Sunday, September 17, 2006

Wilderness






















an iridescent
ribbon curls through this canyon
shining water road

















breathe in and breathe out
bounce across sparkling water
breathe in and breathe out

















in the darkness, smoke
settles down in the creek bed
moonrise glows orange

















the osprey's screams bounce
off the snow-topped cliff and rain
blows up the river

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Click on the pictures to see larger versions — it's worth it.
More after I'm fully dried out and warmed up.

26 Comments:

Blogger zhoen said...

I see you enjoyed your own kind of Idaho.

9/17/2006 5:24 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

So beautiful the scenes look nearly unreal, except for that last one, which I think I'm enjoying most.

9/17/2006 6:06 PM  
Blogger rdl said...

Beautiful!!

9/17/2006 6:14 PM  
Blogger rdl said...

Beautiful!!

9/17/2006 6:14 PM  
Blogger leslee said...

Wow, great photos! Looks like you had a wonderful time. And I like the poems, too. Must have been an inspiring trip.

9/17/2006 6:35 PM  
Blogger firebird said...

Oh, my god, what a GORGEOUS place!
That first photo is so delicious, I could just eat and drink it all up!! Was the water icy cold?

9/17/2006 10:11 PM  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

...ahhhh...

glad you're back!

9/17/2006 11:15 PM  
Blogger Dale said...

:-) Lovely.

9/18/2006 4:33 AM  
Blogger Pat Paulk said...

Wow!! Wow!! You know how to make folks jealous. Glad you're back to share the adventure!!

9/18/2006 4:34 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

Great photographs. How spectacular it looks there. What an inspirational journey.

9/18/2006 8:23 AM  
Blogger Richard Lawrence Cohen said...

Fantastic!

9/18/2006 11:52 AM  
Blogger alan said...

New photos, new dreams....

Thank you, I need them!

alan

9/18/2006 1:22 PM  
Blogger floots said...

superb words and pix
must have been an amazing time

9/18/2006 3:03 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Zhoen, it's its own kind of Idaho. Nothing like it.

Brenda, I took that last photo on the last day. I was not enjoying it as much. That's snow on the hills behind the clouds and it was raining. Freezing water and no way to stay dry. My toes went numb, hands hurt. Great adventurer, huh? I'm so glad to be warm.

rdl, yes it is.

Leslee, thanks. Finding beauty is one way I reconnect and recollect myself.

Firebird, glad you enjoyed the photos. The first is from the first day when the water was chilly but not freezing. The last photo, on the last day, the water was miserably icy.

Michelle, thanks. I'm glad to be back. Thanks for the welcome.

Dale, thank you.

Pat, thanks so much. Happy to share.

Robin, it really is spectacular country. Rugged and remote.

Richard, merci monsieur!

Alan, I do too.

Floots, it was in many ways amazing. More coming.

9/18/2006 4:19 PM  
Anonymous Becca said...

Marvelous! Really fabulous words and photos.

9/18/2006 5:51 PM  
Blogger Patry Francis said...

I feel restored just looking at these--and of course, reading your words.

9/18/2006 7:34 PM  
Blogger firebird said...

mb--I am interested to know what camera setup you used--was it waterproof? (I am shopping for a better digital camera now)
The detail and colors in your pictures are impressive!

9/18/2006 8:22 PM  
Blogger snowsparkle said...

mb, welcome back!!!! your river rafting trip looks like it was awesome! it's been years since i've rafted... your photos make me want to do it next year!

9/18/2006 10:10 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

This is the kind of landscape that inspires me. I love it. Thank you for these.

Good to have you back, MB.

9/18/2006 11:32 PM  
Blogger Ó Seasnáin said...

seems like a nice trip :)

9/19/2006 3:26 AM  
Blogger Don Iannone said...

Simply wonderful flow of word and image. Nicely done!

9/19/2006 4:37 AM  
Blogger Sky said...

Wow! These photographs are extraordinary! I love the one of the orange moon rising.

This kind of beauty is indeed refreshing from deep within us. My husband and I need this kind of regeneration and have enjoyed the past month of exploring again after a long, hard summer of being married to the gardens.

Glad you are home safe, warm, and dry. We need your thawed fingers to write the poetry which feeds us here!

9/19/2006 7:29 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Becca, thank you!

Patry, I'm glad you feel restored! Thank you for telling me.

Firebird, I've had this camera a couple years. It's a Nikon Coolpix 4200. Not waterproof — I kept it in a drybag when not in use. When I thought I'd be using it, I had it in its case, tucked into the front of my lifejacket to protect it from spray. Obviously, I was calculating the odds and counting on not getting thrown from the boat. It's a 4 megapixel camera and I use it on a high resolution setting and then rely on extra memory cards to compensate for the large files that result. There are better cameras, no doubt. I also sometimes tweak photos a little in Photoshop if I need to, though these needed little if any adjusting. I did nothing to the top one you liked so much, for instance.

Snowsparkle, thanks for the welcome! You, I think, would enjoy this very much.

Mary, this landscape inspires me, too. Thanks for welcoming me back.

O Seasnain, thank you for stopping by. It was a nice trip.

Don Iannone, welcome! I'm pleased you enjoyed the poems and photos.

9/19/2006 11:52 AM  
Blogger MB said...

All:

Sorry for the delay in posting... I'm having trouble uploading photos for some reason. Bear with me.

9/19/2006 11:58 AM  
Blogger Lori Witzel said...

Yippeee! I get to live vicariously thru your pics!

:-)

My camping trip out to the David Mountains (far West Texas, near Fort Davis) last November -- one night the temp went down to about 28 degrees F. I thought I'd never get to sleep for being cold, and there was never so welcome a feeling as that first hot cup of coffee. It's so nice to feel all that, especially with the blessing of knowing one will get warm again soon.

9/19/2006 8:06 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Lori, your night in the David Mountains sounds like mine. I'm relishing being warm right now. Glad you enjoyed the pics, I sure enjoy yours!

9/20/2006 7:50 AM  

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