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SUNSET CRYSTAL 1
SUNSET CRYSTAL 1

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, near Great Falls, Montana—July, 2017

47°29’43”N 111°32’54”W—Elevation 3,840 ft.

The Crystal cairn reflects the setting sun at the edge of the First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, northwest of the Missouri River.

 

SUNSET CRYSTAL 2
SUNSET CRYSTAL 2

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, near Great Falls, Montana—July, 2017

47°29’43”N 111°32’54”W—Elevation 3,840 ft.

The Crystal cairn reflects the setting sun at the edge of the First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, northwest of the Missouri River.

 

HARDY BRIDGE
HARDY BRIDGE

Hardy Bridge in the Big Belt Mountains, near Cascade, Montana—July, 2017

47°09’59”N 111°50’01”W—Elevation 3,370 ft.

The steel truss bridge spanning the Missouri River on old US Route 91 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.

TWO MEDICINE BLOOMS
TWO MEDICINE BLOOMS

Glacier National Park, Montana—July, 2017

48°29’19”N 113°22’03”W—Elevation 5,180 ft.

The Green-gold cairn is resting in a campground between Pray Lake and the larger Two Medicine Lake.

GLACIER VIEW
GLACIER VIEW

Glacier National Park, Montana—July 2017

48°41’50”N 113°41’34”W—Elevation 6,220 ft.

This cairn marks the Continental Divide, the high places where water on different sides of the mountain flow in two distinct watersheds.

VALLEY VIEW
VALLEY VIEW

Glacier National Park, Montana—July 2017

48°42’05”N 113°43’04”W—Elevation 6,340 ft.

This cairn marks the Continental Divide, the high places where water on different sides of the mountain flow in two distinct watersheds, or basins.

ROAD TRIP
ROAD TRIP

Near Fort Benton, Montana—July, 2017

47°48’54”N 110°42’34”W—Elevation 2,920 ft.

This cairn sits on the Lewis and Clark Trail. Not an actual road, but a series of historical markers based on the journals that Meriwether Louis and William Clark kept of their journey to explore the new Louisiana Territory and find a route to the Pacific Ocean in the early 1800s This site is about 15 miles downstream from where the Maria’s River, a major tributary, enters the Missouri River.

GRAIN ELEVATOR
GRAIN ELEVATOR

Loma, Montana—July 2017

47°55’55”N 110°30’20”W—Elevation 2,590 ft.

This cairn stands on private property near the confluence of the Teton and Maria’s rivers in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers area. 

BRIDGE
BRIDGE

Big Sandy Conservation District, Montana—July 2017

47°44’18”N 109°37’33”W—Elevation 2,400 ft.

On the Judith River, looking west toward the bridge. July 4, 2017

 

 

 

BIRDS
BIRDS

Big Sandy Conservation Area, Montana—July 2017

47°44’18”N 109°37’33”W[WR1] —Elevation 2,400 ft.

On the Judith River, looking east.

 

 

ABANDONED STORAGE
ABANDONED STORAGE

Near Winifred, Montana—July 2017

47°28’05”N 109°21’14”W—Elevation 3,380 ft.

A six-foot-tall, white glass cairn stands on the loading dock of an old wooden grain elevator. 

FOREST FIRE 9:10 p.m.
FOREST FIRE 9:10 p.m.

Little Rocky Mountains, Missouri Breaks, near Zortner, Montana—July 2017

47°48’35”N 108°36’32”W—Elevation 3,270 ft.

This image was created after the fire in the Little Rocky Mountains had been burning for 19 hours.  It would burn for days and consume 10,000 acres.

 

 

FOREST FIRE 11 p.m
FOREST FIRE 11 p.m

Little Rocky Mountains, Missouri Breaks, near Zortner, Montana—July 2017

47°50’32”N 108°30’07”W—Elevation 3,190 ft.

The red glow of the forests burning in the Little Rocky Mountains is the backdrop for a glowing white cairn.

 

 

MILK JUG
MILK JUG

Milk River near Hinsdale, Montana—July, 2017

48°23’54”N 107°02’52”W—Elevation 2,170 ft.

Captain Meriwether Lewis, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, wrote, “From the colour of its water we called it Milk river."

