Green River , Utah

Space Ship

blocks sculpture off freeway at green river, Tuesday April 2, 2013.

Green River , Utah

Novices Kayaking the Green River

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I have to be honest. When I first heard the concept for the Tribune’s Novices in Nature, I thought it was terrible. Sending a pair of writers with no outdoors experience into the woods so they can write about their complete lack of knowledge and the mishaps that ensue? No thanks, I thought. The correct model is to have our reporters be the experts. I am used to working with writers who are experts in their field, with a clear grasp of what’s going on and how to do things. Why would we even entertain the idea of giving up that position?

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After photographing Maggie Thach and Roxana Orellana kayaking for the first time (at Butler Wash, Green River), I finally understand why this idea might actually be brilliant. It’s because Maggie and Roxana are genuinely free-spirited and funny people. Their perspective is fresh. We get to experience their hard-earned successes as well as their failures.

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Tech-wise these photos were made with my camera in an underwater housing that my friend Trevor was kind enough to loan me on short notice. It’s basically a heavy duty plastic bag that goes around the $4,500 camera so you can dunk it under the water. Luckily, no leaks whatsoever.

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The only thing wrong with the Novices in Nature premise as I see it now is that it isn’t really a newspaper article. This is a TV show. There were so many hilarious moments that I couldn’t capture working solo in the water. Having to drive 50 miles away, twice, to cover a plane crash also impacted the coverage. To do this right we should have two videographers (one on each writer) and two sound people working booms. And since this is a fantasy Christmas list, we need at least a week to edit the final, twenty-minute piece. I’m telling you, this would be a great TV show. Maggie and Roxana, get an agent.

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Green River , Utah

Whitehorse v Green River

Whitehorse vs. Green River girls high school basketball. Green River wins. 12.21.2005

Whitehorse vs. Green River girls high school basketball. Green River wins. 12.21.2005

Green River , Utah

Dinosaur Dig

Dig site where rock-hound Larry Walker found the remains of a new vegetarian dinosaur.

Dig site where rock-hound Larry Walker found the remains of a new vegetarian dinosaur.
Dig site where rock-hound Larry Walker found the remains of a new vegetarian dinosaur.
Dig site where rock-hound Larry Walker found the remains of a new vegetarian dinosaur.
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