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    Our cover shot story: Windmill in the Montana sunset

    Our cover images are the capstone of each issue, the photo introduction that grabs readers and pulls them in.

    It’s a intricate process to pick just the right picture each issue. But once the right one comes across our screens, it’s an easy decision.

    We’re honored to have Kurt Wilson’s image of a water pumping windmill for the July/Aug. 2015 issue. It’s an idyllic symbol of Montana’s homesteading era, is silhouetted against a summer sunset in Broadus.

    But how did Wilson set himself up to get the shot? In a sentence, it’s about taking the time to experience Montana. 

    • See all the stories from the July/Aug. 2015 issue here

    Wilson’s work has taken him down every paved road in Montana and across thousands of miles of dirt, gravel and gumbo.

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    He shot our cover image in the summer of 2014 while on a photographic project that took him to every corner of the state.

    In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Montana becoming a territory, Missoulian photography editor Kurt Wilson followed the trail of Montana’s roadside historical markers throughout the state. Here is the complete collection of photographs he made during one-week trips through six regions of the state beginning in April and ending in October.

    • See the entire Roadside Wanderings project here 
    The May/June 2015 cover by Chris McGowan

    The May/June 2015 cover by Chris McGowan

    Here’s where you can view and read more about our 2015 cover selections.

    Jenna

  • Photo by Tom Bauer

    Top reader photos: A salute to Montana

    They’ve done it once again. Our readers are experts at capturing Montana at its best.

    And in this edition of our top reader photos, we’ve got some wonderfully beautiful Montana summertime scenes.

    There’s a few sunsets, of course. And some beautiful bloom, too.

    Scroll down to enjoy. 

    Blooms and bees in Helena. Photo by Terri Garrison-Kinsman

    Blooms and bees in Helena. Photo by Terri Garrison-Kinsman

     

    The Northern Lights near Broadview. Photo by Gary Luce

    The Northern Lights near Broadview. Photo by Gary Luce

     

    Sawtooth Ridge in the Sun River Wildlife Management Area. Photo by Mark Curtis

    Sawtooth Ridge in the Sun River Wildlife Management Area. Photo by Mark Curtis

     

    A storm south of Billings. Photo by Dave Berry

    A storm south of Billings. Photo by Dave Berry

     

    A Bozeman sunset. Photo by Terri Garrison-Kinsman

    A Bozeman sunset. Photo by Terri Garrison-Kinsman

     

    Jenna

  • Flowers and big river flows: Our top reader photos of the week

    They’ve done it yet again. Our readers never fail to awe us when they share their photos from all across Montana – and this week’s batch of favorite reader photos (shared with us on Facebook) is another great set.

    Without further adieu: Here are the top five readers photos of the week:

    Shooting Stars on Waterworks Hill in the Missoula Valley. Photo by Carol Gauthier

    Shooting Stars on Waterworks Hill in the Missoula Valley. Photo by Carol Gauthier

    Sunset at Wayfarers State Park. Photo by Aaron Theisen Photography

    Sunset at Wayfarers State Park. Photo by Aaron Theisen Photography

    A cowgirl at the recent Sort Pink event, which helps support breast cancer research. Photo by Mark LaRowe Photography

    A cowgirl at the recent Sort Pink event, which helps support breast cancer research. Photo by Mark LaRowe Photography

    Great horn owlets in a tree near the South Fork of the Smith River. Photo by Greg Olmstead

    Great horn owlets in a tree near the South Fork of the Smith River. Photo by Greg Olmstead

    Kootenai River between Libby and Troy. Photo by TheBobFactor.com

    Kootenai River between Libby and Troy. Photo by TheBobFactor.com

    We’ve got much more of Montana to see in our May/June issue – out now!

    Don’t miss a moment. Subscribe today!

    Jenna 

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      A big buck stays close to town during hunting season.

    • glendive lights

      Street lights in downtown Glendive.

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      Exploring a family homestead near Turner.

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      The American Lutheran Church in Hogeland.

    • hungry horse

      Hungry Horse's mascot.

    • lookout tower

      The Seeley Lake Lookout Tower.

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      The Swan Mountains bathed in alpine glow.

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      A two-headed calf on display in the Yellowstone County Museum.

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      Somewhere between Malta and Zortman.

    Instagramming all over the state

    In our never-ending quest to explore every nook and cranny of the great state of Montana, we’ve been having fun growing a diverse Instgram portfolio – and it’s been a lot of fun.

