Field Notes

Walking with My Camera: Snow Lines and Alder Leaf Reflections

10/14/17 California friends and family share news and try not to breathe the heavy smoke from the devestating fires. I wish we could send some of our moisture down there. Here in Norhtwest Montana the snow feels kind of settled in the mountains like it may be here to stay for the winter. The snow …

Walking with My Camera: Collecting the Changing Light

10/7/17 Today the clouds are still ladden with water even after the heavy rain. We did have some sun this week and last night I got to see the light on Ponderosa bark in the early evening. Some days the autumn light defines all the edges and sometimes there is a softened warmth blurring transitions―both …

Walking with My Camera: Leaf Blaze and Ouzel

9/30/17 Today is grey with rain but many days this last week had a breathe deep clarity. Blue sky in the cooler air gave more definition―a place to to define the self of leaves and water, even when the big troubling world leaned heavy in my heart. I got to hear the air bubbles of …

Walking with My Camera: Snow at Tippet Rise

The Domo, a sculpture by Ensamble Studio   9/24/17 On Friday (Sept. 22) a friend and I travelled five and a half hours through snowy passes to reach Tippet Rise Art Center http://tippetrise.org/  Here is a description of the center from their website: Tippet Rise Art Center is located in Fishtail, Montana, against the backdrop …

Walking with My Camera: Snow and Leaves

  9/16/17 Moisture from the recent rain and snow in the mountains is described as a fire slowing event and though the fires are not out it feels like we are on the other side of the long stretch of dry smokey days. It was good to see Grey Wolf Peak , a rare occurrence …

Walking with My Camera: Smoke and Bright Fibers

9/9/17 By the end of next week there may be a shift in the weather. I lean toward the possibility of cold front, frost, possible snow in the high mountains. I look for shimmerings. I savor the stories of nurturing. I sip the news from my sister to the North. She tended the burned feet …

Walking with My Camera: Ocean, Trees, Heart, Smoke, Water, Care

8/31/17 I am back home from traveling through Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California. So much has happened since my last field note nineteen days ago. My husband and I camped at Deschutes River and in the Redwoods. Hiking through second growth Redwoods (Del Norte Coast Redwood SP Mill Creek Campground), I was drawn to the …

Walking with My Camera: What We Can See

8/12/17 We talk of smoke, smoke, smoke and share stories about the fires―where they are, how much has burned. There are no fires too close to our home but in many places we share this thick air and we know the names of these Montana fires―Liberty, Rice Ridge, Gibraltar Ridge, Lolo Peak, Sprague, Sunrise, Little …

Boating with My Camera: Flathead Lake

8/5/17 Flathead Lake, one of the cleanest lakes in the populated world, is a remnant of the ancient glacial Lake Missoula. It is 27 miles long and up to 15.5 miles wide. The deepest part of the lake is 370 feet below the surface.   reflected light at the end of the day moving me …

Walking with My Camera: Smoke in the Air

7/29/17 Smoke settles between the ridges―then the wind shifts and we are clear for a time.  It feels kind of tide like as it comes and goes. When the air thickens―sometimes I look into the water to feel the wet shadows and greens. I leave the dryness for a moment and the thirst in my …