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The Snake River Discovered, coffee table book project is a photographic exploration of the 1200 mile length of the American West’s largest and one of its most dramatic rivers.
Following the Snake from its source in Yellowstone National Park to its confluence with the Columbia River in Washington State, Kirk Anderson chases the elusive elements of light, weather, and seasons through 4 states over 4 years.
From its Wyoming origins in Yellowstone, followed by the dramatic backdrop of the Teton Mountain Range in Teton National Forest, the river skirts by 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 America’s deepest gorge, Hell’s Canyon, where accessibility is mostly limited to boat or aircraft.
After emerging from Hell’s Canyon’s rugged landscape at the shared port of Lewiston, Idaho / Clarkston, Washington the river turns west through the rolling agricultural bread basket of Washington State’s Palouse area, where it eventually joins the Columbia River at Tri-Cities, Washington.
Not only does Kirk explore the Snake’s beauty along its banks, but also via airplane, helicopters, rafts and boats in his quest to truly discover unique angles of view and inaccessible areas.