    Take a look at this sampling of images above you’ll find on our Instagram page – where we’ve explored everywhere from Zortman to Swan Lake.

    Follow us, @montanamagazine.com, for more images, links and subscription specials. Do you have awesome pictures of Montana you’d like to share? Send us photos that we can post to editor@montanamagazine.com.

    Want even more Montana? Subscribe today to see some of the best photography the state has to offer.

    Jenna 

     

     

    • Buds above the Flathead River. Photo by Robin K. Hao
    • Spring runoff near Libby. Photo by Natatum Haines

      Spring runoff near Libby. Photo by Natatum Haines

    • Plowing Cooke Pass in early May. Photo by Mike Holt

      Plowing Cooke Pass in early May. Photo by Mike Holt

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      It's getting green in Northwestern Montana. Photo by Robin K. Hao

    • First morel sighting of the season. Photo by Natatum Haines

      First morel sighting of the season. Photo by Natatum Haines

    • Robin eggs are the prettiest blue. Photo by George Tillman Photography

      Robin eggs are the prettiest blue. Photo by George Tillman Photography

    Spring scenes: A photo gallery to help you thaw out

    As Montana continues to thaw out from another cold winter, we thought it’d be nice to share some spring scenes with you, courtesy of our great Facebook friends who continually share their images from across Montana with us.

    A special thanks to Robin K. Hao for the beautiful images of the Flathead River and “Getting Green” in Northwestern Montana; Mike Holt for the image of the Cooke Pass plows; George Tillman for the image of the robin nest; and Natatum Haines for the image of the spring runoff near Libby.

    Enjoy!

    Jenna 

  • Montana slang: Montana photographer puts together an impressive list

    Photographer Todd Klassy is known for the great images he takes across the state.

    Turns out he’s a bit of a scribe, too. Klassy posted a great list of “Montana slang” terms on his website recently. It’s a pretty funny list that anyone who’s spent time in the Big Sky State will appreciate.

    “Montucky” made the list. As did “Moose Drool.”

    The first slang term (listed in alphabetical order) is “A bit nippy out:  20 degrees below zero or colder.” 

    I’ve definitely heard that one before. But there were a lot of terms (“can openers: spurs” or “Chesterfield:  a sofa”) that I hadn’t heard before. 

    Whatever your fluency with Montana slang, it’s a fun list.

    Enjoy!

    – Jenna

     

    • An odd couple on Hauser Lake, by Marcie Rand Galick.

      An odd couple on Hauser Lake, by Marcie Rand Galick.

    • Sleep owl, by Beack Kowgirl.

      Sleep owl, by Beack Kowgirl.

    • A Yellowstone Valley coyote, by Mark LaRowe.
    • A moose wades through Bouchard Lake, by Stephanie Nordberg.

    Readers share their Montana wildlife shots

    Montana wildlife. Two great words.

    And our great Facebook friends have shared some pretty great shots of the Montana wildlife they’ve seen across the state.

    A special thanks to Mark LaRowe (coyote), Beach Kowgirl (owl), Marcie Rand Galick (birds on Hauser Lake)  and Stephanie Nordberg (moose) for sharing these photos with us.

    Enjoy!

    – Jenna

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      Sunset over the Kootenai River. By Yvonne Moe Resch

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      Ice on Holter Dam. By Drew Thomas

    • The road to Ross. By Mark LaRowe

      The road to Ross. By Mark LaRowe

    • An old barn outside Hot Springs. By Robin Hao Gonzalez

      An old barn outside Hot Springs. By Robin Hao Gonzalez

    • Sunset over Mount Vaught in Glacier National Park. By John D. Harwood

      Sunset over Mount Vaught in Glacier National Park. By John D. Harwood

    • Centennial School outside Glendive. By Alisa Doolan

      Centennial School outside Glendive. By Alisa Doolan

    Frosty photos: Readers share winter images from across Montana

    No matter the season in Montana, there always seems to be something beautiful to look at.

    We’ve had quite a few frosty photos submitted to us via our Facebook page recently and thought we’d feature a couple here for you to enjoy on this mid-winter Monday.

    A BIG thanks to our readers for sharing all the beautiful photos, especially Alisa Doolan (Centennial School), Yvonne Moe Resch (Kootenai River), John D. Harwood (Mount Vaught), Drew Thomas (Holter Dam), Robin Hao Gonzalez (Hot Springs barn) and Mark LaRowe (road to Ross).

    – Jenna