Gold West Country-The Beginning

I was driving around Historic Uptown Butte chasing the end-of-the-day light. Every time I would stop and take my camera out the sun would hide beneath the clouds. My first stop was the Mt. Con Mine–the sun went away. The next was the Granite Mountain Memorial–the sun went away. Finally I approached Walkerville and turned to the West. I hopped out of my car and the sun shone brightly.

It started raining.

Rather than starting to take photographs, I stood there basking in the bright, warm-colored sun with rain drops hitting my arms and camera, thinking to myself,

“Wow. I’m one of the luckiest people. This is my job, and I love it.”

It was a great way to start this three-week project of photographing the Gold West, which is the SouthWestern area of Montana including the Helena, Butte, Deer Lodge, Anaconda and Dillon areas.

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