Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Discover the Snake River

Photographer shares new book, insight

Express Staff Writer

A shot of the headwaters of the Snake River.
Courtesy photos by Kirk Anderson

    Kirk Anderson’s euphemism for how he was spending his spare time for the past several years was always “chasing the Snake.”
    The result of that hobby project has resulted in a new coffee table book, “The Snake River Discovered: Source to Confluence.”
    “Running around for four years, scouting and revisiting many beautiful and dramatic areas along the Snake was a labor of love and a true honor,” he wrote in an essay for the book.    
    Anderson, a local photographer, will discuss his adventures and sign copies of his new release in two events this month.
    The first, on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m., will include a visual presentation at the Community Library with Iconoclast Books, where he will appear Sunday, Dec. 22, from 4-6 p.m. for another signing.
    “The Snake River Discovered,” is a photographic exploration of the nearly 1,100-mile length of one of the American West’s most dramatic large rivers.
    Following the Snake from its source in Yellowstone National Park to its confluence with the Columbia River in Washington, Anderson captured the elusive elements of light, weather and seasons through four states over four years.
    From its origin, followed by the spectacular backdrop of the Teton Mountains, the river flows through Jackson Hole and then enters Idaho about 30 miles downstream at Palisades Dam. Traveling through one of the most productive trout fisheries in the country, the South Fork of the Snake is joined by the Henry’s Fork just above Idaho Falls.
    As the river meanders across Idaho’s southern plain it supports agriculture, recreation, hydroelectricity, wildlife habitat, fisheries, and a very colorful history.
    Upon entering Oregon and creating the Idaho-Oregon border, the river travels through the deep gorge of Hell’s Canyon, where accessibility is mostly limited to boat or aircraft.
    After emerging from the canyon’s rugged landscape at the shared port of Lewiston, Idaho, and Clarkston, Wash., the river turns west through the rolling agricultural breadbasket of Washington’s Palouse area, where it eventually joins the Columbia River at Tri-Cities, Wash.
    Anderson explored the Snake’s beauty along its banks, but also via plane, helicopter, raft and boat in his quest to discover unique angles of view and inaccessible areas.
    After four years of devotion to the river, Anderson is already plotting out his next venture, “with explicit instructions from my wife, Hillary, that my next book would be about tropical beaches.”
    “We have seen much beauty, met some amazing characters along the way, and every once in a while were rewarded with that camera click of a real keeper,” he said.

Meet Kirk Anderson
When: Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m.
Where: Community Library, Ketchum.
What: Chat and book signing


When: Sunday, Dec. 22, 4-6 p.m.
Where: Iconoclast Books, Sun Valley Road, Ketchum.
What: Signed copies for sale.


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