Monday, June 28, 2010


Alone on a ridge, the quiet onlooker. An observer to the passage of time, gathering stories that span many cultures and generations. With no voice for expression, I put my hand on the giants in an attempt to gain some wisdom and influence. Speculating on experience and listening through contact.
These images from Mark's recent travels to the St. Joe National Forest. Crystal Lake Wilderness Study Area.

Monday, June 21, 2010

50 Series

Every year Jerri Lisk creates 50 new 4x5 inch original paintings for her annual 50 Series. These paintings are based on sketches collected during the years wanderings. This years collection is exceptionally diverse touching on her enthusiasm for aspen, and zeal for desert canyon lands.
 It is an exciting show and one that Jerri looks forward to year after year.
This collection of 4x5 inch original paintings will be on exhibit in our downtown Boise Gallery during the months of July and August.

A series of sketches from an aspen grove in the Dixie National Forest, The Grand Staircase of the Escalante.

Canyonland series of sketches from the Owyhee desert.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The shuttle driver

The Owyhee desert, has an unlimited amount of unique landscapes, many of which are not easy to get to. The old adage, you cant get there from here applies in many instances. In  late winter and spring that adage is even more crucial. Wet roads are impassible and you will be stuck for a while.

May and June weather in the Owyhee Canyonlands is a bit dicey at best. A good rule of thumb in the desert is,(always carry a tarp, extra provisions, and a good shuttle driver). When I say good shuttle driver I mean, someone with  exceptional driving skills, but more importantly, entertainment value at camp. You never know when you may be stuck face down in the muck. 24 hours of rain equals 24 more hours under a 12x12 tarp with your close friends waiting for the desert to dry out.

Patients will eventually be rewarded with the spectacular photographic images in Americas newest wilderness area.
Dan Gottsch, "The Owyhee Jackass". For shuttle info email

Note,Dan is quite a good tarp pole dancer.