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Chief Plenty Coups State Park offers visitors a blend of natural and cultural beauty. Chief Plenty Coup saw a sacred spring in a vision and built his home near this one, which is frequented by Native Americans and other visitors as well. Offerings are left at the spring.
Makoshika State Park’s signature capstone rocks are constantly changing as wind and water erode the softer, underlying base of shale and clay.
A glass mosaic sun, created by Billings artist Angela Babby, will be installed as the bison sculpture's heart line.
Joliet sculptor Charlie Ringer shows off the heart-line mosaic created by Billings mosaic artist Angela Babby. The piece is part of his steel bison sculpture installed Friday outside the Billings airport.
Charlie Ringer climbs up the 24-foot-long bison sculpture.
Charlie Ringer takes a ride on his new bison sculpture before it was installed outside the Billings airport on Friday to honor the late Bruce Putnam, director of aviation and transit for the city of Billings for 27 years.
Seasonal employee Luke Shelton shows visitors a trail in Makoshika State Park near the ampitheater, where weddings are often performed.
Fields of honey clover sweeten the air at Makoshika.
Capstone rocks are less than a quarter mile away from the amphitheater at Makoshika State Park.
Shelton shows a visitor through Makoshika State Park.
Luke Shelton stands near the Doc Hiatt Overlook in Makoshika State Park. Hiatt was a Glendive optometrist and loyal supporter of the park.
Above, contrasts between lush fields and wooded areas and barren rocks make Makoshika interesting during every season, but especially in the spring and early summer. At left, Shelton guides a visitor along a trail framed by fragrant, thigh-high honey clover.To viewan online photo gallery, vi…
A triceratops skull, found in Makoshika, is on display in the visitor’s center, which is open daily and offers self-guided tours and a gift shop.
The Valley View Overlook at Makoshika State Park is a popular place for taking photographs.
Shelton shows a visitor the Makoshika State Park’s ampitheater, which is popular for weddings and other special events, including Shakespeare in the Parks performances. The ampitheater was build by residents of Glendive in the early 1960s and is used for informal religious services during th…
The Beer Jug on Glendive's Main Street packs in locals and sometimes visitors to Makoshika State Park just a mile and half up the street.
Beer Jug bartender Meg Geiger is waiting for the current history teacher at Dawson County High School to retire so she can put her teaching degree to use.
Seasonal employee Luke Shelton looks over Makoshika from one of four designated camping areas. This campsite sits at the end of a mesa with a 600-foot canyon below and scenic vistas on three sides.
Cooke City General Store, left, is a popular stop for locals and visitors alike. A desk for the town’s Notary Public, above, sits inside the store.
Wheat Montana’s replica of a grain silo is a familiar sight to those traveling on Interstate 90 near Three Forks.
The iconic neon sign of the Red Lodge Cafe welcomes customers inside — perhaps for a slice of pie.
The iconic neon sign of the Red Lodge Cafe welcomes customers inside — perhaps for a slice of pie. A favorite on the menu is the sour cream rhubarb pie. Owner Mark Day, who uses recipes handed down from his late mother, Doris, said that local growers bring in rhubarb all summer long for use …
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Bone Doggie, left photo, looks like he’s about to receive a treat from the skeleton cowboy in the yard of Roberts Recycling. Gumby and Pokey, right photo, greet passersby from the yard.
Gumby and Pokey greet passersby from the yard at Roberts Recycling.
This two-foot metal spider sculpture was welded by Roberts Recycling owner Chuck Naylor.
From left, Susan Sommerfeld, Amber Nichols, Olivia Jones and Krista Marshall rehearse the final dance number for “Dancing on the Edge.” The collaborative show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on June 27.
Bike enthusiast and artist Parker Ford wheels by the mural he painted in 2005 and 2006 on the side of the Spoke Shop warehouse on 19th Street West and Broadwater Avenue. Ford incorporated quotes about biking from John F. Kennedy and Mark Twain into the mural.
RMC art professor stands in front of the back entrance of the former Casey’s nightclub in the alley in the 200 block between Broadway and North 28th Street. The portion of the mural shown depicts legendary singer Aretha Franklin. Baken said the portrait shows a thinner Franklin because he el…
Rocky Mountain College art professor Jim Baken stands in front of a mural at the back entrance of the former Casey’s Golden Pheasant recently. Baken recruited students to create the mural shortly after the bar relocated there in the 1990s, and he’s impressed that it has weathered well over t…
The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, located in the Jocko Valley north of Missoula, was consecrated in 2009 by the Dalai Lama at the invitation of the garden’s founder.
Each of the statutes in the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas is hand-cast.
International students work with Cindy Kunz, director of the Institute for Peace Studies, to put on the Festival of Cultures. They are, clockwise from left: Noah Kiprono, from Kenya; Evan Connolly, from the Republic of Ireland; Renaldo Teixeira, from Brazil; and Judith Jeannot, from Haiti.
The blue, dome-shaped building that houses Blue Star Espresso went up in 1997.
Blue Star Espresso, owned by Norma and Pete Zolnikov, is located in Roundup at 28 6th St. W. The blue, dome-shaped structure that houses the shop went up in 1997.
Monte Yellow Bird works with students at Ponderosa Elementary on creating traditional war shield designs using symbols that resonate with them on a personal level.
Monte Yellow Bird works with students at Ponderosa Elementary on creating traditional war shield designs using symbols that resonate with them on a personal level. At left, the artist from Wilsall works with Carson Chase, 11, who said she painted the Crow flag and basketballs on her war shie…
Cassadie Perkins, 11, said working with Yellow Bird taught her that she could be whatever she wants to be. Her war shield shows her interest in baking.
Marie Gatica and her aunt, Rosie Ehlers, help run Sarah’s Mexican Food in downtown Billings.
Monte Yellow Bird works with Easton Lee, a fifth-grader at Ponderosa Elementary School in Billings. Yellow Bird is a professional artist who spent a week working with students on painting war shields.
Dishes created from family recipes are featured at La Tinga, a Mexican cafe at 113 N. 30th St. in downtown Billings. Alba Jand Curt Jeffries opened the original La Tinga in Bozeman in 2003, and that restaurant continues to serve guests at a new location on West Baxter Street.
Jim Whelan, of West Palm Beach, Fla., stopped at the Top of the World Resort for supplies last summer after cycling through Yellowstone National Park.
Roundup artist Coila Evans is showing floral oil paintings at Chinatown Gallery 2645 Minnesota Ave. Evans uses metallic paints to add luminosity to her works. She will conduct a June Paint 'n Sip class at the Yellowstone Art Museum.
Patrick Price stands next to slabs of bacon being smoked at Lucky’s Market. The nitrate-free bacon is just one of the products at the market that appeals to customers seeking health-conscious choices.
Pam Havig, member of the BSO Chorale: “It makes me happy. To sing with Steven Hart is like getting a voice lesson every time.”
Tom Singer, member of the BSO Chorale: “Because I can’t not sing.”
Steve Zediker, member of the BSO Chorale: “It’s something I love — the fun and the community of singing. To become part of a vibration of a larger chord.”
Bobbi Adler, Central High sophomore and member of the Billings Youth Chorale: “It’s something I’ve always loved to do. It’s an escape. It’s really fun.”
The Ethiopian Harrah organic coffee at Rock Creek Coffee Roasters is a sweet, rich blend.
Rock Creek Coffee Roaster’s Stormy Crittenden brews Ethopian Harrar organic coffee at the downtown shop.