June. Idaho…. Eric Neufeld on a beautiful early summer evening.
From one day to the next… I just spent a few days in West Yellowstone and Ashton, Idaho. On Saturday we had snow and wind and on Sunday it was sunny, cool, and spectacular.
Opening weekend on Silver Creek was met with lots of thunderstorms and heavy rain / hail squalls. I’m really glad this is a big water year…
Excited to have a feature in the new issue—Spring 2019—of Anglers Journal. It’s portraits of 8 guides who work on Silver Creek. A long term project of mine is taking portraits of fly fishing guides, salt and freshwater, all over the world. This piece is great as it’s right in my back yard. Thanks to the 8 guides who not only took the time to be a part of this but let me take a portrait of them which is not always fun to do.
Aluminé, Argentina. March, 2019
Wild clouds near the east coast and Kaikoura, New Zealand taken in early April of this year.
Dairy farmers and dog. I took this shot less than a month ago on a dairy farm on New Zealand’s South Island. A spring creek happens to run through their property…
If anybody knows Euan and Tegan, pictured, please let me know as I lost their email and would like to send them this image…
I’ve been working on, call it a project, imagery that is not perfect in some way, shape or form. Maybe it’s not tack sharp or even just flat out of focus. Something could be cut off. Perhaps there are other blemishes like the lack of water clarity in the image below. I’ve found that so much imagery these days is perfectly sharp and often so from foreground to background. It comes down to, for me at least, embracing the flaws and in some way how light and composition can supersede those flaws and illicit an emotional reaction from the viewer.
Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. It’s a favorite image of mine by Keith Carter called, Fireflies
Once I get back from a trip and do an initial edit through my images I usually think my images are awful… It’s generally my third or fourth time through a folder when I can pick out with greater objectivity the images I personally really like. Here a couple from this March…
Always excited to pick up a print from my framer. This one is titled, Atmospheric Light, and was shot not too far from Mackay, Idaho on a smoky summer day. It’s off to a home in Idaho.
I have printed this image as large as 36” x 54”.
I just got back from a trip down to New Zealand’s South Island. If there’s anywhere in the world that represents my happy place, it’s New Zealand. The people constantly blow me away with their kindness, sincerity, and self-effacing humor. It’s the land of 40 million sheep and only 4 million people. Roughly 75% of the total (human) population lives on the North Island.
It goes without saying, that New Zealand is also absolutely stunning. Mt Cook (12,218 feet) essentially rises up from sea level. That’s nearly twice the relief of our highest point in Idaho. It’s green. Super green in many places. There’s wine country. Glaciers. The rivers vary from tiny spring creeks, dry and windy Canterbury freestones, to wild blue-green glacial fed rivers. There’s a huge variety.
The fishing is the icing on the cake and the South Island is without a doubt my favorite place to trout fish. The fish population is not high by North American standards. The browns can be very, very wary. The brown trout can also exceed 12 plus pounds.
If there’s a problem—besides the sand flies—just knowing the fish get so big can set unrealistic expectations. Couple that with the fact that many South Island watersheds don’t have consistent prolific hatches like we do in the West. Sure there are mayflies and caddis but not to the extent that one can expect to see rising fish on any given river on any given day.
My advice to anyone, this really applies to fishing anywhere, is to first really appreciate who you’re with and where you are. I’ve found that if you truly appreciate both of these these things then the fish will often follow.
I just returned from a trip down to Argentina and Chile. I have many images to sort through and edit but I find the images I’m most interested in seeing when I get home are the images I take of people.
Our snowpack has steadily gone up over the last two days and it appears we will be in this cycle for at least the next week. I expect to see the Big Wood basin snowpack to get over 100% of average in the next day or two which is great for a variety of reasons.
For those of you interested, here’s a link to Idaho water basins and snowpack percentages. Keep in mind it is not updated daily and our most recent storm is not represented yet. Idaho Snotel Map PDF
A winter sunset on Silver Creek. Really nice to see more snow!
Winter storm. Big Wood River. Idaho