In the past weeks I have been spending a little time in Fort Benton, Montana photographing and doing some research on it’s past and current culture. I have found some interesting sites and plenty of great photo opportunities. Just below the train station and Shep memorial (seen in the background) there is an old steam boat that sits in the middle of the field just off of the road. I pulled off to the side of the road and walked over to investigate. As I was walking up to it, I wasn’t quick enough to get a picture of the raccoon that I think is living in a hole  up on the deck (bummer). with one trip around and about 30 shots later it looked like I was getting some company. Up pulled a little grey Subaru with a lady, her dog, and what appeared to be her granddaughter. I had to laugh because I thought I was in trouble for trespassing ( I was standing next to the “No Trespassing” sign). First words out of her mouth with a big-ol smile was “Do you want to buy it”? I will be honest, I didn’t see that one coming. I politely explained that I don’t have the money OR a place to put it…. To make a long story short, this was apparently her late husbands “art studio”. Up the stairs was where her husband would paint and find inspiration. (talk about being the captain of your own ship) What I thought was going to be a hostile and well deserved lexure ended up being about a great 30min conversation with a neat lady.

When I was looking at this I thought it would make a great HDR shot. I think it was a good call… You tell me!

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