Bonner Wildfire, Montana 2011

This image was taken during the Bonner fire in fall of 2011, in East Missoula.

Wildfire in the west, and particularly in Montana, is a permanent landscape characteristic, and it is clearly not one to be reckoned with.  Every year, Montanans struggle to deal appropriately with this natural phenomenon – sometimes making every effort to forestall its progression, and sometimes simply letting it go.

This shot, taken from the ground, captured a wildfire that came extremely close to many local homes in the eastern part of Missoula.  The Bonner Fire of 2011 was one that created a great deal of angst for residents, as it took the cooperative effort – among several fire fighting branches and local volunteers – several days to contain the flames. Meanwhile, residents were forced to evacuate their homes in hope that they would remain intact amid the flames.


About the author

My original inspiration for landscape and wildlife photography began in northwestern Wisconsin, where I was raised observing the hilly farm and lake country landscapes. I was drawn to the Rocky Mountains and Montana in the mid 90s, when I relocated to Missoula to pursue photography. I have been fascinated with the land and with photographic opportunity since. I attended the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in 2003 and 2004 and since graduating, have enjoyed incorporating photography into my every day life. I spend virtually all of my spare time outdoors, where the natural world continues to be a source of creative inspiration for me.

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