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.
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
Here’s where you can view and read more about our 2015 cover selections.
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.
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:
We’ve got much more of Montana to see in our May/June issue – out now!
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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).