Photos of the Week

by Fire Girl Jess on October 29, 2014

Fall days are made for campfires and sporting clays.

Fall days are made for campfires and sporting clays.

Fall has fully arrived in all its drizzly glory. I’m currently battling my way through several upcoming deadlines and firing up new projects on the launch pad, so in lieu of a full-on blog post here are a few images to (hopefully) inspire you to get outside today!

Sometimes you need to escape beyond four walls—rain be damned. (Today’s lunch break was spent fishing in the wet weather… nothing better for the soul.)

Fall colors... nothing better on a rainy day.

Fall colors… nothing better on a rainy day.

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Pre-dawn starts mean good morning light on the water.

Pre-dawn starts mean good morning light on the water.

After a few glorious days in tropical humidity, salty air, and sunshine, I’m back in the the brisk fall drizzle of a New England October.

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) held their Saltwater Media Summit in Cape Coral, Florida, at the end of last week. It was a busy, three day conclave with the leaders of Gulf and Everglades conservation and restoration. Leaders of various media outlets took in various lectures and panels, eagerly joining in on the conversation and asking probing questions.

I was very fortunate to attend in a joint role as an Orvis representative and as Fire Girl Photography. This trout girl from Montana took a small novella’s worth of notes and came back with a lot to digest.

Despite the heavy presentation schedule, TRCP made certain we had a morning’s worth of fishing (thank you!). I tried my hand at a spinning rod for the first time, and while it was certainly fun, am eager to run back to my fly gear.

Huge thanks to the TRCP for putting together such an incredible group of presenters and lecturers. Summits like this rarely run smoothly, yet their staff ensured everything came off beautifully.

I’m eager to explore more of the Gulf area… I have a feeling this is the beginning of a very long love affair with the salt.

Head on over to Chi Wulff for some images from the morning’s fishing.

Enjoying the locals.

Enjoying the locals.

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New “Eastern Spaces” Portfolio

by Fire Girl Jess on October 20, 2014

Looking a wee bit like fall.

Looking a wee bit like fall during a rainy morning hike.

Jackie Jordan getting it done gar hunting on Lake Champlain.

Jackie Jordan getting it done gar hunting on Lake Champlain.

I’ve finally gotten my rear end in gear and, instead of lightening my freelance writing load like a sane person would, have just decided that I’m pretty damn happy working 80+ hour weeks. Writing work continues to accelerate, and I’ve finally made up my mind to accept the challenge of photographing the seeming homogenous hills of the Northeast.

I complained internally for seven months about how different the landscape was from the big, sweeping Western landscapes of home. Finally I sucked it up and started playing with the camera. No pressure, just evenings out bouncing around and seeing what would happen.

And things happened.

Fortunately, just in time for the foliage season.

You can see the results of the several past months’ work in a new portfolio on the FGP site: Eastern Spaces. Right now it’s pretty recent work, but look for it to evolve as I experiment with shooting this new territory.

I also updated the Eastern Fly Fishing portfolio with a few shots from a recent trip on Lake Champlain. Look for Orvis all-stars Pete and Jackie doing that they do best.

Heading down to Cape Coral Wednesday AM (the lovely reality of living an hour and a half from the nearest airport… 3AM departures) for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Media Summit. I’m going in a joint role as both Fire Girl Photography and an Orvis representative. Very much looking forward to two days of intensive seminars and meetings, and upping my basic knowledge of saltwater conservation. It looks to be a stellar line up, and I’m honored to be included in the group.

And while it’s a work / meeting trip, we do get a morning out on the water for some fishing, so maybe I’ll come back with a few images as well.

‘Til next week. Cheers.

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Overlooking the Gallatin River, southwestern Montana.

Overlooking the Gallatin River, southwestern Montana.

Tried a little something different for this week’s Vermont Chronicles on ChiWulff. Some photo tips this week to help you prepare for the oncoming change of season.

Winter, as they say, is coming.

I just spent the day out shooting sporting clays (with both camera and gun) with some friends, old and new. When I got home and it took a steamy shower and hot soup to defrost, it was a sure sign chilly weather is incoming.

Head on over to Chi Wulff for some tips on how to manage gear in cold weather.

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Chi Wulff Vermont Chronicles: Of Leaves

by Fire Girl Jess on October 12, 2014

Color during an exploratory hike yesterday.

Color during an exploratory hike yesterday.

The requisite fall photographs have now made their way onto Chi Wulff. Head on over and check it out.

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Fall Advances

by Fire Girl Jess on October 9, 2014

Fall_VT-3 2Fall is here in full force. It’s brisk and breezy and I’m currently swathed in my beat-up Patagonia Nano Puff and a scarf. And I have a sudden, rather explicable urge to swing streamers. It’s been a busy week thus far; here’s a brief hit list:

  • Fishing at least once a day. Can report lots of lovely little brookies.
  • Writing for most hours of the day. Whether at Orvis or at home, new projects keep popping up and I found myself whacking out 1,000 words for a freelance piece before even leaving for the office this morning (coffee is a wonderful, wonderful thing, and I’ve learned I can type with one hand and down oatmeal with the other).
  • New travel on the horizon. More details to come later.
  • Foliage is moving from yellow to orange. I find this strangely exciting as it now almost looks like the hills are smoldering. Some subliminal part of my mind keeps looking for a helitack crew to crest the treeline.
  • Rediscovering my love/hate relationship with landscape photography (see previous point).
  • Discovered a tv show character (I have to listen to something when processing images at midnight, and while I don’t have a television, Netflix can be lovely background noise) who used the words “malfeasance” and “gumption” in the same conversation. Think I found a new (and fictional) best friend.

And that about wraps up the week. I’m working on a plethora of projects that will be hitting the magazine circuit this winter and the coming spring, and thoroughly enjoying having the hard-hitting journalist hat on for a while. Gotta have a little fun once and a while.Fall_VT-210352391_10152713755594827_7258312637295034481_n

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Vermont Chronicles on Chi Wulff: The Magic of Rivers

by Fire Girl Jess on October 5, 2014

I went off on a bit of a tangent for this week’s Vermont Chronicles. Head on over to Chi Wulff to check it out.

A native brook trout caught in a Green Mountain stream.

A native brook trout caught in a Green Mountain stream.

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