I was in Boise last week on business and decided to borrow a point and shoot camera to capture what I could during my free time - which basically restricted my shooting time to early morning. It's been 10 years or more since I was in that part of the country and last time was such a short and concentrated effort that I basically saw the hotel room, a freeway, and a corporate conference room. During this trip I had a tiny slice of time to myself each day, which let me soak in the local atmosphere. Some interesting things I learned about Boise...
- It's pronounced "Boy-See," not "Boys-E."
- It's not unusual to see a woman in a 5 gallon hat and a western shirt sipping on a merlot in the local fine wine establishment.
- The only potatoes I saw there were the ones in the office cafeteria soup. I think their "famous potatoes" might be a hoax.
Since February is basically the dead of winter, that means that everything is obviously very dead looking. However, there are still interesting forest textures that I feel represent the calm beauty of winter in the northwest. It's odd that from this appearance of chaos there's an order to nature.
One thing that I noticed is that the ducks and Canadian Geese are a bit skiddish in Boise, likely because it's bird hunting country. Whenever I would get within fifty feet of the geese their alarms would go off en masse. It went from river water lapping over rocks to a three alarm fire with the horns on a clown fire truck honking away. It's not like you can negotiate with the geese to stay there in the water while you take a pictures..."yeah, just sit there still while I shoot...oh wait, that was the wrong word, um I mean, photograph you" ...thus pictures of geese in flight.