Lambing Season is Hard Work for Ranchers

Last weekend I visited with a ranching family near Fort Shaw and they said they were getting ready to start lambing, probably this week. Right away I set up a time to visit and get some photos.    We had periodic snow throughout the week but, for the most part, everything that fell in Great Falls melted. I kept thinking about how those little lambs would react to cooler weather though. As I drove south … Read more

Birds, Birds, Birds at Freezout Lake WMA

Spring snow goose migration is underway and Central Montana has amazing opportunities to see huge quantities of birds – right now! I drove up to Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area between Fairfield and Choteau late yesterday afternoon. It’s an odd spelling on the WMA name, but that’s another story! From Great Falls to Fairfield is about a 35 minute drive for me and well worth the time. Last spring I also went up to see … Read more

It’s Called Art In Action

The Russell Museum’s Art In Action event is, in my opinion, one of the most fun events during Great Falls’ western art week. That could be because it is casual or it could be the chance to interact with the artists. This year there were 22 artists participating in Art In Action held at the Meadowlark Country Club in Great Falls. The floor is covered with plastic to avoid any paint spills and artists and … Read more

Record Breaking Russell Art Auction

This past weekend saw a record-breaking bid for the Russell Museum’s annual event titled The Russell: An Exhibition and Sale to Benefit the C. M. Russell Museum. Long title, outstanding event! This multi-day event was the catalyst for what has become Western Art Week in Great Falls, Montana. You could literally devote four days and evenings viewing a variety of art – variety in styles, media and price range. Several hotels have art displayed in … Read more

Western Art Week was My First Stop

This weekend I was at the Great Western Living and Design show in Great Falls and I stopped to visit with Tom Marinkovich at his booth there. Tom teaches art for Box Elder schools located on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation and is a talented artist in several different mediums. In addition to having his own booth at this show, he organized a bus of school kids from Rocky Boy to come to Great Falls … Read more

Learning Central Montana Geology

A few years ago Montana’s First Lady, Nancy Schweitzer, began a campaign to educate locals and visitors about our unique geology. I’m still learning, slowly but surely! My latest experience was on MT Hwy 80 between Fort Benton and Denton. I’ve driven this route quite a few times and I must say, it is vastly different than US Hwy 87 which runs almost parallel about 25 miles south. There are two prominent features on MT … Read more