IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE AMBLING in the vicinity of Wyoming Blue Eyes, the painting by representational artist Carrie Ballantyne, prepare for a double take. The oil depicts a young woman whose wavy blond hair spills from a loose braid below a flat-topped, wide-brimmed hat....

BUTTE, MONTANA, HAS A CERTAIN ALLURE for photographer Janie Osborne. First drawn there for a personal project, to research and photograph the Berkeley Pit — the Superfund conundrum that dwells in its backyard — she became captivated by the charm of a community that, in...

A SUMMER EVENING IN THE FOOTHILLS of Montana’s Little Belt Mountains, I sit outside to watch the sun sink. A breeze rustles the grass. Birds zip through the air, enjoying a few final flights before bedtime. One, a swallow with striking blue feathers, catches my...

THERE ARE SO MANY ASTONISHING FACTS ABOUT HONEY BEES, that if you list them all together, it’s hard to believe that one little creature could be so accomplished and compelling. For instance, it takes about 700 honey bees — flying 55,000 miles and collecting nectar...

LET'S SAY YOU'RE THE OWNER of a fantastic lot in Wilson, Wyoming, in a subdivision at the bottom of Teton Pass, near Jackson Hole. It’s a superb location, with sweeping views of the mountains beyond, but the only drawback is that you’re attached to it....

HE IS OF NORWEGIAN DESCENT and has a passion for ships. She is a painter with a feel for color and the wonders wrought by natural light. Together, this East Coast-based couple realized their longtime dream of building a Montana home that would embody both...