MUDDY MILK
MUDDY MILK

Milk River, near its confluence with the Missouri River—July 2017

Nashua, Montana

48°03’34”N 106°19’06”W—Elevation 1,990 ft.

A 5-gallon jug is partially submerged in the slick, muddy water of the Milk River.

YELLOWSTONE RIVER
YELLOWSTONE RIVER

Yellowstone River—July 2017

Cartwright, North Dakota

47°5’41”N 103°57’50”W—Elevation 1,970 ft.

The Crystal cairn overlooks the Yellowstone River near a bridge at Cartwright, North Dakota, just a few miles upstream from its confluence with the Missouri River.

OIL RIG
OIL RIG

Tioga, North Dakota—July 2017

48°11’52”N 103°01’58”W—Elevation 1,940 ft.

Oil rigs and refineries are common throughout North Dakota. 

POLLINATORS WELCOME
POLLINATORS WELCOME

Parshall, North Dakota—July 2017

47°52’23”N 102°07’45”W—Elevation 2,260 ft.

The field of yellow canola flowers on Highway 37 near Parshall, North Dakota, makes a joyous setting for the Geen-gold cairn. 

GARRISON DAM SPILLWAY
GARRISON DAM SPILLWAY

Garrison, North Dakota—July 2017

47°29’24”N 101°23’26”W—Elevation 1,840 ft.

The waterless spillway of the fourth largest earthen dam on the planet is indicative of how dry 2017 was in the American West.

CANNON BALL RIVER
CANNON BALL RIVER

Standing Rock Indian Reservation, North Dakota—July 2017

46°24’58”N 100°38’09”W—Elevation 1,630 ft.

The False Gods cairn and the Lantern cairn face each other near the No Dakota Access Pipeline protest site.

TRANSLUCENT LANTERN
TRANSLUCENT LANTERN

Lake Marie, Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming—June 2017

41°19’54”N 106°19’30”W—Elevation 10,510 ft.

The stream flowing below this cairn empties into the North Platte River, just west of the Medicine Bow National Forest. The Platte is a major tributary of the Missouri River.

LANTERN MIRRORED
LANTERN MIRRORED

Lake Marie, Medicine Bow National Forest, near Laramie, Wyoming—June 2017

41°19’58”N 106°19’29”W—Elevation 10,510 ft.

An entire side of the mountain behind this translucent cairn is covered with dead Lodgepole pines.

FALSE GODS IN THE SNOW
FALSE GODS IN THE SNOW

Medicine Bow National Forest, near Laramie, Wyoming—June, 2017

41°20’10”N 106°19’8”W—Elevation 10,570 ft.

The black glass cairn named “False Gods” sits balanced in the melting snow and ice. Water from this pond drains into nearby Libby Creek, and later into the North Platte River, then the Platte River, which is a major tributary of the Missouri River. 

 

 

BOULDER LANTERN
BOULDER LANTERN

Near Centennial, Wyoming—June 2017

41°08’02”N 106°25’07”W—Elevation 10,570 ft.

The Lantern Cairn sits balanced on a bolder in the middle of the Douglas River while fly fishermen wait for their turn at this fishing hole.

 

MOM'S TREE
MOM'S TREE

Near Centennial, Wyoming—June 2017

41°08’02”N 106°25’07”W—Elevation 10,570 ft.

Cairns are often used as memorials as well as trail markers. Here, the lantern cairn is a memorial to Ryan O’Malley’s mother.

SINKS
SINKS

Sinks Canyon State Park, Wyoming—June 2017

42°44’52”N 108°48’37”W—Elevation 6,420 ft.

The Popo Agie River disappears (sinks) on one side of the mountain, and reappears here.

 

 

 

RESERVOIR GOLD
RESERVOIR GOLD

Pilot Butte Reservoir on the Wind River Reservation—June 2017

Near Morton, Wyoming

43°11’42”N 108°45’39”W—Elevation 5,460 ft.

The Pilot Butte Reservoir on the Wind River provides water for irrigation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLACK BUTTE GOLD
BLACK BUTTE GOLD

Wind River Reservation, Wyoming—June 2017

42°44’54”N 108°48’34”W—Elevation 6,450 ft.

Bluffs along Sinks Canyon Road, south of Lander, Wyoming, provide the background for this green and gold cairn.

