Western Design: JLF & Associates

Paul Bertelli and his partners carry on an architectural legacy that began three decades ago


Spring and Summer 2009 Round Up

A poke full of newsy nuggets from around the Northern Rockies

Photo by Ellen Spotts

Letter from the Editor: Blending Seasons

The transition of the seasons as noted by nature

Written by Seabring Davis  

Seabring Davis

Other Contributions

Good Country Authentically Western A Home for the Ages Where the Living is Easy Music in the Mountains The Flight of the Hummingbird Living the Dream Integrating Nature Mountain Exposure Eclectic Parkitecture Uniting Color Historic Symmetry The Year Of The Horse A Yellowstone Club Retreat Hearth and Soul Building a Timeless Legacy An Uncommon Cabin in the Woods Timeless Fusion Mountain Tradition A Modern Vision Summer Camp Perfect Harmony Winter Getaway: Red Lodge, Montana Beyond the Cabin A Fine Balance Letter from the Editor: What is art? Dining Out: Holland Lake Lodge, Rustic Wonderful Letter from the Editor: The Secret Weapon Letter from the Editor: Fly Fishing for the Greater Good Western Design: Mountain Zen Western Design: Creekside Contemporary Living Big Sky on HGTV The Spirit of the West in Jackson, Wyoming Letter from the Editor: First Snow Dining Out: The Old Hotel Letter from the Editor: Signs of Summer Letter from the Editor: The Angler’s Sojourn Dining Out: Simply Good Food From the Editor: Hit the Road Making a Statement: Miller Architects Letter from the Editor: Winter’s Toll Letter from the Editor: Evolving Home Dining Out: Comfort Food Western Design: Cowboy Modern Western Design: The Idaho Club Letter from the Editor: Talking Art Dining Out: Conserving Montana One Table at a Time Dining Out: Cosmopolitan Cuisine at TEN Dining Out: Ranch to Restaurant Letter from the Editor: Waiting for Summer Letter from the Editor: Arts Economy Letter from the Editor: First Frost Letter from the Editor: Why Art? Letter from the Editor: Up Close and Personal Letter from the Editor: A Tradition of Talent Letter from the Editor: Winter Reflection Dining Out: The Taste of Whitefish Letter from the Editor: How Big is Your Bucket Letter from the Editor: Falling Short Western Design: Rustic Allure Dining Out: Fish Food Western Design: In the Studio with Painter Hugh Wilson Western Design: Home Base From the Editor Dining Out: Tradition, with a Twist Letter from the Editor: I Know Where the Fish Are Letter from the Editor: Big Sky Country Letter from the Editor: Forging Ahead Dining Out: Barn Dance Letter from the Editor: Like an Open Road Letter from the Editor: The Language of Fishing Letter from the Editor: Cast Again Editor’s Letter: The Passing Season Dining Out: Saffron Table Dining Out: Lone Mountain Ranch Serves Up a Sense of Place Western Design: Uniquely Rustic Western Design: JLF & Associates Letter from the Editor: Season of Possibility Dining Out: A Montana Tradition, Chico Hot Springs Letter from the Editor: Design Trends Dining Out: The Ranch at Rock Creek Redefines Montana Cuisine Dining Out: Seasonal Bliss Western Design: Refined Rustic Letter from the Editor: Winter Wave Letter from the Editor: Blending Seasons Western Design: A New Mountain Lodge Western Design: Historic Haven Western Design: In the Studio with the Viers Western Focus: Classic Connection: Miller Architects Western Design: Reviving the Barn From the Editor: Seasons of Simplicity Dining Out: Innovation Meets Tradition at Bisl Letter from the Editor: Staying Power
May 2009

It makes sense that our spring and summer issues are combined this year. The two seasons run into each other anyway, marking a steady awakening that begins in April and blossoms sometime at the end of June.

You hear it one day. Meadowlark song. Chickadee flit. The audible flash of bluebird wing. At first it comes on subtly, a minute-a-day-shift from the vernal equinox into warmer days. Then all of a sudden you wake to cacophony outside. Then mud. The swift flow of high water and freak snowstorms green-up everything around you.

Color saturates the trees, fields, mountains, and rivers again until finally you shed the layers of clothes and turn a cheek toward the warmth of early morning sunlight. It feels thick and golden.

It’s more than just the weather. When you live in the Northern Rockies, your whole spirit seems to shift with the change of seasons.

In this issue, our contributors show us the beauty of our region, exploring what we lightly dub “the backyard.” Luckily, in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, that consists of millions of acres of wilderness, countless miles of rivers and a tremendous amount of open country.

Consider an adventure on the Clearwater Canoe Trail in northwestern Montana, as our writer-photographer team did last summer with their two young sons as guides; step into the deep forest with Toby Thompson up the West Boulder near Big Timber; Walk the preciously restored Ruby River with managing editor Matthew Mayo; or cover up your own fish tale on a lake — away from the crowds — with fly angler Greg Thomas.

You know summer is here when spring ends. But in these parts it all blends together, so you don’t want to waste a minute of daylight. We hope you’ll take Big Sky Journal along on your adventures this season.


Happy travels,

Seabring Davis