldness—shaped …

Walking with My Camera: Tumult and Snow Melt

The snow has mostly melted off except for in the more shaded places where I walk. The irrigation ditch holds reflections of early winter in slow movement. Today I was drawn to a favorite red-orange rock, reflected blue sky and water plants blended by the flow of Big Knife Creek. I was drawn to the …

Walking with My Camera: Leaf Transitions

  Today there is sun. Flickers fly back and forth from the house eaves. I am not sure what they are eating. Snow has melted at our elevation. The bare branches of late fall bring a different architecture of light to the landscape. Yesterday I walked along Big Knife Creek. The bright colors are gone …

Walking with My Camera: Snow and Sorting Through More Leaves

Looking Toward the Mission Mountains this Morning We have snow. Today on my walk it was 22 degrees. It seems quieter in the woods with the muffle of voluminous white. Jordy the Samoyed seems less white and smaller. The trees seem taller. Jordy really, really likes the snow. Before the snow it rained and rained, …

Walking with My Camera: “Bring More Light”

Leaves like bright birds ― I am looking for the light amidst the tangled darkness ― Yesterday on NPR I heard an interview with Rabbi Moishe Mayir Vogel about the hate crime killing eleven people in Pittsburgh. He said, “We’ve got to get up, get out into the community and bring more light into this world.” …

Walking with My Camera: Leaves of Light

Since my last field note we had snow in the mountains but this last week we have had many warm days with some frost at night. Yesterday it was almost 70 degrees. The Larch trees have turned and are getting ready to release their gold. I continue to photograph leaves. Wandering through rocks and fallen …

Walking with My Camera: Snow in the Mountains and Leaf Bodies in Water

Snow has come to the higher mountains and the Larch are starting to turn. Occasionally small flocks of ducks and skeins of geese pass overhead. It makes me sad to see their meager lines. When I was young I remember watching v-shaped wedges that had hundreds of geese―more than I could count before they passed. …

Walking with My Camera: Fall Light, Lichen, Bees, Bear

Today is a gray icy rain kind of day. I am inside looking over some photographs from the last week. Here is a view from a place where I often photograph water. The creek runs through a dark mossy place where this lichen grows. I appreciate lichens, but I don’t know very much about them. …

Walking with My Camera: Aeration, Equinox, Leaves and Light

Aeration―water from the mountains flowing through the beaver dams to the Jocko River as it moves towards the ocean. I wish I could hear all the stories it could tell. One night last week the irrigation ditch held the glow of fall light. This last week small leaves caught me in the drama and a …