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Montana Notecard Collection


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Product Description

This set of 12 hand-illustrated notecards includes 4 different Montana images, 3 of each. Notecards are 5″x7″ and include a white envelope. The Montana notecard collection features:

  • The Montana State Map
  • The Yellowstone National Park Map
  • Glacier National Park Map
  • Montana Wildflowers

Text on the back of the notecards is as follows:

“Montana: Big Sky Country”
Native Americans have inhabited this land for thousands of years and more than 200 years ago Lewis and Clark traversed what is now Montana on their epic adventure to discover the mythical Northwest Passage. On November 8, 1889 Montana became the 41st state and is known for its storied history of miners, homesteaders, outlaws, and cowboys as well as its breathtaking scenery, vast open spaces, recreational opportunities and natural treasures.

“Yellowstone National Park”
Yellowstone was established in 1872 as America’s first national park—an idea that spread worldwide. Old Faithful and the majority of the world’s geysers are preserved here and they are primarily responsible for the park’s initial designation that encompasses approximately 3,500 square miles and attracts more than 3 million visitors annually. A mountain wildland, home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of bison and elk, it is the core of one of the last, nearly intact, natural ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone.

“Glacier National Park”
On May 11th, 1910, President Taft signed legislation designating Glacier our nation’s 10th National Park. Known to Native Americans as “Shining Mountains” or “Backbone of the World”, Glacier encompasses 1.1 million acres of spectacular scenery, 750 miles of hiking trails, nearly 70 species of mammals, 270 species of birds and the renowned glacier carved landscapes that date back millions of years.

“Wildflowers of the West”
Glacier Lily Erythronium grandiflorum (Liliaceae):  A wild relative of the tulip found in alpine environments in western North America. They bloom as the snow melts, following the snow line as it recedes up slopes in the spring.
Indian Paintbrush Castilleja integra:  Found throughout the Northwest in a variety of landscapes; mountain meadows, streambanks, and open forests. Because there are no places to perch on the Paintbrush, it requires “hovering” insects and birds for pollination.
Lupine Lupinus:  Lupine prefers light, well-drained soil that is slightly acidic, and it does not tolerate heat or humidity well. It performs best in areas with cool summers, especially the Pacific Northwest.
Fireweed Epilobium angustifolium: Fireweed is a perennial wildflower that is one of the first plants to appear after a forest or brush fire. Its spikes of whitish to magenta flowers, which grow up to 5 feet high, can be a spectacular sight on prairies of the temperate zone.

All images are from original watercolors, pen and ink illustrations or oil paintings from artist and Xplorer Maps co-founder, Chris Robitaille. See more of Chris’ work at WWW.ROBITAILLEPAINTINGS.COM.