New Zealand Dairy Farmers

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…

Dairy Farmers and Dog. New Zealand 2019

Pre-Runoff. Idaho

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

Cody Catherall hangs onto one yesterday on an Idaho River…

Atmospheric Light Framed Print

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”.

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16” x 24” Atmospheric Light matted and framed to a total size of 32.5” x 44.5”

Fly Fishing The South Island

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.

Scott Murray seconds before landing a nice South Island brown. Scott is the co-owner of River Haven Lodge located near Murchison on the South Island. I was fortunate to have just spent 7 days on the water with Scotty where there were plenty of shenanigans and nonsense. As a guide myself, I cannot say how much I’ve learned from fishing with Scotty over the years.

Big Sky Journal

Excited to have the photography in a featured piece written by John Huber in the current fly fishing issue of Big Sky Journal along with the cover image. To see more, check out Big Sky Journal.

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Patagonia

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.

Gaucho near Aluminé, Argentina. He was in his Sunday best and was cooking a lamb over an open fire and coals when I took this shot.

Gaucho near Aluminé, Argentina. He was in his Sunday best and was cooking a lamb over an open fire and coals when I took this shot.

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Winter Storm

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

Big Wood River

My house…

Valldemossa, Spain

Valldemossa, a magical small town on the island of Mallorca is a treasure.

Valldemossa, Spain. Early January 2019

In Stock Framed Prints

For any of you looking for framed prints ready to ship, here’s what I currently have ready (I’m offering free ground—within continental USA—shipping for any of the framed images below including the set of 3 through Friday, Dec 21):

Damselfly Take 3
1,200.00

Limited Edition Digital Giclee Print. This framed print is numbered 2/100. The print is 16" x 24". The frame size is 24" x 32". There is 3" of surround white matting.

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Damselfly Take 2
1,200.00

Limited Edition Digital Giclee Print. This framed print is numbered 2/100. The print is 16" x 24". The frame size is 24" x 32". There is 3" of surround white matting.

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Damselfly Take 1
1,200.00

Limited Edition Digital Giclee Print. This framed print is numbered 2/100. The print is 16" x 24". The frame size is 24" x 32". There is 3" of surround white matting.

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$3,000 for the set of 3 16” x 24” Damselfly Take Prints. Free ground shipping as well shipping Through Dec 22nd. for inquiries, contact Nick.

Havana Bar
1,250.00

Limited Edition Digital Silver Print. This framed print is numbered 1/25. The print is 16" x 24". The frame size is 24" x 32". There is 3" of surround white matting.

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Parachute Adams. Chile
1,250.00

Limited Edition Digital Silver Print. This framed print is numbered 1/25. The print is 16" x 24". The frame size is 24" x 32". There is 3" of surround white matting.

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Queen's Crown. Picabo, Idaho
1,650.00

Limited Edition Digital Silver Print. This framed print is numbered 1/25. The print is 20" x 30". The frame size is 29" x 38.5". There is 3" of surround white matting.

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A Trip With A Legend

My good friend, Val Atkinson, is hosting a trip to the Palometa Club this March. It’s a fantastic opportunity to not only have fun and fish the flats for permit and bonefish, among other fish, but to also spend time with a true legend in the fly fishing world. Val has spent a lifetime exploring the world behind his lens. He’s a kind and sincere person and full of great stories and is just an all around great person to spend time with. The long and short of it… check out the details below and email Val with questions / inquiries: val@valatkinson.com

This is, unfortunately, not a trip I will be on (I’ll be in New Zealand).