Monday, October 31, 2011

Snake River

Being in the right place at the right time is a large part of photographic success. Light and natural elements that create the oppurtunities for exceptional images are many times fleeting. On this morning I was lucky. The Snake River flows just 25 yards from my living room window and I was able to photograph a fall fog rise with a fresh cup of coffee in the backyard. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Simple natural world

Pure graphic elements enhance the natural world, by introducing a change in foliage and the low light of fall. Simple line and rhythm of nature rise to their peak and quickly head into winter.
Payette Lake

Meadow Creek

Targhee National Forest

Thursday, September 8, 2011

"Fish On"- Big Hole River

There is so much about Montana that is, "The West". Fishing the pure water of the Big Hole River gave me one more reason to think just that.  Crystal clear water flows 155 miles from its source high in the Beaver Head Mountains. This range separates Montana from Idaho at the continental divide, and produces some of the best trout fishing in North America.


Brooks Montgomery and Chris Hart, Owners of Hart Montgomery, a company that represents an array of fishing industry companies, were kind enough guide the Outcast photo shoot down their little backyard river. Leading us to many fish and brilliant scenic locations. To view more images of this photo shoot click the Big Hole link.

Friday, August 5, 2011

God said, "shoot with your iPhone"

Driving down interstate 90 in the lush Silver Valley of Northern Idaho a voice spoke to me, saying, "shoot with your iPhone". Having just seen the Blues Brothers, and with the exit for the Cataldo Mission in sight, it could only mean one thing. I was on a Mission from God.

The Mission of the Sacred Heart, was built by Missionaries and members of the Coeur d'Alene tribe between 1850 and 1855. This is the oldest standing building in the state of Idaho, and is listed on the national registry of historic places.

All images © Mark Lisk

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Bear Grass

This cool summer has given way to a beautiful and long lasting wildflower season. The Lupine and Beargrass in the higher and cooler regions of Idaho are in prime shape. Now, in this first week of August, it feels like late june in the high country.

Images form Crystal Lake Wilderness Study Area, St. Joe National Forest.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Owyhee Bloom

Nothing but dirt, rocks, and if your lucky the occasional flower. This year if you ventured into the Owyhee Desert it is hard not to get lucky. This spring has been an exceptional wildflower season. Still in full swing this last week of June, and should stay with us for another week or two.

This grouping of Lupine can be photographed from the McIntyre Ridge Road near 3 Fingers Butte. The roads are in good shape and the camping is good at near by Succor Creek State Park, in the far eastern edge of Oregon.

Three Fingers Butte, known by the locals as Three Fingered Jack rises above the sage brush floor near Succor Creek State Park.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Dam Spring Runoff

"It reminds me of the north sea." The Dam Manager of the Owyhee Dam told me. Cold and violent, the green water of the spillway crashes into the basalt cliffs that hold the footings of the Owyhee Dam. Creating the sea green waves mimicking that of a volatile sea. (click here to see more dam photos)

The Owyhee Dam built in 1929 stands 417 feet and served as the prototype for the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River near Las Vegas. 

Friday, February 25, 2011

Winter in the Joe

Traditionally in Idaho, February accumulates its largest snow fall. There is a misconception that this time of year is drear and withdrawn from color, but when examined, the subtle radiance of this season produces extraordinary color. 

With help of a local North Idaho outfitter Peak Adventures and twenty three inches of fresh snow, last week was a great time to experience and photograph the winter landscape.  The weather broke and we spent two cold nights in the remote Idaho back country.

These are winter images from Mark's recent project with the Coeur d'Alene tribe in the St. Joe National Forest. To view more image follow this hot link to Mark's web page.

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Power of Water

A week of warm weather has pushed the water levels up in the desert rivers of the west.  A big charge of muddy water pushed through the Palouse River canyon in the southeast corner of Washington. Rushing through basalt cliffs and over Palouse Falls, a two hundred foot drop,  then making its way its confluence with the Snake River 6 miles below.

The power of water cutting through solid rock is illustrated to perfection in the desert rivers of the west. The Columbia plateau, is just one example of it strength, illustrated with hundreds of small pothole lakes dotting the basalt terrain.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Studio Inspirations

Warm light streams through the windows facing the river and fills the walls of the new studio. All of Jerri's new work has been produced in the new space, and several pieces reflect the change and growth of her unique style.

Jerri will be exhibiting fourteen new pieces in her annual show at the Patricia Rovzar Gallery in Downtown Seattle, January 6th through the 31st.