Montana Outdoors

July 26, 2014

Lunchroom ~ reservation not required

Baldy Lake

July 24, 2014

Backcountry bouquet

Beargrass on trail 340

Today, a cold summer day in the Baldy Mountain Roadless Area

July 20, 2014

The clover blossoms are not all that’s sweet.

Filed under: Animals, White-tail deer — Tags: — montucky @ 7:30 pm

White tail fawn

Most of the predators of the White-tail are color blind and they would see a monotone view. Here is the same photo converted to black & white:

Fawn B & W

July 13, 2014

Seldom seen

Filed under: Montana — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 10:42 pm

Mountain Hollyhock

Mountain Hollyhock, Wild Hollyhock ~ Lliamna rivularis

These are seldom seen in this area, but worth looking out for.

July 8, 2014

Growing in the spotlight

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:53 pm

Ocean Spray, Creambush

Ocean Spray ~ Holodiscus discolor

Even in a deep forest there are small places where sunlight peeks through and this fairly large plant found its own spotlight in which to flourish.

July 7, 2014

Stalking and stalked

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 10:10 pm

Spotted Coralroot

Spotted Coralroot

Spotted Coralroot

Spotted Coralroot ~ Corallorhiza maculata

These flowers are in the orchid family and are saprophytic. They do not have chlorophyll that most plants use for food production and therefore do not have green leaves. They derive their nutrients from decaying organic matter and because of their dependence on that they may be abundant in one part of a forest one year and completely absent there the next. Because they live in such close symbiotic association with soil fungi they cannot be be cultivated.

While I was slithering on my back through the tall grass like an inverted snake, stalking these wild orchids, I heard some noise in the thick brush off the trail which I first attributed to my dog, except that when I glanced up, she was quite close to me. It happened again a quarter of a mile further up the trail when I was in the prone position stalking a stand of Pipsissewa. I suspect it was a cougar just trying to figure out exactly who was slithering around in the middle of his living room. I would certainly do the same.

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