Mar 182012
 

An image of the flooding that occured in Bellevue, Idaho, on Saint Patrck's day, 2012.

Yesterday began as Saturdays often do, mellow and uneventful; relaxing. A warm night had kept the passing storm from leaving snow in the lower elevations, Bellevue included. Almost all night the tattering of rain on our metal roof made for a nostalgic sound hinting that Spring was drawing near. After breakfast my family took advantage of the soggy morning to clean up the house and by 11am or so my wife noticed on Facebook that our Mayor was requesting help on the North end of town as some homes were being flooded.

An image of the flooding that occured in Bellevue, Idaho, on Saint Patrck's day, 2012.

Homes being flooded on the North end didn’t register as something to be concerned about. All that was North of town was a large field; no creeks, lakes, no reason to connect this area with flooding. By noon my curiosity got the better of me and I drove my eight year old daughter, Kaia, to see what the story was. Within a minute of arriving, I had a shovel in my hand and Kaia was holding open the sandbags as we filled one after another. Breaks between filling bags were hauling and stacking them along the street to keep the field’s rapidly melting snow from draining into town.

An image of the flooding that occured in Bellevue, Idaho, on Saint Patrck's day, 2012.

We worked until a line had been created and then I grabbed my camera to capture some of the final moments. I stopped back by to catch the fire and city works departments wrapping up the dredge line they were using to help channel the water toward storm drains located on main street.

An image of the flooding that occured in Bellevue, Idaho, on Saint Patrck's day, 2012.

The Wood River Valley, home to my home town, Bellevue, is about as far removed from natural disasters as I thought possible. While, the occasional avalanche rips down a mountain side or a minor earthquake rumbles the ground, I didn’t think I’d be sandbagging with my neighbors where town met pasture.

An image of the flooding that occured in Bellevue, Idaho, on Saint Patrck's day, 2012.

An image of the flooding that occured in Bellevue, Idaho, on Saint Patrck's day, 2012.

An image of the flooding that occured in Bellevue, Idaho, on Saint Patrck's day, 2012.

An image of the flooding that occured in Bellevue, Idaho, on Saint Patrck's day, 2012.

An image of the flooding that occured in Bellevue, Idaho, on Saint Patrck's day, 2012.

An image of the flooding that occured in Bellevue, Idaho, on Saint Patrck's day, 2012.

An image of the flooding that occured in Bellevue, Idaho, on Saint Patrck's day, 2012.

An image of the flooding that occured in Bellevue, Idaho, on Saint Patrck's day, 2012.

Sep 292010
 

While I’ve been teaching photography for many years, never before have I had the great fortune of being asked to tutor someone during a cattle roundup! Yesterday, I had that pleasure. Kaylin Dennis hired me out to help her learn about her new Canon SLR while her father, Kelly, managed the roundup of a hundred or so head of cattle in the open country just north of their family homestead near Fairfield, Idaho. These were real cowboys who were impressively efficient with how they worked their horses and cow dogs in bringing the cattle to the corrals. Kaylin hit the ground running, learned “so much more in twenty minutes than [her] manual ever could have taught,” and I’m sure came up with some great images. Many thanks to Kaylin for arranging this session–I hope to get out and cover more of these events with you!

If you would like to see more of these images, I’ve added them in the “Essay” section of my editorial site: www.craigwolfrom.com.