Firehole River Dreaminess (Sigma DP1)


Firehole River Near Ojo Caliente, Yellowstone National Park

Sigma DP1, ISO 100, f/11, 13 sec.

My favorite things about photographing in Yellowstone:


  1. I can fly fish, too. On the night I took this shot in 2008, the caddis hatch was on.
  2. Sunsets almost always bring pinks, and Velvia 50, or the Foveon sensor, seems to capture it the way it actually looked.
  3. Mosquitoes keep the Yahoos in their RV’s at the Magic Hour.

My least favorite thing about photographing in Yellowstone is the fact that the Prime Minutes of the Magic Hour near sunset usually corresponds to the peak of the hatch, and I can never decide whether to shoot pictures or shoot taper to rising fish.

On this night, I got to do both, because the little Sigma DP1 allowed me to get my river shot without a lot of fooling around.


Firehole River Rainbow, Catch and Release

Sigma DP1, ISO 100, f/4, 1/125 sec.


Dreaming of Favorite Places

South Fork Flathead River, Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex – a favorite place.
(Photo: Sigma DP2)

I got a message this morning from a PR agency in San Francisco that I started my day off with a good laugh:

“Now that the weather has finally warmed up for good, it’s time to head outdoors!”

I had to laugh because the view out my window today was awfully … white.

Spring snow always gives me a chuckle because of the irony it brings to the landscape. Yesterday, Stephanie and I took our first spring walk in the Bridger Mountains and found arrowleaf balsamroot and shooting stars in bloom.

Today, those same flowers are buried.

But as much as the spring flowers yesterday offered hope of a new hiking season, so too did today’s snow remind me that accessing my favorite places by foot and packraft is still a ways off.