• Grand Prismatic spring from the sky. Photo by Tom Murphy

    Mapping magma in the Sept/Oct issue out this week

    You’ve probably heard of the supervolanco that lives under Yellowstone National Park. Researchers recently discovered it contains 2.5 times more magma the previously thought and reported their findings in a study released just as a swarm of small earthquakes hit the park. But is it a thing to fear? We’ll tell you in the September/October issue of Montana Magazine.

    Our cover image, by Tom Murphy, is a shot of some of the mystical and almost other worldly geological features created around Yellowstone by the supervolcano and volcanism of the past.

    Writer Jack Ballard writes about how scientists map magma and catalog quakes in his great story about the supervolcano.

    Funny enough, our other Yellowstone-focused story takes a look at one of the most gentle creatures inside the park. As writer Corinne Garcia tells us, an artist with a love for winged bugs is helping hoards of park visitors learn more about butterflies.

    Spoiler alert: There are a lot of butterflies inside Yellowstone.

    An autumn morning looking south from the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Cathie and Gordon Sullivan

    An autumn morning looking south from the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Cathie and Gordon Sullivan

    You’ll also need to see the spread of gorgeous photos by Cathie and Gordon Sullivan, who are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and Sen. Lee Metcalf’s role in its passage with their “In the Name of Nature” Portfolio.

    That’s accompanied by a another great story by Jack Ballard about how the lands protected by the Wilderness Act continue to draw tourists and support Montana outdoor-based businesses.

    As always – we hope you enjoy our most recent issue.

    - Jenna

     

  • Photo by Jason Savage

    What’s your best bison story?

    Yellowstone National Park is, of course, a place where many buffalo roam. So before we debut our Sept/Oct issue that includes several stories from the park, we asked our friends on Facebook to tell us their best Yellowstone bison story. Here’s what a couple had to say:

    Teri Garrison: I was roaming the boardwalk near Old Faithful when this beautiful creature wandered up and past. I stood mesmerized as it ambled just feet away from me.

    Photo by Teri Garrison

    Photo by Teri Garrison

    Shanna Mae Swanson: One fall I had planned a camping trip in Yellowstone with a few photographer friends of mine. I left super early to get into the park during sunrise and had made it to the Midway Geyser Basin area just after sunrise. Before I arrived at the parking area, I had noticed a herd of buffalo in the geyser area and thought it would be pretty cool to stop and photograph them. Once I was in the parking area, I set all of my photo gear on the hood of my car to get everything organized. All of the sudden a buffalo came through the trees right in front of my car, and then another and another. The herd of buffalo were stampeding into the parking lot. When I saw the first buffalo I ran to the back of my car (because I had locked my car) and laid up against the trunk to stay out of the way, leaving all of my camera gear on the hood of my car. Here I was in the middle of a herd of bison without a camera and a hundred tourists on the other side of the parking lot taking photos of the bison and of me lying on my car. It was definitely a crazy moment and an experience I will never forget.

    To share your answer and pictures, or read more of what our friends had to say, find us on Facebook. We’ll also have some stories in the Sept/Oct issue – out soon.

    You can also email stories and photos to editor@montanamagazine.com.

    Also, look out for more Fan Feedback questions at fb.com/montanamagazine.

    - Jenna

  • Survey says Montana home to 2 top national parks

    You probably saw this online poll making the social media rounds in the past couple weeks, asking people to vote for the nation’s best national park.

    Easy choice right?!? Well there are two easy choices for most Montanans…

    There was a good campaign and showing coming out of Montana, and our national parks earned the No. 2 (Glacier National Park) and No. 3 (Yellowstone National Park)spots.

    I think we can all agree it should’ve been a tie for first, with Glacier and Yellowstone at the top. But it was Maine’s Acadia National Park that took the No. 1 spot.

    Still, pretty good showing for MT. And in case this  makes you want to go and see the parks, we have a great suggestion on the best way to take in the scenery.

    Writer Ednor Therriault wrote a great feature in our July/August issue about the iconic red and yellow buses the operate inside Glacier and Yellowstone. It really is a fun story. And even if you’ve seen the parks, Ednor says you’re missing out if you haven’t seen them in a bus.

    Enjoy!

    - Jenna 

     

  • November-December issue out now!

    Alice Greenough Orr takes on a bucking bronco. Photo courtesy of Cascade County Historical Society

    We’re excited to share the final issue of 2013 with everyone. It was mailed from the printers Oct. 27 and the should soon (if it’s not already) arrive in subscribers’ mailboxes.

    We chose photographer Jason Savage’s epic shot of a snowy buffalo for the cover. The big guy is standing strong in a storm just outside Yellowstone National Park.

    Jason has a ton of other photos inside the issue as well. You really get to a chance to see how talented he is.

    Along with the cover, our Portfolio features a spread of photos from Jason (the snowy buffalo makes an appearance there too. If you’ve been missing Montana lately, his photos will cure your blues.

    Also inside the issue, we’ve got the story of Marvin Camel, a boxing champ who grew up in the Mission Valley and goes on to become the first Native American world boxing champion.

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