Field Notes

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 …

Walking with My Camera: Dry Grass

7/23/17 I took my mother camping at Big Arm State Park  for her 82nd birthday. The long dry grass in the area spoke to me of abundant growth from the winter snow and spring rain and now the dry time with many fires around Montana.   It spoke to me of the wind and of the …

Walking with My Camera: Ponderosa Pine Needle Reflections

7/15/17 In the mornings, I walk barefoot outside to help my feet recover from a broken ankle (December). The last couple weeks, as I step on pokey pine needles on the ground, I have been pausing to photograph Ponderosa Pine needles reflected in the small ditch above our garden. It is a very different view …

Walking with My Camera: Summer Water Clouds (and a bear)

  7/8/17 Today the heat fills the air with a different kind of weight. This week we have been watching the young robins eating currents, the grosbeaks eating the cherries and just this morning a bear eating not quite ripe serviceberries. The bear was pushing the branches down to the ground to make it easier …

Walking with My Camera: Summer Greens

7/1/17 Sometimes I want to drift in the watery greens soak in the flux of light follow the lines of grass zigzag, blend, bend, swirl in the layers of celadon, jade, olivander, citron