Field Notes

Art for the Earth Project

It has been awhile since I posted because I have been working on the Art for the Earth Project as the Artistic Director and Producer. Originally it was intended to be a live performance but because of Covid-19 it evolved to a two-part video program which includes a variety of art forms exploring environmental problems …

Paddling with My Camera: Invasive and Native Aquatic Lilies

Recently I was kayaking on a lake in northeastern Washington and took some photographs of water plants. This Fragrant Water Lily, not native to the state, is classified as a Class C noxious weed. The plant is quite lovely and I can understand why gardeners have been drawn to cultivate it in their ponds. Like …

Walking with My Camera: Leaves & Water

Water dragged branches – caught, released – caught, released/ I perched at the edge of Big Knife Creek with my camera, absorbing the fast moving water, the rush of rains and snow melt/ Slowing the shutter speed to catch a serene pause of chaotic green flight/ Absorbing the greenness, the captured light

Walking with my Camera: Columbine, Water, Sky, Green

Most days I walk along an irrigation ditch that runs through Confederated Salish Kootenai Confederated Tribal Forest land. There are invitations for connection if I notice. This time of year there is a place where Columbine unexpectedly grow along the bank. Toward dusk the petals have a delicate lightness and seem as if they want …

Walking with My Camera: Water & Sunlight

The Covid-19 restrictions are slowly loosening in Montana. I have mostly been spending time in the forests where we live next to the tribal forest on the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Flathead Reservation. I am privileged to be here. I have been looking through some recent photographs I took of the waterfalls of the …

Walking with my Camera: North Fork Spring Melt

A couple days ago I spent some time near the falls of the north fork of the Jocko River. The Salish name of the river is nisisutetkʷ ntx̣ʷe. The glacier lilies were bright orbs along the rocky edges of the water. Snow melt plunged from steep drops into pools and the early evening light illuminated …

Walking with My Camera: Emerging Spring

Leaves are starting to unfurl. The new shapes of spring catch my eye. The edges of the road where I walk glowed with new growth in the evening light a couple nights ago. It is warm enough to spend more time with my camera at the edges of Big Knife Creek to catch light on …

Walking with My Camera: Sunlight in Water

Today is cool and gray. The night’s snow has melted. To slow down the spread of Covid-19 and protect our healthcare workers and those who are the most vulnerable, Montana residents along with many people around the world have been asked to shelter in place, move about only as necessary for essential services and maintain …

Skiing with My Camera: Mountain Lion Tracks and Ice

It’s been a while since my last post. We’ve had a mild winter with just enough snow to ski out the back door most of the days during the last six weeks. Over the last month, our dog has treed a mountain lion at night several times on our property. Last week my husband was …

Driving with My Camera: Mission Mountains in Northwest Montana

In late November I was driving south on Highway 93 near Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge. The edges and lines in the Mission Mountain range compelled me to stop the car and take a quick photograph. I had a small camera so I couldn’t get all of the detail I wanted but even so, you can …