Sculpting Light and Time

In this sophisticated age where motor-driven, auto-focused, auto-exposed digital cameras can be shot while blindfolded and produce a useable image through Photoshop trickery, there is still no electronic substitute for thoughtful composition and deliberate content. While the new cameras, cell phones, and software have raised the casual snapshot to a new instantaneous art form, a little extra thought can elevate your images above today’s 24/7 visual cacophony.

Survey Your Surroundings 

Gettin’ High

If you’re looking for a new perspective on life, some folks might suggest getting high. But when it comes to photography, this takes on a whole new meaning for Bozeman photographers Jim Harris and Chris Boyer. Using towers, helicopters, and airplanes, these artists take powerful aerial images of what might be considered familiar scenes, but the results are distinctive pieces of art that tell a story on a scale that only Montana can deliver.

High-Energy Photography

Whitewater kayaking has long been one of my favorite subjects to photograph. The high energy, emotion, and adventure elements of the sport inspire my photography and continually bring me back time and time again. The sport gives the photographer an amazing amount of creative freedom; however, there are a few things that I have found that help enhance the image.

Avalanche Eyeballs

I get excited at the thought of fresh powder and start to salivate every time I hear, “a winter storm warning is in effect.” Obviously others share my obsession since each storm is followed by a shortage of workers in Bozeman, as folks call in sick and play hooky. Let’s face it, we all live here to take advantage of these deep, powder-choking opportunities, especially since these memories fuel us through the dry spells. However, along with the pleasure that backcountry powder brings, we need to keep our senses honed for avalanche danger.

Avalanche Center

Chances are you're someone who enjoys winter – as a snowmobiler, backcountry skier, or snowboarder, you probably dream of steep slopes and deep, untracked powder. Or perhaps you snowshoe or cross-country ski, and you cherish the winter woods and the solitude that a blanket of snow provides. Either way, winter recreation in southwest Montana can be risky business because of the terrain we often choose to play in or travel through: avalanche terrain.

Bozeman Pass

The Bozeman Pass climbing area, known as "The Pass," is located between the Bear Caynon Exit and Trail Creek Exit off Interstate 90. This area has sport routes for the beginner and advanced routes for those pushing the limits (5.6 to 5.13b). The Pass is home of the Training Wall, representing some of the toughest routes in the area.

Practice Rock

Practice Rock is a great opportunity to sneak a climb into your day. The cliff offers excellent routes (5.6 to 5.12b, mostly 5.8-5.10b), a short approach, and is one of the closest crags to town. The granite forms long, smooth faces, clean cracks, arêtes, and corners. The routes are short and most of the climbs require gear placements, but some have bolts.

Directions: Take 19th Ave south from Bozeman and turn left on Hyalite Canyon Rd. After approximately a mile, there is lower fishing access parking on the right. The crag is across the road. 

Hebgen Lake

Hebgen Lake has been called the premier stillwater fishing lake in Montana, as large rainbow and brown trout are found in good numbers. In addition to great dry fly lake fishing, activities include boating, camping, and swimming. First-timers may want to consider a guide; the lake is large enough that prime fishing areas can be overlooked.

Hyalite Reservoir

Hyalite Reservoir located up Hyalite Canyon is a stunning mountain valley. The reservoir contains cutthroat trout and arctic grayling. Boating is allowed although a 'no wake' rule has been instituted. Other activities include paddle boarding, kayaking, ice fishing and swimming. It is a great place for a picnic or an overnight trip with Chisholm and Hood Creek Campgrounds located on the east shore.

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