Field Notes

Walking with My Camera: Snow and Sorting Through More Leaves

Looking Toward the Mission Mountains this Morning We have snow. Today on my walk it was 22 degrees. It seems quieter in the woods with the muffle of voluminous white. Jordy the Samoyed seems less white and smaller. The trees seem taller. Jordy really, really likes the snow. Before the snow it rained and rained, …

Walking with My Camera: “Bring More Light”

Leaves like bright birds ― I am looking for the light amidst the tangled darkness ― Yesterday on NPR I heard an interview with Rabbi Moishe Mayir Vogel about the hate crime killing eleven people in Pittsburgh. He said, “We’ve got to get up, get out into the community and bring more light into this world.” …

Walking with My Camera: Leaves of Light

Since my last field note we had snow in the mountains but this last week we have had many warm days with some frost at night. Yesterday it was almost 70 degrees. The Larch trees have turned and are getting ready to release their gold. I continue to photograph leaves. Wandering through rocks and fallen …

Walking with My Camera: Snow in the Mountains and Leaf Bodies in Water

Snow has come to the higher mountains and the Larch are starting to turn. Occasionally small flocks of ducks and skeins of geese pass overhead. It makes me sad to see their meager lines. When I was young I remember watching v-shaped wedges that had hundreds of geese―more than I could count before they passed. …

Walking with My Camera: Fall Light, Lichen, Bees, Bear

Today is a gray icy rain kind of day. I am inside looking over some photographs from the last week. Here is a view from a place where I often photograph water. The creek runs through a dark mossy place where this lichen grows. I appreciate lichens, but I don’t know very much about them. …

Walking with My Camera: Aeration, Equinox, Leaves and Light

Aeration―water from the mountains flowing through the beaver dams to the Jocko River as it moves towards the ocean. I wish I could hear all the stories it could tell. One night last week the irrigation ditch held the glow of fall light. This last week small leaves caught me in the drama and a …

Walking with My Camera: Leaves of Change and Water

  Cooler weather brings change. A few of the Rocky Mountain Maple leaves are starting to turn. I sit on the edges of Big Knife Creek and the small irrigation ditch―enter the lines of water and find stillness in the movement and bright sounds. The color of the rocks beneath the water have become important …

Walking with My Camera: Big Knife Creek and Fall in the Air

Rain cleaned the air. It feels more like fall every day. Yesterday I sat next to Big Knife Creek with the glassy greens and sky reflections in the water. Sometimes I do edit my photographs to collaborate with the natural forms in the image and emphasize certain lines, colors, textures, shapes… but I did not …

Walking with My Camera: Blue, Air, Yearning, Water, Bear

  Yesterday, for a time wind carried the layered smoke away from the valleys, ravines and mountains we felt the BLUE of sky lift us clear remembered, felt inside, AIR   Today, some blue, some haze… The smokey days pull me to water. I slip into a watery space for a time. I sit next …

Walking with My Camera: Smoke, Backside of a Bear, Water

The smoke in the sky has been increasing for several weeks. Initially it was smoke from California and Oregon, but now there are Montana fires. Yesterday we had a clear day but most days it is getting harder to see Grey Wolf Peak on my walk. We currently don’t have any fires too close so …