 

 

FACETS
FACETS

Grand Teton National Park, near Jackson Hole, Wyoming—June 2017 

43°58’36”N 110°39’24”W— Elevation 6,860 ft.

The shapes of the Crystal cairn, the planes of the mountainside, and the surface of the water in Jackson Lake shimmer with reflected sunlight.

GREEN SPRING
GREEN SPRING

Yellowstone National Park, Montana—June 2017

44°29’11”N 110°00’46”W—Elevation 7,030 ft.

The quiet, cooler side of Yellowstone National Park has fresh, clear water in small streams that feed the Yellowstone River.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN
EAGLE MOUNTAIN

Buffalo Bill State Park, Wyoming—June 2017

Rocky Mountain Absaroka Range

44°29’45”N 109°17’57”W—Elevation 5,450 ft.

The Crystal cairn sits in a firepit next to the Buffalo Bill Reservoir on the Shoshone River.

STORM COMING
STORM COMING

Buffalo Bill Sate Park, Wyoming—June 2017

44°29’45”N 109°17’57”W—Elevation 5,450 ft.

Strong winds and heavy black clouds rushed toward the cairn on the bank of the Buffalo Bill Reservoir.

RED EARTH 1
RED EARTH 1

Horseshoe Bend, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Wyoming—June 2017

44°57’25”N 108°16’40”W—Elevation 3,800 ft.

The Green-gold cairn is dwarfed by the iron-red bluffs in the Wild Horse Mountain Range.

 

 

RED EARTH 2
RED EARTH 2

Horseshoe Bend, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Wyoming—June 2017 

44°57’25”N 108°16’40”W—Elevation 3,800 ft.

The Green-gold cairn is sitting on the iron-red bluffs in the Wild Horse Mountain Range.

DEVIL CANYON OVERLOOK
DEVIL CANYON OVERLOOK

Horseshoe Bend,Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Montana—June 2017 

45°01’24”N 108°15’07”W—Elevation 4,520 ft.

Canyon Overlook Road gives spectacular views of the confluence of the Bighorn River and Porcupine creek to the south

BEE'S HIVE
BEE'S HIVE

Horseshoe Bend, Big Horn Canyon National Recreation Area, Montana—June 2017 

45°01’24”N 108°15’07”W—Elevation 4,520 ft.

The Green-gold cairn nestles in sagebrush near the Horseshoe Bend Observation site, overlooking the Bighorn River. 

 

 

TONGUE RIVER BEND
TONGUE RIVER BEND

near Tongue River Reservoir State Park, Montana—June 2017

45°13’14”N 106°41’55”W—Elevation 3,380

After a rain, horses on the Diamond Cross Ranch graze on the bank of the Tongue River. The Tongue rises in Wyoming in the Bighorn Mountains, flows through northern Wyoming and southeastern Montana, then empties into the Yellowstone River at Miles City, Montana. The Yellowstone is a major tributary of the Missouri River.

 

 

FALSE GODS/REFINERY 1
FALSE GODS/REFINERY 1

Billings, Montana—June 2017

45°46’12”N 108°29’30”W—Elevation 3,110 ft.

The False Gods cairn stands over a stream leading to the Yellowstone River near this refinery in downtown Billings, Montana.

 

 

FALSE GODS/REFINERY NEIGHBORHOOD
FALSE GODS/REFINERY NEIGHBORHOOD

Billings, Montana—June 2017

45°46’42”N 108°29’53”W—Elevation 3,110 ft.

The False Gods cairn stands in a residential street, leading to a refinery in downtown Billings, Montana.

FOUR DANCERS
FOUR DANCERS

Pictograph Cave State Park, Four Dancers Recreation Area, Montana—June, 2017

45°44’34”N 108°26’24”W—Elevation 3,370 feet

A clear cairn poses on a sandstone boulder near three caves where prehistoric hunters left drawings on the cave walls.

 

 

CLOUD CAIRN
CLOUD CAIRN

Beartooth Pass, Wyoming—June 2017

45°02’37”N 109°24’26”W—Elevation 9,170 ft.

Small, fragrant wildflowers grow at the foot of this cairn that appears to touch the sky on Beartooth Highway.

 

 

 

 

BLACK GOLD
BLACK GOLD

Beartooth Pass, Wyoming—June 2017

44°58’32”N 108°25’37”W—Elevation 10,380 ft.

