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Meet the Photographer

Douglas Dye

I was born and raised on the north central plains of Montana. After graduation from high school, I continued my education at Montana State University and received a degree in secondary education with a Science/Chemistry emphasis. After teaching chemistry at Columbia Falls High School for 27 years I took an early retirement in 2002. My interest in photography blossomed close in time to the advent of the Montana Magazine. I photographed with an eye to one day being published in the magazine and this dream happened in the early 1980’s. Since then I have been published in many magazines, books, brochures, advertizing campaigns and commercial publications. In 2002 I purchased two pack llamas and for eight years used them to pack into the backcountry of the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, the Mission Mountain Wilderness and other areas of northwestern Montana. My main success in photography has been with landscape images though I consider myself a “Nature Photographer”. My photography business is called Dusty Star Photo, after one of the peaks in Glacier National Park and I describe my photography as “Photographing the Nature of Montana”. I will be working this summer with Glacier Photo in West Glacier, Mt. I will be leading tours and workshops in Glacier National Park. Information can be found at I can be reached via my website: or at 406 752 5852.

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