The Ranch House


Ranch House

August 20th, 2008 

It’s been six months since we moved from Colorado to Montana. So far, I love it here. I certainly miss Colorado, but I’m having a blast getting to know “Big Sky” country. I’ve moved from one beautiful place to another beautiful place. I feel a kid in a candy store. Everything truly is bigger here – from the dramatic mountains to the big rivers to the mind-blowing open space. The bears are bigger too (which is a story for another post). The nature photographer part of me is very excited at the prospects of living and shooting in such awe-inspiring country.

While my wife was raised in the area, I’ve had very little experience with Montana during my lifetime. So, I’ve spent the majority of my free time searching for new places to photograph. I’ve already had grand adventures in nearby National Parks – from the Grand Tetons to Yellowstone. Yet, much of my enjoyment comes with the discovery of the more obscure local places. The photo at right reveals one such discovery. This long-abandoned house sits on the forgotten edge of a very large ranch. I discovered it by chance really, while exploring a nearby mountain range. The sweeping emptiness of this place somehow clears my head. In fact, I’ve never seen another human being out here. It’s just a quiet place along a quiet road in the middle of nowhere. It’s great place to sit and watch the clouds roll over the landscape. I make a point to return to this little house with my camera whenever I can … and look forward to photographing it throughout the seasons.

(Prints of this, and other recent photographs are available on my website.) 


One Response

  1. I get to be your first commenter! I love this photo and this place.

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