Friday, February 22, 2013

Like Some Picture Show Across Idaho

If you haven't guessed by now, I have an ongoing love affair with Idaho. I've covered just about every corner of the southern half of the state, and there isn't one single place I don't love. The combination of the endless sunshine and big blue sky, the Ponderosa pines and rugged mountain peaks, the loneliness, the expansiveness... It enchants me. 

 This set of images is from a September trip to the Boise National Forest in 2011. It's from a roll of Doubles that didn't entirely work out (my fault), at least not as doubles, but I'm happy these images worked out as singles because they showcase so many pretty little places on the Boise. The top image is from Mores Creek Summit on Highway 21. Next is Johnson Creek Guard Station, an awesome little rental cabin deep in the forest. Above is Dutch Creek Guard Station on the Middle Fork Boise River. Below in Bonneville Hot Springs, just off Highway 21 near Grandjean. Next is the beautiful Ponderosa forest surrounding the tiny hamlet of Yellow Pine, Idaho, a place famous for its harmonica festival. Below that is the road to Mores Creek Summit, looking north toward tiny Lowman, Idaho. And lastly is an outbuilding at Dutch Creek.

I made an iTunes playlist with songs titled "Idaho" by Jeffrey Foucault, Gregory Alan Isakov, the BoDeans, Delta Spirit, Josh Ritter, Nerina Pallot, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, Yonder Mountain String Band, and the B-52s. I listen to it often, recalling memories of so many visits to the state I love, and hoping for many, many more. One day, I dream of having a cabin on Warren Wagon Road on Payette Lake, or a yurt on property with unobstructed Sawtooth views. Someday...

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