Mule Deer Doe, Albertson Park Boise

Three Views of a Doe


Kathryn Albertson Park, in Boise, is one of WC’s favorite places to photograph birds. Renovations to the park, including some promising new viewing platforms, have driven away most of the birds this summer, but not, apparently, the resident deer. This pretty young lady gave WC a nice set of poses before heading to a thicket…

Yellowpine Pit, East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho

Compromise and Environmentalism


WC is an admitted, unapologetic conservationist and environmentalist. For most of his adult life he has been actively involved in conservation organizations. As a contributor, as a lawyer, as a member and even as a member of boards of directors. WC understands the issues and challenges conservation organizations face pretty well. And the recurring issue,…

Calliope Hummingbird, South Fork of the Payette River

Field Notes: South Fork of the Payette River


The Payette River, with the Boise River and Weiser River, are the river systems that drain the westerly side of the Idaho Batholith in central Idaho. Like its more famous cousin, the Salmon River and its various forks, the Payette has carved deeply into the Batholith. Unlike its sister streams, in many stretches of the…

Lake Pend Oreille, looking across to the easterly shore

It’s Pronounced “Ponderay”


WC has written before about the ginormous, ancient, vanished Idaho lakes and the incredible floods they produced. The Bonneville Flood, a one-timer, happened some 17,500 years ago, when Lake Bonneville overtopped the soft rocks of Red Rock Pass, flooding much of the length of the Snake River, and the middle and lower Columbia River. The…