An otherworldly mist envelops the False Gods cairn in the snow, 567 feet below the summit of Beartooth Pass.

CRYSTAL MIST
CRYSTAL MIST

Beartooth Highway, Montana—June, 2017

44°52’38”N 110°22’53”—Elevation 10,010 ft.

Clear lakes reflect a faceted crystal cairn, viewed from the Beartooth National Scenic Byways-All American Road.

STONE RIVER CRYSTAL
STONE RIVER CRYSTAL

Yellowstone National Park, Montana—June 2017

44°52’44”N 110°23’21”W—Elevation 6,850 ft.

The Crystal cairn is poised on the stone wall overlooking[WR2]  the Yellowstone River in northeastern Yellowstone Park.

 

 

THERMOPOLIS
THERMOPOLIS

Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Montana—June 2017

44°57’55”N 110°42’45”W—Elevation 6,770 ft.

The black False Gods cairn contrasts with the white limestone terraces and the colors of the heat-loving microorganisms in Yellowstone National Park.

MISSOURI RIVER HEADWATERS
MISSOURI RIVER HEADWATERS

Hell Roaring Creek, Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Montana—June 2017

44°35’57”N 111°33’0”W—Elevation 6,880 ft.

Water, flowing from the mountains in the background, becomes the Jefferson River that joins other rivers at the Missouri Headwaters State Park to become the Missouri River.

 

 

MADISON MEETS JEFFERSON
MADISON MEETS JEFFERSON

Missouri Headwaters State Park, Montana—July 2017

45°55’33”N 111°30’11”W—Elevation 4,180 ft.

The tallest cairn made on the Missouri River perches on the edge of a steep bluff overlooking the confluence of the Jefferson and Madison rivers. 

CANYON FERRY
CANYON FERRY

Canyon Ferry Lake Dam, near Helena, Montana—July 2017

46°39’08”N 111°43’53”W—Elevation 3,640 ft.

This cairn posed on a picnic table with a great view of the Canyon Ferry Dam and reservoir. This dam is the second of the 15 large dams on the main stem of the Missouri River.

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SUNSET CRYSTAL 1
SUNSET CRYSTAL 2
HARDY BRIDGE
TWO MEDICINE BLOOMS
GLACIER VIEW
VALLEY VIEW
ROAD TRIP
GRAIN ELEVATOR
BRIDGE
BIRDS
ABANDONED STORAGE
FOREST FIRE 9:10 p.m.
FOREST FIRE 11 p.m
MILK JUG
MUDDY MILK
YELLOWSTONE RIVER
OIL RIG
POLLINATORS WELCOME
GARRISON DAM SPILLWAY
CANNON BALL RIVER
TRANSLUCENT LANTERN
LANTERN MIRRORED
FALSE GODS IN THE SNOW
BOULDER LANTERN
MOM'S TREE
SINKS
RESERVOIR GOLD
BLACK BUTTE GOLD
FACETS
GREEN SPRING
EAGLE MOUNTAIN
STORM COMING
RED EARTH 1
RED EARTH 2
DEVIL CANYON OVERLOOK
BEE'S HIVE
TONGUE RIVER BEND
FALSE GODS/REFINERY 1
FALSE GODS/REFINERY NEIGHBORHOOD
FOUR DANCERS
CLOUD CAIRN
BLACK GOLD
CRYSTAL MIST
STONE RIVER CRYSTAL
THERMOPOLIS
MISSOURI RIVER HEADWATERS
MADISON MEETS JEFFERSON
CANYON FERRY
SUNSET CRYSTAL 1

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, near Great Falls, Montana—July, 2017

47°29’43”N 111°32’54”W—Elevation 3,840 ft.

The Crystal cairn reflects the setting sun at the edge of the First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, northwest of the Missouri River.

 

SUNSET CRYSTAL 2

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, near Great Falls, Montana—July, 2017

47°29’43”N 111°32’54”W—Elevation 3,840 ft.

The Crystal cairn reflects the setting sun at the edge of the First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, northwest of the Missouri River.

 

HARDY BRIDGE

Hardy Bridge in the Big Belt Mountains, near Cascade, Montana—July, 2017

47°09’59”N 111°50’01”W—Elevation 3,370 ft.

