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BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

Seeing how this post is going up on January 30 and it's about 25 degrees and snowing outside, I can't help but get a little nostalgic for last summer when I created these images for the Montana Council of Boy Scouts. The assignment was to create a body of work of scouting images to be used in the BSA's marketing materials. The location? That would be Melita Island on Flathead Lake in Montana. Spending a few days on an island, in a very impressive rock and timber lodge, in July in Montana with amazing images unfolding everywhere I looked was a great experience. Now that the images are out in the world, I can share a few here. The first printed piece I have seen with my images is the MT BSA 2013 calendar. (Needless to say, it is verrrrry different from the other calendar I produced in 2013.) It was designed by Eubank Creative. Overall the print quality and design are fantastic. It really hits me when my images end up in the hands of creative, capable designers and reminds me how much they can jump off a page when treated right. I am definitely looking forward to ongoing projects with the MT BSA after this one.

Another product that came out of the assignment was a promo video which features the Melita Island Camp and the K-M Camp near Lewistown, MT. Shooting video is definitely brand new to me, but is quickly becoming an important piece of the puzzle. I was very fortunate to have a good team to help me on this one, specifically Lou Ghaddar, who handled the editing. Check out the video on Vimeo here.

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LOOKOUT

Spent a night in a USFS Lookout Tower recently. Was one of those life experiences that, once you've done it, you wonder why it took so long to do it. Very, very amazing night. Highlights include finding surprisingly (and refreshingly) cool weather on top of a mountain, 360 degree views, doing laps on the wrap around porch, never-ending sunset, and scratching another "first" off the list.

LATELY

With the mercury topping out around 95 degrees in most of western Montana lately, it is obvious that summer is here fo' real. While that's hot, it's laughable by the rest of the country's standards. Nonetheless, I'll take it ... gladly! The hot conditions lately are responsible for me having a great birthday with family, attempting to do some river surfing on the 4th of July, shooting photos around town (between dips in the river), and generally enjoying some amazing evenings sitting around the fire pit (which is actually a wheelbarrow). Here are a few images from the last week or so.

LOLO PEAK

I'd all but written it off. Gave up. Told myself I missed the window to add another notch to my Lolo Peak belt. I had been trying for a few weeks to rally the troops to make a summit push, but it just wasn't happening. The reasons were all legit (illness, out-of-town, work schedule, hungover), but that didn't make it an easier pill to swallow. I eventually gave up on the idea and admitted to myself that I was going to have to wait another year to conquer the beast. Considering that I am about to embark on The Epic Adventure (more on that in later posts), and need time to wrap my mind around it, I figured Lolo couldn't happen this late in the season. Then, last Friday night, I heard it was on. A Saturday walk in the hills was planned. After a moment of taking stock of where I was in regards to The Epic Adventure, I decided I could do it. In fact, NEEDED to do it. At the 4-mile mark, there is a nice place to take a seat and have some lunch. When we got here, the weather was looking rather fugly. Clouds, wind, and almost certain rain or snow heading our direction. But there was also a chance it would miss the peak entirely. After a few minutes of cell phone checking, joke making and attempts at future reading, we bucked up and went for it. Of course, we wound up getting rained, snowed and hailed on, but the summit was conquered. At the top, visibility was pretty crummy, although one could see the distant lightning  and hear the thunder crystal clear. Terrific.

All in all, it was a good decision to go for it as Greg had never been to the top and Kurt had a beard to set free.  And the beers at the car taste so much better when drank in celebration than defeat.