Montana Outdoors

April 21, 2014

Mid-April arrivals

As the weather here has warmed a bit more toward a more normal April, more species of wildflowers have begun to appear. Here are a few more species making their appearance, including one that I have not before noticed or identified; another member of the Saxifrage family (sure wish these were larger).

Oregon grape

Oregon grape

Oregon grape ~ Berberis aquifolium

redstem stork's bill, common stork's bill

Redstem Stork’s bill, Common Stork’s Bill ~ Erodium cicutarium

Northern Biscuitroot

Northern Biscuitroot ~Lomatium farinosum

Shooting star

Shooting star ~ Dodecatheon pulchellum

Maiden blue eyed mary

Maiden blue eyed mary ~ Collinsia parviflora

Glacier Lily; Dogtoothed Violet

Glacier Lily ~ Erythronium grandiflorum

Nuttall's saxifrage

Nuttall’s saxifrage ~ Saxifraga nuttallii

April 18, 2014

Going around in a circle

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:35 pm

Peak Saxifrage ~ Micranthes nidifica

Peak Saxifrage ~ Micranthes nidifica

Peak Saxifrage ~ Micranthes nidifica

I had to laugh tonight while looking for more information about this rather odd wildflower (or herb as some sources call it). The 8th source that showed up in a Google search was this site which was my own blog post from about this same time last year.

April 16, 2014

A small Trillium celebration

On April 18, 2008 while hiking the Munson Creek trail in the TeePee/Spring Creek roadless area, about 2 miles from the trailhead I encountered the largest bloom of trilliums that I’ve ever seen. On April 18 of every year since, I have visited that same place to celebrate the beautiful annual bloom of trilliums. It is sad this year for me to realize that I am not up to that steep hike, not yet, and so today I had a small trillium celebration and photo session not very far up from the trail head where there are several dozen blooming near the footbridge over the creek.

Western White Trillium, Pacific Trillium ~ Trillium ovatum

Western White trillium, Pacific Trillium

Western White trillium, Pacific Trillium

Western White trillium, Pacific Trillium

Western White trillium, Pacific Trillium

Western White trillium, Pacific Trillium

Western White trillium, Pacific Trillium

April 4, 2014

Early little ones

Woodland star

Woodland Star ~ Lithophragma parviflorum

Such a tiny (about .25 inches across) blossom and so fragile that it floats on even the tiniest breeze, it is still one of the earliest and hardiest of the wildflowers. Things cannot always be understood at the first glance.

Yellow Bell

Yellow Bell ~ Fritillaria pudica

A Whitetail doe was grazing on the hillside just below this small blossom in the evening of the second day of its bloom: in the morning the flower was gone. Life can take a sudden turn in this world in which we live.

March 24, 2014

It’s a start

Filed under: Spring, Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 7:52 pm

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush Buttercup ~ Ranunculus glaberrimus Hook

Yesterday buried under a fresh coat of snow, today a new optimism.

March 20, 2014

A second chance

Filed under: Montana — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:25 am

Baldy Roadless area

Photo taken in the Baldy Mountain Roadless area at about 7000 feet (Photo taken in October, 2013)

Spring Creek

Spring Creek flowing beneath the cedars several miles below Big Hole Peak (Photo from May, 2008)

Rock Lake

Rock Lake in western Montana’s Cabinet Mountains Wilderness (Photo taken in August, 2013)

Thanks to the knowledge and skill of a brilliant orthopedic surgeon and his surgery team, an excellent hospital staff and the ongoing effort of a superb physical therapist, I will, in a few more months, be able to again visit places like those in the above photos. For the technology and the people who make it all work I am very thankful!

I am very grateful also for all of the good wishes and encouragement from all of you who have visited and participated in my blog. It has meant very much to me. Thank all of you!

I’m now able to sit at the computer for more than a couple of minutes at a time and will be able to slowly begin responding and visiting all of you again and resume posting on Montana Outdoors. I expect that it will be into July before I can post new photos taken on any new forays into Montana’s wild places, but there are plenty of un-used photos in my library that I will post in the interim.

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