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Chasing Vardis Fisher

Posted on by Amy McClellan / Comments Off on Chasing Vardis Fisher

In a Beleaguered League of Writers By Amy McClellan Photos Courtesy of Idaho Writers’ League In 2016, the once-mighty Idaho Falls chapter of the Idaho Writers’ League (IWL) vanished. It happened so abruptly that some members were stunned
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Best-Laid Plans

Posted on by Les Tanner / Comments Off on Best-Laid Plans

Ups and Downs on the Long Road By Les Tanner Take a look at this,” Randy said, taking out his phone and scrolling through its contents until he came to the frame he wanted. He turned the phone
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Dr. Squeeze Chute

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A Newcomer Learns Ranch Lingo By Bobbi Phelps Photos Courtesy of Bobbi Phelps In 1980, suburbanite Bobbi Phelps moved to the four-thousand-acre Wolverton family ranch in southern Idaho’s Twin Falls and Cassia Counties. Her book, Sky Ranch: Living
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The Demo Special

Posted on by Thornton Waite / Comments Off on The Demo Special

Rediscovering “Agricultural Improvement” Trains By Thornton Waite When I moved to southern Idaho in the mid-1970s, I continued a longtime interest in the history of railroads by researching the history and growth of the industry here. It soon
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Here Comes the Night

Posted on by Jon Mills / Comments Off on Here Comes the Night

My interest in Idaho’s night skies is a passion born of necessity. Landscape photography rather famously has a very short amount of time in the morning and evening when the light is most favorable for pictures.

I am most often at work during the day, which usually limits my available time for photos, and one such evening I found myself arriving at a location a bit too late for a good picture. I decided to just sit and watch the stars for a while before loading up my gear and heading home. After night fell and some time had passed, I noticed that I could easily make out the faint Milky Way and decided to adjust my camera and take a shot anyway. Mecca! An Idaho treasure previously unknown to me had suddenly been discovered. I could hardly believe the amount of light and detail I was able to capture from the very little light I could see. What had begun as an unfortunate circumstance for landscape photography wound up being just the push I needed to find a new passion for what I call “Nightscapes.”

More research revealed why I was able to capture the amazing night sky of southern Idaho. The combination here of high altitude, low light pollution, and a landscape covered in dark rock offers a view of our night sky many people throughout the world will never have the opportunity to see—and for a photographer, this fortunate combination allows the light of billions of stars to come shining down with brilliant clarity. That was the reason I could make these images with only the stars as my light. Continue reading

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The Winds of Heaven

Posted on by Diana Gipe / Comments Off on The Winds of Heaven

Leading Abused Horses Back to Life By Diana Gipe Photos Courtesy of Idaho Horse Rescue They called him an “untouchable” horse. The beatings and abuse Paco had endured from his owner were so extreme that he wouldn’t let
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