March Travel Photo Winner: Montana’s Winter Streets

Friday, April 1, 2011

In a last-ditch effort to hold onto yet another fading winter season, March’s themed celebration was simply put: Winter. Though most of us prefer sand over snow, the snowy submissions helped build anticipation of impending spring (and the related travel season!).

Much to my surprise, the monthly staff emails discussing a winner eventually tallied up to a shot titled “Helena Streets,” by Jon Wick!

The shot was more or less an accident — being at the right place at the right time — and seizing an opportunity. We were heading to a bed and breakfast after a long day of skiing and took a wrong turn. Squinting through the windows in an attempt to read street signs, I looked straight ahead at this image. The composition all worked so eerie and wonderfully with the van, fresh snow, building, and lighting, that I literally parked my car in the middle of the road and grabbed my camera for the shot.

Happy accidents are sometimes the greatest kind. Maria was “feelin’ it” while Brit’s reaction was: “First place is Helena, Montana for me. The colours are so dreary, yet warm. If that makes any sense.” Coming from you, Brit, it totally does.

With winter now officially behind us — as a theme anyway — we move April’s focus toward Europe! Photographers have already begun posting (click here to see the April contest thread). As Matt readies the trusty flamenco outfit in anticipation of his trip to Barcelona, we too will be getting our Euro on through April (minus the tight black pants, of course).

By Jon Wick


About the Author

Jon lives in Butte, Montana, spending most of his time on skis or bikes; sometimes both. He began travel writing while teaching in Korea and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Technical Communication at Montana Tech. Jon has begun writing his first book, The Story of Will, whose movie rights are still (very) available. Catch more of Jon at (@ExpedJon)

  • Mary Frances and Boyd

    Our son Ned’s bus has a history, including his Dad and I driving it up from Sacramento for parent weekend in his freshman year at Carroll.  People “Peace Signed” us, offered to buy it, and we felt like ageing hippies having a real adventure!  “Da Bus” has been many places since then.  It’s part of Ned’s signatory, identifiable with an artistic, most personable young man.  We agree that “Montana’s Winter Streets” and the owner of that vehicle are real winners. 

  • Ned

    That’s my bus!  Had a friend share it on fb.  Good shot!

    • Jonwick04

      Ned! It’s crazy you found this! magical, even?! Your bus is pure awesomeness-I just hope the shot does the bus, and it’s backstory justice. Welcome to The Expeditioner family-next round is on me!

  • Anonymous

    Jon, you will never let me live down that Halloween costume, will you? (Okay, it was a regular Tuesday night, but I was in a festive mood.)

    Also, nice shot, very Scandinavian crime noir-ish.

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