Fall foliage reflects in the Sun River along the Rocky Mountain Front near Choteau, Montana. The Rocky Mountain Front, where the central plains meet the Rockies, extends from British Columbia, Canada south through Montana, Wyoming and Colorado.
The first rays of a fall sunrise catch the tops of aspens along the Blackfoot river near Lincoln, Montana. The river canyon was formed from cataclysmic glacial lake flooding at the end of the last ice age, about 10,000 years ago. The Blackfoot was made famous by Norman Maclean’s novella and the subsequent movie adaptation, “A River Runs Through It.”
Sunlight filters through winter clouds, highlighting the Swan Range, which runs along the eastern side of the Seeley-Swan valley in western Montana. Over the ridges of the Swan Range lies the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
The headstone of 1st Lieutenant Edward A. Belger stands at the Fort Missoula military cemetery. He was the first officer to die at Fort Missoula. The fort was founded in 1876 and the early troops were assigned to control the native Americans living in the region.