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Missoula artist captures quirky and funky main streets of Montana

June 11, 2017View for printing

Soft, coppery evening light casts slanting shadows across Ronan's main street, a sleepy town of about 1,800 on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Signs for "2nd CHAИCE Saloon" and "Ronan Cafe & Bakery" hang above the sidewalk. A stray cat wanders, its exaggerated evening shadow following obediently as it seeks some affection from bar goers.

Laura Blaker stands in the middle of Main Street and holds up her phone to snap a picture. She's looking for the places where color, shadow and history meet. In the background, a nearly full moon rises above the Mission Mountains.

"This is like going back in time," Blaker says.


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