The steel truss bridge spanning the Missouri River on old US Route 91 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.

TWO MEDICINE BLOOMS

Glacier National Park, Montana—July, 2017

48°29’19”N 113°22’03”W—Elevation 5,180 ft.

The Green-gold cairn is resting in a campground between Pray Lake and the larger Two Medicine Lake.

GLACIER VIEW

Glacier National Park, Montana—July 2017

48°41’50”N 113°41’34”W—Elevation 6,220 ft.

This cairn marks the Continental Divide, the high places where water on different sides of the mountain flow in two distinct watersheds.

VALLEY VIEW

Glacier National Park, Montana—July 2017

48°42’05”N 113°43’04”W—Elevation 6,340 ft.

This cairn marks the Continental Divide, the high places where water on different sides of the mountain flow in two distinct watersheds, or basins.

ROAD TRIP

Near Fort Benton, Montana—July, 2017

47°48’54”N 110°42’34”W—Elevation 2,920 ft.

This cairn sits on the Lewis and Clark Trail. Not an actual road, but a series of historical markers based on the journals that Meriwether Louis and William Clark kept of their journey to explore the new Louisiana Territory and find a route to the Pacific Ocean in the early 1800s This site is about 15 miles downstream from where the Maria’s River, a major tributary, enters the Missouri River.

GRAIN ELEVATOR

Loma, Montana—July 2017

47°55’55”N 110°30’20”W—Elevation 2,590 ft.

This cairn stands on private property near the confluence of the Teton and Maria’s rivers in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers area. 

BRIDGE

Big Sandy Conservation District, Montana—July 2017

47°44’18”N 109°37’33”W—Elevation 2,400 ft.

On the Judith River, looking west toward the bridge. July 4, 2017

 

 

 

BIRDS

Big Sandy Conservation Area, Montana—July 2017

47°44’18”N 109°37’33”W[WR1] —Elevation 2,400 ft.

On the Judith River, looking east.

 

 

ABANDONED STORAGE

Near Winifred, Montana—July 2017

47°28’05”N 109°21’14”W—Elevation 3,380 ft.

A six-foot-tall, white glass cairn stands on the loading dock of an old wooden grain elevator. 

FOREST FIRE 9:10 p.m.

Little Rocky Mountains, Missouri Breaks, near Zortner, Montana—July 2017

47°48’35”N 108°36’32”W—Elevation 3,270 ft.

This image was created after the fire in the Little Rocky Mountains had been burning for 19 hours.  It would burn for days and consume 10,000 acres.

 

 

FOREST FIRE 11 p.m

Little Rocky Mountains, Missouri Breaks, near Zortner, Montana—July 2017

47°50’32”N 108°30’07”W—Elevation 3,190 ft.

The red glow of the forests burning in the Little Rocky Mountains is the backdrop for a glowing white cairn.

 

 

MILK JUG

Milk River near Hinsdale, Montana—July, 2017

48°23’54”N 107°02’52”W—Elevation 2,170 ft.

Captain Meriwether Lewis, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, wrote, “From the colour of its water we called it Milk river."

MUDDY MILK

Milk River, near its confluence with the Missouri River—July 2017

Nashua, Montana

48°03’34”N 106°19’06”W—Elevation 1,990 ft.

A 5-gallon jug is partially submerged in the slick, muddy water of the Milk River.

YELLOWSTONE RIVER

Yellowstone River—July 2017

Cartwright, North Dakota

47°5’41”N 103°57’50”W—Elevation 1,970 ft.

The Crystal cairn overlooks the Yellowstone River near a bridge at Cartwright, North Dakota, just a few miles upstream from its confluence with the Missouri River.

OIL RIG

Tioga, North Dakota—July 2017

48°11’52”N 103°01’58”W—Elevation 1,940 ft.

Oil rigs and refineries are common throughout North Dakota. 

POLLINATORS WELCOME

Parshall, North Dakota—July 2017

47°52’23”N 102°07’45”W—Elevation 2,260 ft.

The field of yellow canola flowers on Highway 37 near Parshall, North Dakota, makes a joyous setting for the Geen-gold cairn. 

GARRISON DAM SPILLWAY

Garrison, North Dakota—July 2017

47°29’24”N 101°23’26”W—Elevation 1,840 ft.

