Grassland Edges: Patterns in the Montana Landscape

Grassland Edges: Patterns in the Montana Landscape

On the edge of the grasslands in Montana, the confluence of patterns is mesmerizing. Oblong gridded fields are laid out in similarly oriented rectangular patterns. The grid fills a single plane without regard for the irregularities of the terrain. The irregular flow of earthen mass from the forces of erosion upon the grasslands appears in a different plane, unbothered by the surveyor’s grid. Each plane is further etched with furrows, paths, and waterlines cut by wheel, plow, or flood. The early Spring snow highlights the texture of the terrain and gives us the sense that the scene was brushed by a single hand.

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