Living the country life isn’t always as easy as it seems but for twenty-one-year-old Michael Piper, he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Piper is life long resident of Stonyford.
“Living here is different in many ways from other Colusa County towns. We don’t have stores at every corner and no matter what you do, you’re a good 30-minute drive from anything,” said Piper.
Piper, a second-year firefighter for the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, followed in his father’s footsteps.
“Growing up with my dad working in the Forest Service influenced my decision on what I wanted to do when I was growing up,” said Piper. “When the time came, I applied and was accepted. It is one of the most rewarding jobs I think anyone could have.”
In addition to fighting fires, Piper is on his way to being a well-known photographer for aviation services.
“I started photography just for fun, something to pass the time,” he said.
Last June, Piper sent a photo to ‘Heliweb Magazine’ and it was published. Since then his photos have been published in multiple magazines, including; Helicops and Skies magazine.
“I have earned respect from top photographers in Aviation Photography,” said Piper. “Lately, I have done photos for Enloe Flightcare and Air Spray Airtankers out of Chico.”
Piper’s demanding occupation and photography doesn’t permit for a lot of extra time.
“I haven’t been to a county event in awhile but if I had to pick one, the Maxwell Rodeo would be my choice,” said Piper. ■