“The first thing I remember was the smell of sage and dung. It was very poignant. The second thing was the mosquitoes. There were thousands or millions of them. I thought I had arrived in the prairie when I saw all the hay. A quick search revealed the name of the area was actually the Great Basin because of all the water from the mountains that gathered there. The Great Mosquito Basin in the High Desert, I thought. When I rode my gelding Little Red in the flood irrigated hay field and a swarm of the little buggers rose like smoke clouds all around me, almost blocking the sun that was melting the snow from the rosy red mountaintops in June, I fell in love.

The first time I left, I decided I would come back.”

Karoliina Paatos
This book was shot during six years from 2010 to 2016 in Nevada, Idaho and Oregon.

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