We were headed south along the winding Salmon River en route to Stanley, Idaho, when we caught our first glimpse of the peaks of the Sawtooth Mountains. A few bends in the road later and we were entering Lower Stanley, which offered a full view of the mountains, the river, and the valley.
It is these moments that, in Idaho, come frequently but leave one speechless. It is difficult to find words that describe the beauty of Idaho. Fortunately, photographer Matt Leidecker, takes the work out of finding those perfect words. His images of Idaho capture the states incredible beauty perfectly. Living in Sun Valley, Matt is in an ideal location to capture some of Idaho’s most beautiful places.
The Middle Fork of the Salmon, which is a popular multi-day rafting trip that takes visitors 100 miles from start to finish, is where Matt first began his photography career. Working as a river guide he considered the canyon a secondary place to call “home”. An avid adventurer, he loved to explore new hikes and found many scenic views over-looking the river. He currently has two publications about the Middle Fork of the Salmon: a guidebook and a photo journal called “Impassable Canyon”. Both are tributes to the enormous amount of knowledge of this area Matt has obtained through his continuous exploration of the river canyon.
Below: Matt exploring a high-country lake in the Sawtooths.
Off the river, Matt is well known for capturing fabulous shots of the nearby Sawtooth Mountains as well as various peaks around the Sun Valley area. When he’s not photographing the natural landscapes of Idaho, Matt is often hired as a wedding photographer. He’s currently working on a new comprehensive guidebook to the Sawtooth Mountains that should be out by July 1, 2012.
For those floating the Middle Fork of the Salmon make sure you pick up a copy of Matt’s guidebook to the river canyon. It’s available at Riverwear in Stanley and also online at Matt’s website, www.mattlphoto.com. He can also be reached at 208-720-4712 or firstname.lastname@example.org.