The waterless spillway of the fourth largest earthen dam on the planet is indicative of how dry 2017 was in the American West.

CANNON BALL RIVER

Standing Rock Indian Reservation, North Dakota—July 2017

46°24’58”N 100°38’09”W—Elevation 1,630 ft.

The False Gods cairn and the Lantern cairn face each other near the No Dakota Access Pipeline protest site.

TRANSLUCENT LANTERN

Lake Marie, Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming—June 2017

41°19’54”N 106°19’30”W—Elevation 10,510 ft.

The stream flowing below this cairn empties into the North Platte River, just west of the Medicine Bow National Forest. The Platte is a major tributary of the Missouri River.

LANTERN MIRRORED

Lake Marie, Medicine Bow National Forest, near Laramie, Wyoming—June 2017

41°19’58”N 106°19’29”W—Elevation 10,510 ft.

An entire side of the mountain behind this translucent cairn is covered with dead Lodgepole pines.

FALSE GODS IN THE SNOW

Medicine Bow National Forest, near Laramie, Wyoming—June, 2017

41°20’10”N 106°19’8”W—Elevation 10,570 ft.

The black glass cairn named “False Gods” sits balanced in the melting snow and ice. Water from this pond drains into nearby Libby Creek, and later into the North Platte River, then the Platte River, which is a major tributary of the Missouri River. 

 

 

BOULDER LANTERN

Near Centennial, Wyoming—June 2017

41°08’02”N 106°25’07”W—Elevation 10,570 ft.

The Lantern Cairn sits balanced on a bolder in the middle of the Douglas River while fly fishermen wait for their turn at this fishing hole.

 

MOM'S TREE

Near Centennial, Wyoming—June 2017

41°08’02”N 106°25’07”W—Elevation 10,570 ft.

Cairns are often used as memorials as well as trail markers. Here, the lantern cairn is a memorial to Ryan O’Malley’s mother.

SINKS

Sinks Canyon State Park, Wyoming—June 2017

42°44’52”N 108°48’37”W—Elevation 6,420 ft.

The Popo Agie River disappears (sinks) on one side of the mountain, and reappears here.

 

 

 

RESERVOIR GOLD

Pilot Butte Reservoir on the Wind River Reservation—June 2017

Near Morton, Wyoming

43°11’42”N 108°45’39”W—Elevation 5,460 ft.

The Pilot Butte Reservoir on the Wind River provides water for irrigation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLACK BUTTE GOLD

Wind River Reservation, Wyoming—June 2017

42°44’54”N 108°48’34”W—Elevation 6,450 ft.

Bluffs along Sinks Canyon Road, south of Lander, Wyoming, provide the background for this green and gold cairn.

 

 

FACETS

Grand Teton National Park, near Jackson Hole, Wyoming—June 2017 

43°58’36”N 110°39’24”W— Elevation 6,860 ft.

The shapes of the Crystal cairn, the planes of the mountainside, and the surface of the water in Jackson Lake shimmer with reflected sunlight.

GREEN SPRING

Yellowstone National Park, Montana—June 2017

44°29’11”N 110°00’46”W—Elevation 7,030 ft.

The quiet, cooler side of Yellowstone National Park has fresh, clear water in small streams that feed the Yellowstone River.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN

Buffalo Bill State Park, Wyoming—June 2017

Rocky Mountain Absaroka Range

44°29’45”N 109°17’57”W—Elevation 5,450 ft.

The Crystal cairn sits in a firepit next to the Buffalo Bill Reservoir on the Shoshone River.

STORM COMING

Buffalo Bill Sate Park, Wyoming—June 2017

44°29’45”N 109°17’57”W—Elevation 5,450 ft.

Strong winds and heavy black clouds rushed toward the cairn on the bank of the Buffalo Bill Reservoir.

RED EARTH 1

Horseshoe Bend, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Wyoming—June 2017

44°57’25”N 108°16’40”W—Elevation 3,800 ft.

The Green-gold cairn is dwarfed by the iron-red bluffs in the Wild Horse Mountain Range.

 

 

RED EARTH 2

Horseshoe Bend, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Wyoming—June 2017 

44°57’25”N 108°16’40”W—Elevation 3,800 ft.

