Big Sky Country. There is nothing like it. I just came back from Kalispell in the north western part of the state to visit my long time friend, Joan Hodgeboom, who owns The Quilt Gallery there. I have been there many times and I love it. Seeing Joan is always a treat because we go into a frenzy of making things in her studio which overlooks the forest and the mountains. Her husband Fred retired from the Forest Service and has a passion for geology as does Joan so we spend time enjoying the majestic scenery and watching wild life as well.. I am not the best photographer but I think I had some good luck here.
Besides these stately elk who seemed content to be admired at a very short distance, we saw hawks, a Pilliated and a Downy woodpecker, dainty Canadian sparrows, wild turkeys that the dogs barked into flight, geese and a flock of swans. Joan and Fred attract the birds with suet and seeds so we could watch them out the window with our breakfast.