As a Missoula, Montana based landscape and wildlife photographer, I am constantly amazed at the rapid pace of seasonal changes. Montana enjoys four distinct seasons — each with its own range of color and texture, and each with its own special “events.” Summer in the west boasts gorgeous floral blossoms, raging rivers, and massive wildfires. Fall ushers in red apple trees and golden Rocky Mountain Maple leaves lining neighborhood streets.
Now winter is upon us and my lens again shifts. I see freezing streams and rivers, white capped mountain peaks, and frost covered grassy fields. When I explore the mountains of Western Montana, I spot wildlife – elk bugling, owls spying, and wild horses huddled together in mountain meadows. I try to capture as many of these images as I can — for they truly epitomize the natural winter world of the west. I also know that as soon as I get used to them, the season will change and they’ll be gone — traded in by mother nature until next year.