Field Notes

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 …

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 …