GROUSE, GIRL AND MACRO | YELLOWSTONE COUNTRY JoJo The Grouse
My young friend Ella took me to meet her unusual pal in her remote morel mushroom area today. Each time Ella picks shrooms with her family she calls out to her grouse friend named “JoJo”, who comes running to greet her. The bird stays close to Ella’s heels and is curious to her every move. For hours this continues. The bird was also curious to the camera and came in for a closer inspection. I was able to use a macro lens while photographing “JoJo”, what a great experience. Another interesting thing is, the grouse attacked our shoes when we were leaving. Tugging at the shoelaces in a frantic effort to keep us there. Often times JoJo flies after the truck in a last ditch effort to get Ella to stay. Nature is amazing… what a great day!
“FAIRY SLIPPER” THE CALYPSO ORCHID | YELLOWSTONE COUNTRY Yellowstone Caldera
At a whopping 15cm tall these pretty little mountain orchids can be tough to find. I’ve stumbled on them randomly only a few times during my travels. Each instance I can’t help but to feel very fortunate for the opportunity. These tiny orchids have stunning details and a mind-boggling array of vibrant colors, if you take the time to look. There are lots of fun facts surround these delicate Orchids. A few of the highlights are nature’s natural medicinal use. The Thompson Indians of British Columbia used the Orchid as a treatment for mild epilepsy. The bulb would be chewed, or the flowers sucked upon to help reduce seizures. The tiny bulbs are also used as a food source.
A few weeks left to stumble on these cool little flowers around here, who knows, maybe I’ll be lucky enough to find another.
PUBLISHED FLYFUSION MOBI ISSUE 2014 Editorial Magazine
I’m pleased to a have Henry’s Fork River photo essay in the premier issue of Fly Fusion Magazine MOBI. Summer is just around the corner, can’t wait for opening day! Big thanks to the great folks at TroutHutner Lodge!
EDITORIAL BIG SKY JOURNAL | BACK 40 Published in the Big Sky Journal 2014
I remember this day like it was yesterday, and I also remember trying to capture this image too. At first I failed miserably, of course, but a few adjustments later I was satisfied. This is one of the many aspects of shooting my camera that I enjoy, the constant learning, the “ah ha” moment.
It’s great to see this image in the current issue of the Big Sky Journal. I get to relive that day of learning once again… and the fantastic fishing.
Big Sky Journal Back 40 “First Sight” short
Location: Henry’s Fork River, Island Park, Idaho
I’m proud to be a small part for the new Patagonia 2014 facelift. Big thanks to the ambassadors and anglers whom I work with. Without their commitment, ambition and love for the waterways I wouldn’t have anything to take photos of.
Happy to see a few of my images grace the pages of the fall 2013 issue of TROUT Magazine.
I’ve been very fortunate as a photographer to work with legit professional anglers who really get it done. No fancy bells and whistles, no acting, just pure clean fishing and a lot of fun. I’m also lucky they are so patient with me!
Here Patagonia Ambassador Millie Jo Paini doing what she does best, hooking fish on the mighty and technical Henry’s Fork River, Idaho.
A mating couple was trading fishing duties on a warm rocky mountain morning.
It is always a delight to see Osprey, they are by far one of my all time favorite animals. I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time to capture this image.
I’m very excited to see one of my images on the new Spring 2013 cover of the The Drake Magazine!! It’s been a great publication for many years, one that I eagerly look forward too as both a fisherman and photographer. For me its a humbling honor for any of my images to make into print ,and making the cover has always been a lifetime goal of mine.
This image below is of good friend ,and phenomenal angler, Millie Jo Paini fishing her beloved Henry’s Fork river. It was a great hatch that day and both Mille and husband Rich were out doing what they both love to do, “play the game ” (dry fly fishing) on the famous Railroad ranch section. There are a few other goodies inside from BGP, including a little somethin’ somethin’ by friends Johnny Pares and Rita Rose Adams on dry fly bonefish from a recent trip to Casa and Playa Blanca in the Yucatan. The shot was very challenging for many reasons. It didn’t come easy and we spend days trying to get it. After dozens of hook-ups and we finally managed to get a few that really show the fully open mouth of a Bonefish trying to eat from the surface. It was one of the most amazing fly fishing experiences I’ve seen. I know I won’t look at bonefish the same way ever again. Rounding out the issue is buddy Tom Watkins over at the good ol’ TroutHunter freezing on the pages in the spectrum section. Nothing like a brisk mid-winters day of fishing on the Henry’s Fork. Huge thanks all the anglers for doing what you do and letting me document it with my camera, without you these images and adventures would never happen.
This issue is action packed, lots of solid content from some of the most talented writers and photographers in the industry. So head down to your local fly shop and grab a copy today, or better yet, get a subscription!.. hell, snag a shirt too.