Late-summer rains make the huckleberries swell up sweet and plump, while the cool evenings transform the whole patch from dark green to crimson red. (Note cards available here.)
You can read about the history of Montana's "huckleberry culture" here at our natural history website, Wild & Free Montana.
Behind the lens.
Our friends Jim and Holly drove us up the mountainside to their "secret" huckleberry patch -- the real test of friendship here in Montana. They jumped out with empty buckets and started picking, and I hauled out my camera gear to work on this image that I had in my mind's eye. Even though the forecast called for sunshine, we climbed into the clouds and got soaking wet, picking fat berries with numb fingers. Some things are just worth it!