Zimo’s outdoor notes

coyoteWINTER PHOTOGRAPHY

We travel far and wide to get outdoors photos but the winter photo opps in Boise and along the river and Greenbelt are many.

The coyote decoys in Ann Morrison Park seem like they are standing guard over the geese instead of scaring them away.

The frosty mornings also are proving to be incredible when it comes to scenery. The white, crystalized trees, grasses and brush in the Boise Foothills and in the city make for wild images. Take a hike.

I’ve gotten my best shots just when the sun is rising. There’s sort of a pinkish, white, gray hue all around. The other day when the inversion covered the valley, the best time for shooting didn’t come until the time when the afternoon sun started coming through the clouds. You may hate the fog and its bone-chilling cold, but sometimes the photography can be hot.

BACKCOUNTRY SKIING

There might not be that much snow in the high country but the skiers on Idaho tele skiers on Facebook say it’s holding up pretty well. I checked out snow depths and Mores Creek Summit, northeast of Idaho City, a favorite skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling area, has 23 inches of snow. Other depths: Deadwood Summit, 34 inches; Galena Lodge, 17 inches.

BRUNDAGE MOUNTAIN

April Whitney at Brundage said  a large winter storm is approaching Brundage as it gears up for its season opener on Dec. 20.

An inch of fresh snow fell on the mountain Wednesday night bringing the base measurements to 13 inches at the lodge and 29 inches at the summit.

Snow is expected to return around 11 a.m. on Friday, with forecasters predicting anywhere from six to 12 inches of fresh snow by Saturday morning.

 

 For and update, look HERE

SUN VALLEY

Sun Valley Resort will open more terrain on Baldy with the Greyhawk high-speed quad opening on Dec. 21. The Family Fun Tubing Hill on Dollar Mountain will open on Dec. 22.

For info, go HERE

DUCK HUNTING

We’re getting reports that some northerns have arrived along the Snake River in Southwest Idaho and that should improve duck hunting for the weekend. It will also attract the crowds, so you’ll have to get to your spots early.

Photo by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman

 

 

 

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