About a week ago, I received a WhatsApp call from Leonardo. Out of the blue. Assumed I had made no great impression on him when, earlier in the summer I had stopped along Trail Creek Road to get a few images of him. I had sent him the shots via WhatsApp. He asked me to come out and visit his new, albeit short term, location near Hailey. I brought a few beers and we talked for an hour or so about his nomadic life here in the States and his family back in Peru.
Cold. Some sun. Rain and snow too. Saturated trees and sky. October.
Here’s a recent panorama of the Lost River Range (Idaho’s tallest mountains).
Snow up high. Saturated river bottoms; cottonwood leaves holding on to one last bright gasp before dropping. A deeper-blue sky. Greater shadows. Skittish mule deer.
It’s starting to look and feel like fall. In fact, tomorrow, September 21st will be the first day of fall. Cool mornings and beautiful sunny days in the upper 60’s to low 70’s are on the horizon.
Fall color and Kokanee Salmon.
Ritchie Thurston, below, after a day on the Double R Ranch. Silver Creek, Idaho.
Leonardo. Shepard near Ketchum, Idaho. 2018
Look at a fire map of the West (InciWeb) from California to Montana and you will see dozens of blazes. Fire and to a larger extent, smoke, is the new norm in the west. July and August in the mountainous areas and in some places along the coast, year-around.
A bit of smoke and lots of sun and hot weather too. Late July, Picabo, Idaho.
Excited to have a feature piece, both words and photography, in the new issue of The Drake Magazine.
The story is on my trip out to Faraway Cayes on the Miskito Coast in Honduras this past March and the Honduran guides I was with, Miskito Indians, trap boat fishermen, and the long boat ride in the 40' Captain Dennis to get there...
I had the privilege of spending a few weeks on the Mosquito Coast and Faraway Cayes in Honduras this past March. It was an incredible experience on many levels. I'm working on an editorial piece, words and photos, on that trip. My story is slated to be published this July. So..., more to come on that.
In the meantime, here's a link to Beyond The Horizon, a roughly 22 minute video on Faraway Cayes. It's certainly a fly fishing frontier and as a heli-fishing operation, really worthwhile. Think lots and lots of tailing bones but the trip is for the person looking to have many shots at permit each day.
It still feels like spring and technically it is for five more days... The image below was taken yesterday on a beautiful sunny day.