While I am not new to Montana I am new to Billings as of six months ago (I spent part of my childhood in Great Falls and Havre). Up until a week ago, except for the odd couple of days when the snow actually stayed on the ground, Billings has been incredibly brown. To be honest it doesn't make for the prettiest landscape. I had to go out of town to see anything scenic... until now!

About a week or two ago, looking from out upon our perch, you could see flecks of green throughout the valley. Now there is a thick canopy of green below the rims. It reminds me of California's wine region where bright green vineyards contrast with the golden hills. Beautiful! I have been waiting for this all winter.