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Dishman Hills: The perfect spot for Kipton’s amazing adventure

    It’s no secret I love Dishman Hills. Bella and I are there just about every other week.

    The entire Dishman Hills Conservancy Area covers about 500 acres and features some of our favorite hikes near me: the Dishman Hills Natural Area, just off Appleway in Spokane Valley; Iller Creek, which we did for the first time last spring; and one of our very special favorites, the Rocks of Sharon, which connects to Iller Creek at the Stevens Creek trailhead.

    It was with a great sense of glee that I convinced Lysbeth and Kipton to join me and Bella for a jaunt around the Dishman Hills Natural Area.

    heeler mix in the woods at Dishman Hills

    The mushy trails of Dishman Hills

    We haven’t really had much of a winter here in the Inland Northwest. We got a blast of snow in October, another on Christmas Day and then one more last week.

    (Oh don’t worry, I’m bracing for at least one more before the end of March.)

    We’ve had gorgeous spring-like weather to start the month off. Our Adventure Day session with Lysbeth and Kipton featured warm sun and a light breeze.

    And lots of mud.

    Lots and lots of mud.

    The trails were mushy and slippery in some spots but we trudged on, stopping at strategic spots for incredible images of Kipton’s adventure.

    adventure day session at Dishman Hills

    Can you even with these two?

    The color of spring

    I could never build as perfect a studio as Mother Nature gives me every day.

    I love to honor her work by keeping her colors as true as possible and that includes green. Man, do I love a beautiful backdrop of green forest with some brilliant blue skies.

    eagle peak at dishman hills natural area

    I’m made doubly fortunate by Lysbeth’s work as a model. That girl knows how to pose!

    All around the circle

    Green is the topic of conversation for this week’s blog circle but first, more images of Lysbeth and Kipton.

    And just one more.

    The sweetest thing.

    My superpower.

    The Magic Moment.

    sweet moment between a girl and her dog

    Whew. That’s love.

    Lysbeth even asked me on our hike if it was weird that Kipton is the most important being in her world, that he is who she wants to spend her time with.

    You won’t be shocked to hear my answer was “OH HELL NO.”

    Now let’s leap off into the great big world and see how my pet photographer friends chose to show us green. Let’s head just a wee bit south of here.

    Start with family and pet portraits with husband and wife team Danyel and Mike Rogers at Wag to my Heart Studio, serving Hillsboro and the greater Portland Metro area.

    Click the blog circle link at the bottom of their post and go on a journey of pet photographers around the world. When you get back here to Kipton’s amazing adventure at Dishman Hills, you know you’re home.

    Right where you belong.

    But wait …

    Oh right, I’m not done yet.

    Today launches registration for the Paws of the Panhandle, a coffee-table photobook celebrating the pet-human connection of North Idaho.

    Sessions to be in the book are going to run April through June and there are only 40 spots available. At $125, it’s a steal! Better yet, $75 is going to the Better Together Animal Alliance, which stole me up to Sandpoint in December for a day of sessions to create images for their new website.

    Wait still … it gets better.

    EzyDog, one of my favorite pet supply companies, is co-sponsoring the event. So we’re offering five Adventure Day sessions at $300 with $200 going to the Better Together nonprofit. EzyDog is matching the donation and providing each of the Adventure Day sessions with EzyDog swag they can keep.

    Your images may appear in the EzyDog social media feed, in addition to being in the book.

    Do. Not. Wait. I have a funny feeling these sessions are going to go fast.

    Be a part of the first edition of the Paws of series. (Oh yes, I’m already planning more.)

    get your spot


    Dogs. Adventure. Outdoors. These words set Angela's heart afire. Angela Schneider, an award-winning writer and dog photographer, documents the story of you and your dog and the adventures you take together. Your portraits will be a statement piece in your home, art that will make your friends and family beg to hear its story.

    4 thoughts on “Dishman Hills: The perfect spot for Kipton’s amazing adventure”

    1. I literally just bought a pair of boots yesterday that were highly recommended by a woman who wears them to muck her horse stalls. I’m getting ready to spend some time in some muddy fields. This location is gorgeous. I can see why you love it!

      1. A few months ago, I bought a pair of duck boots to get ready for spring season. I thought, ‘oh, that’s so 1980s of me.” I don’t think I ever owned a pair when I was a kid, though. I’ll have to rock them for some behind-the-scenes footage. They would have come in handy at Dishman Hills this week.

    2. You make me want to be a hiker seeing all these lovely images. Our session last weekend was a complete mud fest. My trusty assistant almost went into the mud a few times. I always say if you fall. I’ll get the shot and then help. hee hee Great job lovely.

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