Way of Life

IMG_0054Blaine Peetso is a mill worker in Northern Alberta and a self-described daydreamer. With a penchant for the outdoors and for photography, he created The Borealist blog as an excuse to capture images of his part of the world and to rearrange the alphabet as he sees fit. Follow Blaine as he finds a particular kind of beauty in his own backyard on a late Autumn grouse hunt. There are no mountain peaks on the horizon. No crystal clear rivers. No desert vistas or shore front beaches. It's just prairie parkland and boreal forest. All evergreen stands and dense aspen thickets full of thorns and tangled underbrush, with stunted black spruce and muskeg mingled in. The only break in the landscape are ...Read More
_DSC0027_KJOS_cmykWhile most serious upland hunters wouldn’t think of leaving their dogs at home, sometimes opportunities to hunt good land (or between big trips) are lost.  Plenty of other hunters may want to tackle upland birds but don’t have dogs, but that’s no reason to stay home.Words by David S. Lewis.Photos by Lee Kjos.While it may seem counter-intuitive, our hunting techniques can actually suffer when dogs are involved.  Rather than being focused on the hunt, we often spend time with rusty or unfinished dogs that didn’t get the pre-season time they needed so, instead of hunting, we’re checking the GPS or signaling to unresponsive beasts with no idea what they’re supposed to be doing. We also tend to r...Read More
McElroy_Nich_Hance_Filson-3Nich Hance McElroy is a photographer based in Vancouver, BC. Since 2010 he's owned and operated a small scale sheep shearing business in Western Washington, which takes him - along with his sheepdog, Finn -- from the Canadian Border to the Key Peninsula, and from the San Juan Islands to the crest of the Cascades. Beginning in the second week of September I travel to Washington with my sheepdog for shearing work. While most sheep are sheared once a year in the spring, certain breeds require a second shearing in the fall. These so-called "primitive" breeds have dense, double coats that often mat in wet weather, effectively forming a layer of felt, which compromises the utility of their fleeces...Read More
10194267855_ef9a0bd65a_b‘In Your Words’ explores the incredible stories we’ve received from Filson fans across the globe.  Send us your own experiences with our clothing or product here for a chance to be featured on the Filson Life blog.  Matthew Graham remembers his family story with the help of a Filson Mackinaw Cruiser.“What kind of jacket should I get,” I asked my dad.“That’s easy,” he said, standing and walking to the coat hooks in the mud room. “I’ll show you.”I was a professional at this point in my life – a cop, newly minted, eager to make a difference – and wanting a really good jacket. I had no idea what I wanted, but I did know that I wanted something that would last, something that I could count on thr...Read More
FilsonLife_Lookouts-2.jpgKyle Johnson is a 29 year old editorial and commercial photographer hailing from the Pacific Northwest. He strives to create images that are intriguing and classically executed. Kyle’s aesthetic pairs textured natural settings with a distinct photographic perspective. This is the second post in a series on the exploration of the 92 lookout towers that remain standing in Washington State. Shot entirely with medium format film, Kyle has set out to capture the experience of hiking to these lingering giants, as well as documenting the scenic views and people he meets along the way. Pictured here, trips to Mt. Pilchuck Lookout, Winchester Mountain Lookout, Park Butte Lookout & more. Find part one...Read More
New Zealand

As a talented travel photographer, Mikael Kennedy is always on the go, escaping from the clamor of New York City to calmer ground with his Filson gear and camera. In November, Mikael will be releasing 100 signed and numbered books exclusively through his website, featuring photographs dedicated to the allure of the road.

"I saw him once. I was tearing down that 101,alone, as the rain pounded the road.Banks of fog crashing against the coast.Could’ve been anywhere between Crescent City and Halfmoon Bay. He stood on the guard rail, shrouded by the water on my windshield, spread his arms wide, seeming to grow taller than the trees,

The wind driving against the dark wings of his poncho, silently he...

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1fJohn Ludlam is a medium format analog photographer currently residing in Denver, Colorado. Two years ago, he started processing and printing his own photos in the darkroom and hasn't gone back to digital since. He loves photographing anything and everything, but especially those people who enjoy traditional or artisan processes.Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed spending time on the banks of the river while my dad went fly fishing.There is something healing about the sounds, smells and feelings that a river gives.  Naturally, as I got older I took more and more interest in spending time fly fishing rather than exploring the waters edge as I did when I was younger.  When I fish ...Read More
Dancing Signorina Mushroom  舞茸 (Grifola frondosa) Bear Cave PlaceJonathan Levitt lives on an acreage near the village of Ducktrap, Maine. There, in Ducktrap, and on the islands of Penobscot Bay, early fall is the time of the mushroom harvest. The Trumpet of Death, The Dancing Signorina, The Pollo of the Woods, The Bear's Head, The Little Red Fox -- all of the wonderful mushrooms.Anvil - Spruce Tips (Picea rubens) - tonewood - Schoodic - Appodumken PlaceBedabedec Apple PlaceComeuppance - Linesider Pimp Fish (Morone saxatilis) Place.Ducktrap Jacknife clam (ensis directus) Megalodon Place.Glenna - Mosquito Head - Reindeer Lichen (Cladonia rangiferina) Place.Going Greening - Little Red Fox Mushroom - (Cantharellus cibarius) Place.Grass About The Bows - Mosquito Head Heeler Dog - Mosquito Head.Hedgelingpig mushroom (hydnum repandum) - red squirell food - Deep Moss Place.Illustrated Bather - Headless Horseman Fish (Scomber Scombrus)  PlaceIndian Summer Swimmer -  Saltwater Quarry Place.KUW, the ripening - blackberry (rubus fruticosis) red when green + white pine (pinus strobus) - Ducktrap Place.Mosquito Head - Wall Filler Moss (sphagnum flexuosum) Mermaid Place.Mosquito Head Heeler Dog - Usnea Place.Ronan Frock Hook.schoodic head- first blueberries.Schoodic Mermaid Place.trumpets of death (craterellus cornucopioides) ducktrap antler place.Bat Mummy in a jar - Rain House - Bedabedec Apple Place.
mesquite treesS. J. Dahlstrom is a writer based in West Texas and an author of fiction for young readers. A lover of the outdoors and a sportsman, he began to notice a worrisome trend in the "adventure" novels that were being released for children, set indoors, in cities, or in fantasy world's beyond our own. Determined to share his love for the outdoors with his own children -- as well as future generations -- S.J. set out to write a series of stories set in the real wild.I want to raise kids built like Filson – tough, refined and comfortable in the outdoors.Call me simple or old-fashioned but those qualities have a lot of value to me. As soon as my boys, and girls, can fit into them, they will all wear ...Read More
18tetons1Halley Roberts is a photographer based in Portland, Oregon. No stranger to the outdoors and to travel, Halley and her mother Bobbe Besold took to the road -- revisiting one of their favorite family traditions.When I was five years old, my mother Bobbe plopped me, my books, The Talking Heads, Paul Simon and our stuff into our blue Toyota pickup truck and we drove to Zion. Since then we’ve driven across the country several times, to Canada, New York, California and Portland. Now we’re driving the continental divide, I’ll be 28 in three days, she’ll be 63 in three months.Saturday | Bobbe: We start out from Portland, following the Columbia River. Eagles. Ravens. Hawks. Waterfalls. As we get furt...Read More
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