Photos of the Year 2017

The best images of the year from the Flathead Beacon staff

By Greg Lindstrom
August - The Sprague Fire burns above Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park on Aug. 31, the same evening it consumed the historic Sperry Chalet. The lightning-caused fire burned nearly 17,000 acres in the park, forcing the early closure of the Lake McDonald Lodge and Going-to-the-Sun Road on the west side. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

As a photojournalist, I have the privilege of witnessing history being made daily in the Flathead Valley and the opportunity to share it with Beacon readers. My work offers me a glimpse into the heart of our community as I try to capture storytelling images. The people in these photographs make them important. Learning their stories and discovering how they shape our community is the best part of my job. Here are a few of the moments that defined 2017.