End of Autumn


Autumn isn’t quite over yet but each weekend more leaves have fallen and the snow has crept lower down on the mountains.

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The colors are still beautiful!

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I love the variety of hues and how the light can change the color from one moment to the next.

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The animals are out getting their last good feeds before the harshness and scarcity of winter comes. I love this next shot of a fearless little pronghorn buck his horns just beginning to bud. He stood his ground while I photographed him crossing the road.

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Lots of deer out and about too.

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I love getting up with the sun and getting out on the road such a peaceful time of day and the quiet and solitude of nature is great for soul and restful for the mind.

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Adventure Cruisin


My early morning drive from Havre Montana out to the Sweetgrass Hills near Whitlash, Montana. I was up with the sun

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Cruised down to Fresno Resevoir which was still frozen except around the edges!

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Some cliff swallows had made a nest under the picnic shelter where I shooting some of the photos. I suppose that makes them shelter swallows but that makes them sound like the poor birds are underprivileged.

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Kremlin Montana

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Skyscraper Kremlin, Montana style

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Kremlin also gets credit for having the 2nd best piece or yard art for the day, this van rocks, I always wondered what happened to the Mystery Machine after Scoobey Doo went off the air ;D

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Other town signs the one for the little town of Rudyard always makes me laugh.

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Best “yard art” of the day goes to Rudyard

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The Sugar Shak Diner in Chester, its an awesome town I will do a photo blog on it one day soon, so I will just include this one pic of the town.

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The rest of the pics are taken on the gravel roads that head north from Chester to the boarder post of Whitlash Mt. I didnt make it that far today but I did get to the edge of the Sweetgrass Hills near the old one room Hill schoolhouse and the homesteader house nearby a beautiful setting for a home or schoolhouse in the valley at the feet of the Sweetgrass even the antelope in one shot seemed to be checking out the view.

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And one final pic…Zombie Dinasour Terror of the High Plains!!!!!!!!!!!

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Why I love Montana and the West


It was only natural that I would end up in Montana and loving it. I grew up watching National Geographic, reading Louis LaMour books, and being a student of history. All of the things that I loved growing up I am able to live out as an adult. Rivers like the Missouri, the Platte,the Cimmaron, the Red, that I read about in the western novels I’ve crossed myself. I have stood at discovery point where Lewis and Clark camped at the junction of the Marias and Missouri to decide which river was the Missouri. I remember memorizing Chief Josephs speech in school “….From where the sun stands now, I will fight no more forever. The place where he made that speech is 30 minutes from my house. I have walked across the mighty Missouri, can take a ferry across it and seen the place near the little bighorn where on the lonely greasy grass where Custer rode to his destiny.  I remember watching National Geographic specials on Yellowstone and I have been able to go there. I have seen the herds of elk and buffalo the deer and the coyotes and seen the geysers. I love that 10 minutes in any direction from my house I am out on the high plains of Montana with the mountians off in the distance and have a chance to see deer,elk,antelope,mountian lions. That I can still see cowboys and cowgirls riding there herds or farmers running a combine long after sunset.  I GET TO LIVE EVERYDAY WHAT MOST PEOPLE ONLY EXPERIENCE BY WATCHING THE HISTORY OR DISCOVERY CHANNELS.