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Walking with My Camera: Emerging Leaves and the Waters of Spring

5/1/18 Rain laden clouds on May Day. Last week the leaves were held closely, their potential palpable in the air, now they are emerging. The return to green has been a slow process with new snow visible in the higher mountains. I am thinking of the ancient celebrations of the return of spring (flowers, fire). …

Walking with My Camera: The Translucent Lines of Big Knife Creek

4/22/18 On Earth Day I am celebrating water. The snow in the mountains is starting to melt. This has been a good year for moisture accumulation in the snow pack. It looks like the snow water equivalent in the area where I live in Montana is at about 165% of normal. • https://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/ftpref/data/water/wcs/gis/maps/mt_swepctnormal_update.pdf • https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/mt/snow/products/NRCSEPRD1314833/ …

Skiing with My Camera: Blur, Edges and Bone

2/24/18 Since my last post―some days there was sun, some days chilling wind and one day this mountain was like a mirage―the lines softened as if it was barely there. It snowed more. In places the shape of the snow has a quiet sense of movement―a hard to describe undulating stillness. Montana has had some …

Walking with My Camera: The Light Isn’t Gone

1/17/18 Below the inversion layer it has been mostly gray for days. On Monday morning the sun was breaking through the fog. I grabbed my camera and went outside to capture the trees standing in the misty brightness. Traipsing about didn’t yield much photographically but the light and the sun warmth entered my skin and …

Walking with My Camera: Ice in Puddles

Snow accumulating below Grey Wolf Peak 11/18/17 There is snow melt and accumulation depending on elevation. Today’s walk was warmish with a slight breeze.   Jordy and I leaned into a bit of sun with the darkness of daylight savings time pressing near. This week I knelt to ice shapes in mud puddles and settled …

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 …