The Rocky Mountain Front is just about the easiest view in the world to wax on and on about, and I tend to write prolifically on the purple mountain’s majesty of the Rockies rising out of the plains.

But there is much beauty to celebrate on the west side of the Rockies, too.

Although my home and my parents’ home are separated by about a 2 1/2 hour drive over Marias Pass, as the crow flies I don’t think more than 60 miles separates my view from theirs.  We get the persimmon sunsets that trounce adjectives, and they get the azalea pink dawns that pull you from under the down comforter, urging an early start to the day.  Or at least a mad dash for the camera.

2011.  Photo credit to Charlie Stone.  Glacier County Honey Co.  All Rights Reserved.