The autumn issue of The Montana Quarterly magazine has hit the stands, and as usual Thomas Lee's photography is gorgeous. This quarter my words are a particular beneficiary, as Lee's art graces my exploration of the Bighorn Canyon.
I had first proposed a history column covering Edward Gillette's early descent of the canyon. But the editors, seeing more broadly than I, came back with the idea of a full-fledged feature. A couple of background notes: I'm indebted to Dr. Marv Kauffman for improving my understanding of the area's geology. Marv also got me to use the phrase "fault plane" instead of "fault line," which makes me sound much more geologically sophisticated than I deserve to.
Also, though the adjective didn't make it into the article, Greg Shanks should probably be known as a semiprofessional walleye fisherman.
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