~Rivers and Streams~ - rhutch

Randy Hutchison

I've been passionate about photography ever since I picked up my first camera over thirty years ago. I grew up in Port Angeles Washington on the Olympic Peninsula, a place of rugged beauty where Mother Nature certainly created a winning recipe.

I call Coeur D Alene Idaho home now. I enjoy spending my spare time in the natural world exploring wilderness areas through camping and hiking. I've hiked to remote areas and slept in less than ideal conditions throughout each season of the year.

The Northwest is a richly diverse wilderness area. There are magnificent rain drenched forests, treeless desert lands, majestic mountains and whitewater rivers in a landscape as beautiful and prolific as an artist's painting.

It's always difficult to pick out my all-time favorite images. More often than not I fail to convey the beauty of this area. A few times a year those serendipitous moments come together; however, it's the emotion I feel while exploring that is just as important as the image itself.

My personal favorites gallery contains twenty of "my" favorites. They are in no particular order of preference. They could and probably will change on any given day. Below each image is a story. Some are quite different from one another and require a different mindset and approach.

In many ways the views I share look much today as they did when I first discovered the forests and mountains growing up. When I'm out exploring I enjoy the quiet harmony spent with nature. It's a time to reflect about my childhood memories and the unforgettable days spent exploring the Northwest. Each time I return, it's like visiting an old friend.

The 21st century has produced a world of conflicting visions, stress, and time pressure. At times it seems that opportunities for grasping life's adventures have faded as demands on our lives have increased.

Most likely the reason you are browsing my site is that you feel a connection with the outdoors much like I do. Hopefully my photographs will encourage you in a small way to get out and explore the area that you call home.


You can reach me at (208) 676-6606 or

Email randyfhutchison@gmail.com

Thanks for stopping by,

- Randy
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~Curly Creek Falls~

~Curly Creek Falls~

A waterfall with a natural arch spanning its face is something that not many people will see in their lifetimes. Fortunately, here in Washington, we are privileged to have one in our backyard (the next closest being in Wyoming). Curly Creek Falls, in fact, has two natural arches spanning the falls; possibly one of only a handful on the entire planet able to make that claim.

The last time I photographed Curly Creek Falls was 2003. The lighting was harsh and contrasty at that time, not the best for photography. On this visit in June 2010 the lighting was superb. I waited seven years to pay the falls a visit, and Mother Nature certainly blessed me.

On a side note. I returned four months later in October, and the falls were bone dry. I also saw only one arch, and am guessing that the lower arch has broken off, which I didn't see in June due to the volume of water crashing over the top.