Rattlesnake Wilderness, Missoula, Montana

The Rattlesnake Wilderness is a Special Place

I spend a great deal of time wandering around the Rattlesnake Wilderness just northeast of Missoula, Montana.  Many of my favorite images have been taken there.

During every season, people flock to this natural playground for trail running, hiking, horseback riding, backpacking, skiing, fishing, and hunting. Breathtaking sites abound, so it’s no wonder that it’s a recreation destination for so many nature lovers.  It is, of course, also host to a plethora of deer, black bears, big horn sheep, elk, coyotes, mountain lions, and moose, alongside countless varieties of birds.

The U-shaped Rattlesnake Wilderness basin is fed by over 50 small creeks running throughout the area, which is also home to Lodgepole Pine, Fir, Ponderosa Pine, and Spruce trees, as well as the more than 30 small glacial lakes.

Several of the images included in my Landscape Gallery capture the rolling Rattlesnake Creek, with moss, stones, and crisp mountain water rushing past (as it gushes down from the Rattlesnake Wilderness).  I have taken some liberty in experimenting with color and texture in the digital format, which I think only highlights the magical nature of these photographs.  I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do.

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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