“No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer it has chosen…..” Minor White

Turning Points: Coming of Age

Turning Points: Coming of Age

Turning 60 this year truly felt like a turning point. A turning point of either acceptance or denial. Where I could either continue to ignore that I was entering the Age of the Final Third of my life, or embrace it and find the

Travelogue: Camper Van-Style

Travelogue: Camper Van-Style

When the boys were real little we had a tent trailer. It was great to have a way to come in out of the weather when they were so young. Then we graduated to just tents as we mostly camped out on rivers. Now we’re empty nesters and

The Alvord Desert, Oregon: Surprise!

The Alvord Desert, Oregon: Surprise!

It was a surprise! The Alvord Desert, that is. We headed south after getting our fill of birdwatching in the Malheur, and that skinny little road took a looong u-turn around the foot of some mountains I somehow hadn’t noticed as I peered through my lens at all those birds doing their thing.  They were still snow-covered and very bare of any trees. Kind of like giant

The Malheur, Oregon

The Malheur, Oregon

When I was a little girl one of my favorite things to do with my parents was to go birding…anywhere. I think part of it was that outside thing I have, but I was and still am a bird lover. Loving their song, their flittering, their soaring, their freedom, their quirkiness, and loving the

The Palouse: Lost in the Lovely Lines

The Palouse: Lost in the Lovely Lines

For many years I’ve traveled the miles from McCall to Lewiston Idaho, making my way between the put-in and take-out for the Lower Salmon river trip. It’s a lovely drive through rolling agricultural fields, of fragrant canola and wheat crops. I love the huge wide open skies in equal measure. They so often are a dramatic display of cloud-life. Those vast expanses of

Charlie’s Garden, McCall Idaho

Charlie’s Garden, McCall Idaho

Charlie’s Garden is located nearly on the shore of Payette Lake in mixed conifer forest. It’s a combination of native flora and carefully selected perennials in a lovely formal arrangement.. The location on Sylvan Beach began as a homestead in the 1880s, and the present garden site was a vegetable garden for one of Idaho’s first ecotourist ventures run by Charlie Nelson (Charlie no. 1) from the end of the 19th C. into the 1920’s. When Charlie no. 1 lost

Home Again Home Again Jiggety-Jig

Home Again Home Again Jiggety-Jig

Home is McCall, Idaho. And finally, Spring comes. Well, really it’s been here all along as I was wandering in the lower elevations. It’s just that it was high country style, and took its sweet time. The initial hit of spring around here is called Mud Season. Not much to get excited about, let alone photograph. Hence the travels south. And now

Chasing Spring: Elevation Rising

Chasing Spring: Elevation Rising

It’s getting hot in the desert. Or maybe just a bit buggy. Ugh. I am essentially a mountain girl who loves cooler temps. After a few weeks of my annual desert pilgrimage, I’m starting to get homesick. And sick of sand that