Field Notes

December 27, 2019



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January 4, 2016

White River Falls

White River Falls

It's always fun to rediscover forgotten images. Especially ones you really like! I spent the first two days of 2016 tidying up a rather bloated <a href="">Adobe Lightroom</a> image libra...

November 21, 2015


<a href="/images/craft/stone-concretions-large.jpg"></a> Somewhere in Zion. Eight stone concretions. Natural forms born of ancient dunes. A magic blend of iron oxide and quartz sand grains forged by water, compression, and time. Harder in c...

November 2, 2015


<a href="/images/craft/flow-zion-virgin-river-large.jpg"></a> I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding. - John O’Donohue...

October 12, 2015

Cloud Streaks

<a href="/images/craft/streaked-clouds-and-bat-large.jpg"></a> Lovely distant cloud streaks capturing the last light of a sun beyond the horizon are magnified with a 400mm lens. A swooping bat, appearing relatively quite large, photobombed ...

September 17, 2015

Dream Clouds over Zion

<a href="/images/craft/dream-clouds-over-zion-large.jpg"></a>For awhile now, I've been exploring photographing scenes of water, stone, and sky in subtle barely discernible moments, usually in very low light. Once the moment is captured, I a...

May 12, 2015

Granary, Chandon

<a href="/images/craft/chandon-granary-large.jpg"></a>Following the annual gathering of the <a href="">Oregon Natural Desert Association</a> (ONDA), I took advantage of my location to drive up to the little towns of Chandon a...

January 24, 2015

Irrigation Pipes

<a href="/images/craft/pastel-irrigation-pipes-large.jpg"></a>Since moving to Bend, Oregon, road trips to California pass through some lovely farm country northeast of Mt. Shasta. Along a stretch, a field of old weathered irrigation pipes l...

November 19, 2014

Swirling Silence

<a href="/images/craft/swirls-zion-national-park-large.jpg"></a>Silence. Such a rarity. I found it late yesterday afternoon in a half bowl of swirling sandstone high atop a ridge in the <a href="

November 16, 2014

24,323 Steps

<a href="/images/craft/stone-patterns-zion-large.jpg"></a>24,323 steps. That's the total my Health App registered after a long meandering 11-mile trek through the back country of the upper east side of <a href="">Zion...

September 22, 2014

The Beautiful Chaos

<a href="/images/craft/beautiful-chaos-ilfochrome-large.jpg"></a>Over the years I've familiarized myself photographically with the geography of <a href="">Zion National Park</a>, particularly its elevations. At highe...

September 12, 2014

Palouse Granary

<a href="/images/craft/palouse-granary-001-large.jpg"></a>My previous Oregon Granary post inspired me to cycle back through images made in 2013 when I spent a few days exploring the <a href="">Palouse</a> in and a...

January 21, 2013

Black and White

<a href="/images/craft/stacked-pipes-large.jpg"></a>I spent New Year's Day driving south from Bend, Oregon to San Jose, California thinking about my photography. With <a href="/ilfochrome/">Ilfochrome</a> discontinued and ~2 years left of s...

November 14, 2012

Leaves on Stone

<a href="/images/craft/leaves-on-stone-large.jpg"></a>I like the simple contrast between the leaf shapes and textures and the swirling striated sandstone. Classic Zion. Hopeful this will look lovely as an <a href="/ilfochrome">Ilfochrome</a...

October 17, 2012

Aspen Reflections

<a href="/images/craft/aspen-reflections-large.jpg"></a>Water reflections have recently become a favorite subject of mine. I've found that the best time to photograph them is often the middle of the day when light is strongest on the reflec...

September 27, 2012

Abstraction - Bristlecone Pine

<a href="/images/craft/bristlecone-pine-detail-large.jpg"></a>Abstraction can be a very powerful (and fun) theme to use in your photography. But to be successful, it should be done with purpose. Successful compositions are no less easy. Do ...

July 19, 2012

Painted Hills

<a href="/images/craft/d800e-painted-hills-oregon-large.jpg"></a>My daughter and I took a side diversion to the <a href="">Painted Hills</a> unit of John Day Fossil Beds National M...


I hope to make pictures like I walk in the desert—under a spell, an instinct of motion, a kind of knowing that is essentially indirect and sideways.

Ellen Meloy