Fire season is wrapping up in the Pacific Northwest as Fall approaches. Here is a recent image I captured of the Carey Dome fire lookout on the Payette National Forest. The 85 ft. tall galvanized steel tower was constructed in 1934 by the Aermotor Co. out of Chicago, Il., and assembled and erected by the … More Keepin’ a Lookout: Carey Dome
This spring, my wife and I embarked on a long planned 24 mile hike along the gorgeous, rugged, and remote wilderness Hells Canyon National Historic Trail, along the Snake River. The hike began not on foot, but aboard the Kirby Ranch triple jet, jetboat. We hitched a ride from Pittsburgh Landing, with the annual Hells … More Take A Hike With Me: Hells Canyon National Historic Trail ~ Idaho, U.S.A.
Winter’s grip is close in the Salmon River Mountains of Idaho, U.S.A. As I publish this post, the snow is falling outside. Two weekends ago, I took a couple hour drive from my house in McCall, Idaho, into the high country, to enjoy my last trip before my only access will be from snowmobile. The … More Sunday Drive To Fisher Creek Saddle ~ Idaho, U.S.A.
A year or so ago I began planning an out and back hike to visit my good pals who just took over as the new caretakers/head guides, of one of the iconic Salmon River wilderness ranches, Shepp Ranch Outfitters. The private ranch is located at the confluence of the Salmon river, and Crooked creek, … More Take A Hike With Me: Into Idaho’s Gospel Hump Wilderness – Shepp Ranch And Back –
I recently enjoyed a 200 mile back-country, dirt road drive near my home of McCall, Idaho U.S.A. The trip is a loop drive, that works its way through the Salmon River Mountains, through two incredible inland salmon spawning drainage’s. Big Creek, and the South Fork Salmon, the latter being North America’s third deepest river gorge … More Purple and Pink on the Wolf Fangs
This afternoon image, of the Black Butte’s, was captured from the remote, and breathtaking Johnson Saddle in the Gospel Hump Wilderness of Idaho, U.S.A. The Black Buttes are an exposed, eroded, and minuscule section of North America’s largest batholith, the Idaho Batholith. When you hike along the base of those rocks, and cliffs, it is … More A Wisp in the Black Buttes
Here is a recent capture of a stormy evening down in Idaho’s, Salmon River gorge at the iconic Shepp Ranch. A light mix of sun and rain made for some wonderful viewing down river from the grounds of the ranch when I took this photo. I had hiked in nearly thirty miles over three days … More Let The Sun Shine Through On The Salmon River
The nationally designated wild and scenic Rapid river flows out of one of Idaho, U.S.A’s most impressive wilderness mountain ranges, the Seven Devils. Once the edge of the Pacific ocean these ancient mountains now sit high above the Pacific Northwest river country they surround. The highest peaks tower nearly 10,000 feet above the depths of … More On the edge of “Hell”: Rapid River Wild and Scenic River and Trail
A few weeks back I hopped in my friend Dave’s, 1995 Maule. A super light, back country flying machine, capable of short take-off and landing. The mission was to scout out a 30 mile trail I will be hiking in a few weeks on the main Salmon river, to Shepp ranch to see my friends … More Fly Into The Chasm
My previous post, “Monochrome Madness”, has me thinking about black and white images. This shot is from our camp at Summerland, on the Wonderland trail, day 8, at Mount Rainier N.P. It had been snowing, and when the storm broke, the 8,886 ft. K Spire peak, and the surrounding volcanic rock, and glaciers emerged from … More Misty Mountain ~ K Spire