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Libby

A month ago today I was kicked out of my own house on my birthday.

It was 3:30 am, and my roommate was in labor. She’d planned all along to have a home birth, so while we knew the baby was coming soon, none of us expected it to be in the middle of the night.

Two hours later I was asleep at my friend’s house, and my roommate Mack was holding her daughter, Libby Katherine Ivey.

I’ve since moved back in and acquired a new best friend in Libby. We do share a birthday, after all.

A couple weeks after Libby’s arrival, Mack asked if I would take some newborn portraits. Thanksgiving morning was the time we’d set for the session, which was also the morning I realized my highly-neglected-as-of-late DSLR had a completely dead battery.

Fortunately, I had in my Papa’s old camera bag a single roll of film that I promptly loaded into his Minolta X-700. We were set to do the portraits the only way humanity knew how to do portraits until very recently: with film.

I’ve since replaced my DSLR’s battery and taken plenty of digital photos, but the ones below are some of my favorites from the Minolta. It was quite special taking photographs of a baby with the camera my Papa bought to take photos of me as a child.

Masses, I’m proud to introduce you to my new best friend, Libby.

Siamese Lakes Loop

Perhaps the most appropriate way to start this post would be to address how I’ve spent my last year, as it’s been nearly that long since the previous update. That post may come someday, but for now: how I spent my last week. Baby steps, right?

Early Monday morning I loaded up a car with things necessary to spend an entire week backpacking and playing disc golf. Three of my closest friends on Earth did the same, and after we acquired both McDonald’s sausage biscuits and the appropriate topo maps, we headed east for the Lolo National Forest in Montana. It was the first ever Inland Church staff retreat, and it was indeed refreshing.

We spent the first three days on the trail, and just under 50 hours after we set out from the trailhead we’d completed the 25-mile loop named after the hike’s most striking feature: the Siamese Lakes. Hidden away some 30 miles from the nearest hint of civilization, this trail on the Montana/Idaho border housed some of the most beautiful exhibits of nature I’d ever seen.

Equipped with a disposable camera from Spokane’s downtown Rite-Aid, I attempted to capture some of the beauty. Photos were developed at an area Walgreens, and scanned on a cheapo Epson all-in-one number.

Ra Ra Riot | Palousafest 2011

Ra Ra Riot’s The Rhumb Line is one of my I’m-in-a-good-mood-so-I’ll-listen-to-this albums. And while I hadn’t seen them perform, I’d heard nothing but good things about their live show. So when I heard that they’d been booked to perform at this year’s Palousafest in Moscow, ID, I made it a point be there with my camera in hand. And so this blog post came to be.

We Are Scientists | Palousafest 2011

This past weekend the University of Idaho hosted their annual Palousafest to welcome yet another class of incoming freshman. As is their practice, they booked a band to perform the festival… actually two. This year they boasted We Are Scientists and Ra Ra Riot. Here are some shots from We Are Scientists‘ set. Ra Ra Riot photos live here.

Bayview, ID

You know when people demand that you try something? “You simply must try that new burger place”; “You haven’t seen such-and-such movie? You have to see it!”; “You’ve got to listen to so-and-so’s new album!”

That more or less happened to me last week when I told a lady I’d met only moments earlier of my upcoming trip to Sandpoint. The words used were less dramatic, but the point came across clearly: I needed to stop by Bayview, ID on my way to the concert. Unable to think of an excuse as to why I wouldn’t make a detour on my way up, I took her advice, and I’m so glad I did.

Masses, welcome to the most beautiful town you’ve never heard of.

And my personal favorite shot from the day, a pano taken from the driveway of a house that’s for sale in Bayview (if anyone’s interested). Click to enlarge.