In Your Words

Motherhood: Hilary Anderson

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Hilary Anderson is a wildlife biologist who has been running the range-riding program in Montana's Tom Miner Basin since 2013. She's a rancher and a mother, raising her four children amid the natural beauty and responsibilities of the ranching life. We asked her to descibe, in her words, what it means to be a mother. This is what she had to say.

I have had a lot of great adventures. I have climbed high mountains and come back blistered and bleeding and proud. I have followed wolves through the forest in negative 20 degrees and smiled at the wonder of them. I have weathered the rain and the wind and a hundred mosquitos biting every exposed bit of skin moving hundreds of cows across the valley....Read More

Motherhood: Jackie Three Irons

Jackie sitting on the porch with her daughter
Jackie Three Irons is an enrolled member of the Crow Tribe of Montana. She and her family reside just outside of Crow Agency, Montana near the town of Hardin. We asked her to descibe, in her words, what it means to be a mother. This is what she had to say.

When I sit in calm silence and I watch my children and my grandchild in peaceful reflection, I remember my teachings from my Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers. They perfected the meaning of “Mother.”  These women were strong, resilient, prayerful women who held strong to their cultures, their heritage and to prayer.  They taught their children daily over decades how to be respectful and productive people, and for this I have put forth my ...

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Motherhood: Jane Golliher

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Jane Golliher is a third generation rancher born and raised in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She and her husband Grant own and run the Diamond Cross Ranch in Teton county where they have raised three children. We asked her to descibe, in her words, what it means to be a mother. This is what she had to say.

Motherhood is something you don’t really understand until you are one. And then suddenly you find yourself so in love with the special child or children that have been gifted to you to love, steward, disciple and dream with for a few short years.

old photographs of Jane's mother on a tack board
Children grow so fast and change quickly, and then one day, they are adults. The great news is they are still your children, and they become your friends,...Read More

Jon Wipfli: Cooking from the Bog

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Minneapolis-based chef and outdoorsmen Jon Wipfli spends most of his time cooking food around the city, writing or in the woods looking for critters. His passion for hunting and cooking wild game takes him to some unconventional places. On the latest Filson Life, Jon shares his experience hosting guests to a locally sourced meal on a Wisconsin cranberry bog.

The answer is yes. Of course, I’ll create a four-course October meal on a cranberry theme, with a wild game emphasis, using a smoker and a grill. And yes, I’d be happy to prepare and serve the meal—for 24 guests—next to a Wisconsin cranberry bog.

Partly I say yes because nothing good comes easy, and I like it that way. Partly I say yes bec...

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When a wildfire erupts, Californian photojournalist Stuart Palley runs towards the blaze, not away. With an unbending eagerness for capturing the lives of those who protect and maintain our forests, the photographer makes daring and captivating imagery of an experience few will ever face. Below, follow Stuart in to the flames.

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Forest fires, brush fires, wildfires, in the wilderness and on the border of cities. From the hills of Lake County in the northern California to the US-Mexico border, if there’s a large fire, odds are I’m making pictures of it, documenting the drought and climate in the American West. I prefer to work at night, when there’s less media around, and I can work with the st...Read More
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