after Christmas we had a series of snow storms that pounded
the southern part of the state, especially in the higher elevations.
So much so that hundreds of deer and elk were coming down to
lower elevations looking for food because everything was so
snowed in higher up.
Dozens of them crossed Luck Peak reservoir which the Boise River flows into, about 30 miles north east of Boise. Unfortunately for the animals, the ice couldn't support the weight of them all and dozens ended up falling in the icy water to their deaths.
This picture was embarrassingly easy to shoot. I just had to park my car along ID-21, walk out about 50 feet to the edge of a cliff, and shoot down into the reservoir with a 300mm lens.
that month, my editor came to me and asked if I had anything I
might like to shoot for the local section centerpiece. This
doesn't happen often, so I was prepared for it. Idaho is still
an agricultural state, especially in the south. I had wanted
to profile a small-scale, independent farmer/rancher as a contrast
to the agribusiness
that dominates the state and our newspaper pages.
|So I had contact information for Janie Burns in my drawer already. I gave her a call, asked if I could hang out for the afternoon, and off I went. We traipsed around in the snow, feeding sheep and making sure their water was wasn't frozen on her 10-acre spread west of Boise.||
don't think I had ever been so cold in my life: single digits and
wind-chill. I don't know how I kept moving my fingers.
I ended up turning in a 3-picture package and a short story as well for the next day's paper.
Boise's elevation is moderate, about 2,800 feet, and it's situated in a valley so the winter here is probably the most mild in the state. And I'm sure those of you who work every year in winter conditions much worse will laugh at how routine Real Winter is. But it wasn't for this native Californian.
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