Montana Outdoors

May 6, 2015

Today in the Swamp Creek canyon:

Pioneer Violet

Pioneer Violet ~ Viola glabella

Large-leaf Sandwort

Large-leaf Sandwort ~ Moehringia macrophylla

Small White Violet

Small White Violet ~ Viola macloskeyi

Siberian springbeauty

Siberian springbeauty ~ Claytonia sibirica

Smallflower Miterwort, Side-flowered Mitrewort, Cross-shaped Mitrewort

Smallflower Miterwort, Side-flowered Mitrewort, Cross-shaped Mitrewort ~ Ozomelis stauropetala

The yellow violets were blooming in the bubbling water of a spring that was flowing right out of a steep hillside. At the base of the hillside the water accumulated into a tiny stream and at the very edge of that, the white violets bloomed. A fairly subtle difference in habitat, but yet quite a distinct one.

May 4, 2015

And don’t forget the Fairyslippers…

More wildflowers are showing up just about every day now. It’s just a matter of getting out where they are!


Lemonweed ~ Lithospermum ruderale

Wild Strawberry

Wild Strawberry ~ Fragaria virginiana

Heart-leaved Arnica

Heart-leaved Arnica ~ Arnica cordifolia

Early Blue Violet

Early Blue Violet ~ Viola adunca

Fairyslipper, Calypso Orchid

Fairyslipper, Calypso Orchid

Fairyslipper, Calypso Orchid

Fairyslipper, Calypso Orchid ~ Calypso bulbosa

May 3, 2015

Wild Geranium

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 4:22 pm

Sticky Geranium

Sticky Geranium ~ Geranium viscosissimum

April 30, 2015

Four days later

Filed under: Baldy Mountain roadless area, Spring — montucky @ 8:48 pm

Today I returned to the trail that was in snow four days ago. I hiked only the first mile of it though because most of it looked like this, with several dozen blow-downs over the trail in just a mile:

Mt Baldy trail

and it was cold (the wind chill made it feel like about 15ºF), but it got me high enough for a few views to the south.

From the Baldy trail From the Baldy trail From the Baldy trail

April 26, 2015

Spring day in Montana

Filed under: Montana — montucky @ 7:56 pm

Corona road

Corona road

Corona road

Corona road

Mt Baldy trail head

Mt Baldy trail

April 24, 2015

In the last few days…

Many, many years ago, someone driving along Highway 200 tossed out the core of a pear and the seeds took root. The little tree was too close to the highway and the highway crews cut it down year after year. And each year at least a little part remained on the side furthest from the road. This year there is a branch that has formed what may be a new trunk, far enough from the roadway that it might survive. It has grown to about 8 feet high and is just covered with the most beautiful blossoms.

Pear blossoms

Pear blossoms

More species of wildflowers have also begun to bloom, some very early, I think, but surely very welcome!

Meadow death-camas

Meadow death-camas ~ Zigadenus venenosus

Field Chickweed

Field Chickweed ~ Cerastium arvense

Slender Hawksbeard

Slender Hawksbeard ~ Crepis atrabarba

Peak Saxifrage

Peak Saxifrage – Micranthes nidifica

Field Pussytoes

Field Pussytoes ~ Antennaria neglecta

Upland Larkspur

Upland Larkspur ~ Delphinium nuttallianum

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