The Green-gold cairn is sitting on the iron-red bluffs in the Wild Horse Mountain Range.

DEVIL CANYON OVERLOOK

Horseshoe Bend,Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Montana—June 2017 

45°01’24”N 108°15’07”W—Elevation 4,520 ft.

Canyon Overlook Road gives spectacular views of the confluence of the Bighorn River and Porcupine creek to the south

BEE'S HIVE

Horseshoe Bend, Big Horn Canyon National Recreation Area, Montana—June 2017 

45°01’24”N 108°15’07”W—Elevation 4,520 ft.

The Green-gold cairn nestles in sagebrush near the Horseshoe Bend Observation site, overlooking the Bighorn River. 

 

 

TONGUE RIVER BEND

near Tongue River Reservoir State Park, Montana—June 2017

45°13’14”N 106°41’55”W—Elevation 3,380

After a rain, horses on the Diamond Cross Ranch graze on the bank of the Tongue River. The Tongue rises in Wyoming in the Bighorn Mountains, flows through northern Wyoming and southeastern Montana, then empties into the Yellowstone River at Miles City, Montana. The Yellowstone is a major tributary of the Missouri River.

 

 

FALSE GODS/REFINERY 1

Billings, Montana—June 2017

45°46’12”N 108°29’30”W—Elevation 3,110 ft.

The False Gods cairn stands over a stream leading to the Yellowstone River near this refinery in downtown Billings, Montana.

 

 

FALSE GODS/REFINERY NEIGHBORHOOD

Billings, Montana—June 2017

45°46’42”N 108°29’53”W—Elevation 3,110 ft.

The False Gods cairn stands in a residential street, leading to a refinery in downtown Billings, Montana.

FOUR DANCERS

Pictograph Cave State Park, Four Dancers Recreation Area, Montana—June, 2017

45°44’34”N 108°26’24”W—Elevation 3,370 feet

A clear cairn poses on a sandstone boulder near three caves where prehistoric hunters left drawings on the cave walls.

 

 

CLOUD CAIRN

Beartooth Pass, Wyoming—June 2017

45°02’37”N 109°24’26”W—Elevation 9,170 ft.

Small, fragrant wildflowers grow at the foot of this cairn that appears to touch the sky on Beartooth Highway.

 

 

 

 

BLACK GOLD

Beartooth Pass, Wyoming—June 2017

44°58’32”N 108°25’37”W—Elevation 10,380 ft.

An otherworldly mist envelops the False Gods cairn in the snow, 567 feet below the summit of Beartooth Pass.

CRYSTAL MIST

Beartooth Highway, Montana—June, 2017

44°52’38”N 110°22’53”—Elevation 10,010 ft.

Clear lakes reflect a faceted crystal cairn, viewed from the Beartooth National Scenic Byways-All American Road.

STONE RIVER CRYSTAL

Yellowstone National Park, Montana—June 2017

44°52’44”N 110°23’21”W—Elevation 6,850 ft.

The Crystal cairn is poised on the stone wall overlooking[WR2]  the Yellowstone River in northeastern Yellowstone Park.

 

 

THERMOPOLIS

Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Montana—June 2017

44°57’55”N 110°42’45”W—Elevation 6,770 ft.

The black False Gods cairn contrasts with the white limestone terraces and the colors of the heat-loving microorganisms in Yellowstone National Park.

MISSOURI RIVER HEADWATERS

Hell Roaring Creek, Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Montana—June 2017

44°35’57”N 111°33’0”W—Elevation 6,880 ft.

Water, flowing from the mountains in the background, becomes the Jefferson River that joins other rivers at the Missouri Headwaters State Park to become the Missouri River.

 

 

MADISON MEETS JEFFERSON

Missouri Headwaters State Park, Montana—July 2017

45°55’33”N 111°30’11”W—Elevation 4,180 ft.

The tallest cairn made on the Missouri River perches on the edge of a steep bluff overlooking the confluence of the Jefferson and Madison rivers. 

CANYON FERRY

Canyon Ferry Lake Dam, near Helena, Montana—July 2017

46°39’08”N 111°43’53”W—Elevation 3,640 ft.

This cairn posed on a picnic table with a great view of the Canyon Ferry Dam and reservoir. This dam is the second of the 15 large dams on the main stem of the Missouri River.

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