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May 132016
 

Skiing in the Boulder White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Just last year, President Obama signed into law the creation of a new wilderness area which includes much of the Boulder and White Cloud mountain ranges near my home here in Idaho. The other day, a few friends and I went in to ski an unnamed peak. The weather was more winterlike than Spring and the snow conditions in the couloir were less than ideal, but, being at 11,400′ in our Nation’s newest wilderness area is an experience not to be missed.

Skiing in the Boulder White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing in the Boulder White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing in the Boulder White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing in the Boulder White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing in the Boulder White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing in the Boulder White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

May 082016
 

Spring colors in Idaho

Both the Arrowleaf Balsamroot and Lupine wildflowers are blooming in amazing abundance here in Idaho this Spring! On a hike the other day, I created this abstract image of the colors these beautiful flowers display by slowing the shutter speed down and moving the lens while making the exposure.

Apr 172016
 

Family backcountry ski day

My kids are getting old enough now to be able to go into the backcountry and ski with me. The other day my good friend, Matt Leidecker, and I were able to arrange to have both of our families ski Galena Pass on a perfect corn snow day. Having the kids out on an amazing day hiking and skiing alongside their parents was, as Mastercard loves to say, “Priceless.”

Family backcountry ski day

Family backcountry ski day

Family backcountry ski day

Family backcountry ski day

Family backcountry ski day

Jan 262016
 

Backcountry skiing in Idaho

The foothills to an amazing mountain range end about 300 yards from my back door. I’ve been exploring this range for years and just last weekend was able to spend time in a drainage I had never been in before…on skis. On our ascent up to treeline where we spent the night, a storm was finishing off about 4 inches of new snow which had fallen on top of an already soft powdery base. Waking up the second day, we found the storm breaking up with clouds and snow squalls passing through like long interval waves. The high peaks were showing signs of snow instability: slab slides, sluff slides, depth hoar in the pits; we didn’t push our luck and stayed at treeline skiing among the white bark pines. Here are a few images from the trip…

Backcountry skiing in Idaho

Backcountry skiing in Idaho

Backcountry skiing in Idaho

Backcountry skiing in Idaho

Backcountry skiing in Idaho

Backcountry skiing in Idaho

Backcountry skiing in Idaho

Jan 062016
 

Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch

Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch has always been one of my favorite places in the world and I’ve been fortunate to be trusted by their amazing manager, Sandra Beckwith, to capture many of their photography needs. This past Fall as their season came to a close, Sandra brought me back in to capture images of their newly renovated rooms. The images are dispersed throughout their website, however, here are a few screen shots.

I highly recommend booking a night or two (or three, or four…) at this amazing ranch: www.idahorocky.com

Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch

Jan 052016
 

Sun Valley Ketchum Idaho engagement session

This past Sunday I had the pleasure of photographing for a great couple who lives back east, but, have been visiting the Sun Valley and Ketchum area for many years. Ilsa and Cody are going to be married back in PA and thought it’d be fun to have a winter engagement session-I’m glad they did! Here are a few of the images we captured.

Sun Valley Ketchum Idaho engagement session

Sun Valley Ketchum Idaho engagement session

Sun Valley Ketchum Idaho engagement session

Dec 292015
 

2015 wedding photography

As 2015 comes to a close, I want to thank all the brides and grooms who hired me to photograph their fantastic weddings. This year saw its fair share of snowy winter weddings which is always a fun and different time of year to be married! Other weddings were held in the Palm Desert; San Francisco coast; all the way to Amherst, Massachusetts; and most of the beautiful venues here in the Wood River Valley. Here are a few of the highlights from this wonderful year!

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

2015 wedding photography

Dec 212015
 

Skiing and Landscape photography in Idaho

This December Idaho has been on the receiving end of Old Man Winter’s kindness. Multiple feet of beautiful snow has fallen making for a winter wonderland. While the white coat looks good on our mountains, a danger has been lurking underneath-an unstable layer of snow keen to trigger avalanches. With that said, if you are willing to be cautious and knowledgeable about the snowpack, there are still areas and slopes to ski. Matt Leidecker and I headed out into the mountains north of Ketchum, Idaho, just last week and enjoyed a few runs of amazing powder! I hope you all are getting your fair share of freshies too!

Skiing and Landscape photography in Idaho

Skiing and Landscape photography in Idaho

Skiing and Landscape photography in Idaho

Skiing and Landscape photography in Idaho

Jul 082015
 

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Contrast: a crisp and saturated blue sky above red rock canyon walls which contain the green leaves of vegetation; bleached arid slick rock domes sparsely populated by only the heartiest plants who wait patiently for precipitation while lush perennial streams gurgle within stone’s throw; cattleman and tourists. On my recent visit to the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument of Southwest Utah, I was impressed by both the delicate and tough landscape and society that lies therein.

During the 13 days I spent in between the towns of Boulder and Escalante, Utah, I explored nearly one hundred miles of backcountry washes, hollows, slot canyons, and ridges; witnessed flash floods the locals hadn’t seen in 20 years; and spoke with residents and business owners who revealed a society in the midst of cultural transformation.

My time tramping around the backcountry of GSENM was inspiring in ways I had expected with its amazingly unique natural scenery, flora, fauna, archeology, and the physical abilities which were required of me in order to move through, over, under, and around the geologic and geographic features time and weather have created. This was my longest solo adventure and the changes in perspective and what interested me now versus when I first visited southern Utah nearly 20 years ago were what was unexpected; to the point that, on this vacation, I willingly attended a public hearing at Escalante’s high school about their school’s dwindling student population and the town’s economic state of affairs.

To truly understand the landscape, I am finding that it is necessary to attempt to know the surrounding human society. For instance, seeing Jacob Hamlin arch was a great experience, visually stunning, the weight of its thick stone structure could almost be felt, however, knowing that the protection created by President Clinton’s 1996 use of the Antiquities Act which created Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument set into motion issues regarding access for ranchers and off highway vehicle groups—added a layer of information that opened my eyes and revealed details that I know I wouldn’t have seen had I been there with my family, friends, or as a younger person.

I hope to write more about this experience. Until then, here are more images…

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Apr 182015
 

Spring Skiing in Idaho

The juxtaposition between the comfort of the office environment from which I type this post vs that of the alpine couloir I was in just 30 hours ago is, in simple terms, strange. Yesterday, my body and mind traveled from a precipitous 50 degree ski run to the comfort of my home in a few hours. It makes me think that perhaps the alpinists of old had it better than me and my contemporaries in that both the ascent and descent from civilization took longer, and thus, an easier time for their brains to adjust; they enjoyed more time spent in the mountains. Now, these quick trips into the backcountry feel like the extreme version of a ying-yang circle of existence, polar opposites that somehow placate one-another. Obviously, I’d take more time spent in wilderness, but I won’t complain about time I’ve enjoyed therein.

This past week I had the great fortune to find time to ski with good friends in the mountains of Idaho on two different outings. On both occasions, we were able to enjoy nights spent on the ground and days in the open (to paraphrase Doug Robinson). The weather contradicted itself wonderfully in that we traveled through snow squalls, enjoyed blue bird skies so calm lakes became mirrors, heard Sand Hill Cranes echo their mating calls from marshes into a myriad of canyons, and found silence unlike any other. The snow was good, if not great, and the camaraderie unparallelled.

Here a few images from these adventures….

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho