An early glimpse of the defining mountains of Paradise Valley, Montana, approached from the south and Gardiner, MT, at the edge of Yellowstone. On a crisp, azure morning, the key peaks of Paradise Valley, MT, slowly emerge above foothill plateaus, beckoning one to see what’s around the next curve. Autumn’s low sun casts long, bold, defining shadows setting off the rooftops of a scatter of distant ranch buildings while graceful, waving grasses of hayfields and pastures glow gold in September’s morning light. High-reaching, ever-changing clouds hint at a coming change in weather, and sure enough, snow moves in by the end of the next day. $6500.
Available at A. Banks Gallery, 127 E. Main St., Bozeman, MT 59715, 406-586-1000, www.abanksgallery.com