Field Notes

Meandering with My Camera at My Window: The Spring of Winter Light

  For Beth Ferris who teaches me to hear the language of flowers and to see the petals and scent of poems.   I  am watching April snow squalls and side ways flurries as I write and harvest images from photographs of Amaryllis on my windowsill in late February Thank you for the bulbs Lulu …

Skiing with My Camera: Ice_Snow_Reflection

A while back I was skiing along an irrigation ditch on the forest lands of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes near where I live in Montana. The first part of my ski it was overcast and dark. I followed lines and circles in the ice for several miles. When I turned to head back …

Walking with My Camera: October Leaves in Big Knife Creek

I have been called by fall leaves, water and light for several years now. There is something about the interplay of elements that draws me, at this time of year, to return to a favorite place where leaves gather in a small creek near where I live. I thought I would have more opportunities to …

Walking with My Camera: Thunderhead Gardens and the Open A.I.R. Fundraiser

I am a participating artist for the upcoming Open A.I.R. fundraiser at Thunderhead Gardens September 11, 2021 in Moiese, Montana. The work being created for auction is based upon inspiration of the land where the fundraiser will be held. I had the privilege of spending some time at Thunderhead Gardens and here are some field …

Walking with My Camera: Jocko Falls June Runoff

At Jocko Falls this time of year the snow melt creates raucous plunging water. If you visit the falls you need a Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribal recreation permit which can be purchased at a places such as Bob Wards or Sportsman Warehouse in Missoula, Montana. I bring my camera and experience to a collaboration …

Walking with My Camera: Light and Water

The day–gray with rain instead of snow led me to find some photographs from walk I took last the fall. These images are from a small water way named Big Knife Creek located on Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation tribal forest land. I take many hundreds of photographs of water and …

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 …