“Idaho’s mountains have jade green lakes in granite basins, streams and rivers of startling clarity and canyons of heart-stopping immensity. Once they were the home of colorful solitaries with names like Cougar Dave, Dugout Dick, Free Press Frances. There’s something about all those mountains, all that space, that inspires individualism. It may be Idahoans’ strongest trait.” – Tim Woodward in Idaho, the Movie
It’s hard to get a bad shot of the rugged Sawtooth Range. But sometimes, nature just doesn’t want to cooperate. On a brisk July morning at about 6,500 feet, photographers Bill Krumm and Tom Hadzor cued up with a canoe and paddler to shoot some scenics of Stanley Lake. A heavy fog had settled on the lake in the pre-dawn hours, completely obscuring the Sawtooths. The visibility was only about 100 feet and the thick blanket of white looked as though it could hang around all day. Almost worse than the fog were the swarms of mosquitoes attacking our crew, even swarming the lens of the camera. Not a good way to wake up. But as the sun lifted over the eastern horizon, slowly, quietly, the fog began to dissipate. The peaks peaked out from behind a misty curtain. The mosquitos must have found a tasty camper down lake, because they, too seemed to thin out– for the most part. A few pesky bugs still managed to ruin several of our shots. But, by noon Bill and Tom had captured some of the most beautiful images of Stanley Lake and the Sawtooths I’ve ever seen. Way to go guys. Can’t wait for the rest of you to see them, too.