Anywhere…

the wind blows.

All the lessons are in nature. You look at the way rocks are formed – the wind and the water hitting them, shaping them, making them what they are. Things take time, you know?

Diane Lane

I love this time of year when the seasons change from day to day; one moment is fall, the next winter.

This was taken the morning of the Autumnal Equinox when the length of day and night was almost equal.

The rock lover in me could not get enough of these sandstone sculptures in this magical place.

Take time to get out in nature. I guarantee it will give you a new perspective on life.

Human nature…

and the capacity for change.

People remain what they are even if their faces fall apart. Bertolt Brecht

He loves my work, just not the dead stuff.

We converse about human nature and whether or not there exists somewhere deep, the ability to change.

I don’t think so.

I do know that as important as it is to capture moments of beauty, the darker storytelling moments matter too.

It would seem the more that I try to understand human nature the less that I do.

He loves my work, just not the dead stuff.

If not for that…

this.

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.

Saint Francis de Sales

One of the things that I think about is how events shape the course of our lives. Sometimes these events are horrific and the inclination is to wish they’d never happened but I think if not for that… this.

With the passing of time though sometimes we realize that the event was a catalyst setting the stage for something incredible to happen.

I think it’s important to remember this and stay in the moment as much as possible, no matter how difficult the situation. We don’t know what lies just ahead.

Happy heartaversary my love!

Just one…

of her many secrets.

Geologists have a saying – rocks remember.

Neil Armstrong

Lake Pend Oreille…set in a valley carved by glaciers and one of the largest and deepest natural lakes in the Western United States.

Sometimes they talk about who might find the heart rock. Will the rings still be attached? Will they wonder what happened to the couple that once wore those rings?

Ah but the lake is steep and deep; 43 miles long and the fifth deepest in the nation.

She keeps her secrets that lake…

The Moth…

don’t care.

“The Moth don’t care when he sees The Flame.
He might get burned, but he’s in the game.
And once he’s in, he can’t go back, he’ll
Beat his wings ’til he burns them black…
No, The Moth don’t care when he sees The Flame. . .
The Moth don’t care if The Flame is real,
‘Cause Flame and Moth got a sweetheart deal.
And nothing fuels a good flirtation,
Like Need and Anger and Desperation…
No, The Moth don’t care if The Flame is real. . . ”
Aimee Mann

For much of my time as a photographer, other than a series on dying kokanee, I’ve put my lens on beauty which is never in short supply in our natural world.

Lately though I feel compelled to tell a different story.

It’s not pretty but it’s there, right in front of me. and I’m finding it hard to look away.

Will it make me grow as a photographer?

I don’t know but it’s one hell of a story.

Bear…

number 3.

blacj bear brown wildflowers trees

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.

Albert Einstein

On a recent trip to the mountains we had the great pleasure of seeing this guy munching away amongst the wildflowers that infused the meadow with color. The bear’s sense of smell is incredible so although I was a good distance away and using a long lens, he knew I was there.

I love that I have the opportunity to be in the presence of these large apex predators. When steps are taken such as proper food storage while camping in their backyard, everyone is safer, bear included.

For me it’s a thrill to have wildlife appear in a setting that is already filled with beauty. I’ve been at this very place throughout all of the seasons and I’ve never failed to be rapt in awe.

Nature…it’s a beautiful thing.

The amazing power…

of fossils.

A fossil is so powerful. It’s moving. This is my ancestor. The naturalist is moved by the fossil… not the cross.

Greg Graffin

It’s one thing to imagine life that inhabited the earth before our time and quite another to be surrounded by evidence of its existence.

A humbling and moving experience is how I would describe it. I can’t imagine the thrill of actually taking part in discovering evidence of lifeforms that existed 65-230 million years ago.

There’s a fragility about it all.

Kind of puts man in perspective: we truly are but a speck.

Kind of makes me revere nature all the more.