Boise and Exposed: Contact 2012

Before I post my photos, I’d like to invite you all to the opening of Exposed 2012: Be.Here.Now.  Thursday, May 3rd from 7 to 9pm at the Gladstone Hotel on Queen St. [with assistance from the Ontario Arts Council and Artspace Peterborough]

It’s part of this year’s Contact Photography Festival in Toronto. I have a big panorama wrapped around a room in the Gladstone. I’d love for you to come out to see it.

And now, on to my recent travels…

image of foothills in Boise, IdahoI just spent a week in Boise, Idaho working on a show (Spiderwoman’s Red Mother) at Boise State University.

I took an hour of free time one evening to cab out to the foothills to snap a few photos. So beautiful.

My cab driver, Enes, (you can see his cab at the bottom of the frame, above) was worried about me hiking up into the hills without a guide and loaned me his pocket knife.

“There might be wild animals,” he said, “you never know.”

image of foothills in Boise, IdahoThe terrain was not that steep and the ground was dry in spite of rain earlier in the day.

image of foothills in Boise, IdahoThe view was stunning.

image of foothills in Boise, IdahoThe flora was scrub and grass, but it’s spring, so everything was flowering, including the Antelope Bitterbrush (above) with it’s multitude of delicate yellow flowers.

image of foothills in Boise, IdahoThe rain clouds had been hovering over the city all day. In one direction this huge black cloud threatened to let loose.

image of black billed magpie flying over the foothills in Boise, IdahoThe only “wildlife” I saw, this Black Billed Magpie, didn’t seem worried about the weather.

image of foothills in Boise, IdahoSo I climbed a little higher to see what was on the other side of that cloud.

image of foothilss in Boise, IdahoMore clouds. More hills.

image of foothilss in Boise, IdahoThat’s the thing about foothills. There’s always another hill. Another crest. Something that makes you want to keep climbing.

I had to get back to work, so I turned around and headed back down.

image of Military Cemetery, Mountain Cove Road, BoiseOn the drive back to the city limits we passed this Military Cemetery looking very evocative under the clouds.

I had a hard time choosing among the dozens of great photos to post here so I’ve added a few more in this gallery (below). You can see the city of Boise in the valley below in a few of them.


I certainly did.



  1. It’s like the weather conspired specifically to give you phenomenal shooting conditions. Fantastic.

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