Montana Outdoors

June 26, 2017

Today’s favorite (June 26)

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Large Mountain Monkey-flower

Large Mountain Monkey-flower ~ Erythranthe tilingii

June 25, 2017

The procession continues

Once the weather warmed up the wildflowers began to bloom with new species starting every day. It is hard to keep up with all of them.

Narrow-leaf Mountain-trumpet

Narrow-leaf Mountain-trumpet ~ Collomia linearis

Hound's Tongue

Hound’s Tongue ~ Cynoglossum officinale

American Vetch

American Vetch ~ Vicia americana

American Vetch and Bumble

Early Blue Violet


Viper’s-bugloss ~ Echium vulgare

Rose bud

American twinflower

American twinflower ~ Linnaea borealis

Queen's Cup

Queen’s Cup ~ Clintonia uniflora

White Sweet-vetch

White Sweet-vetch ~ Hedysarum sulphurescens

American speedwell

American speedwell ~ Veronica americana

Yellow Clover

Yellow Clover ~ Trifolium aureum

Bird's-foot Trefoil

Bird’s-foot Trefoil ~ Lotus corniculatus

Sulphur Penstemon

Sulphur Penstemon ~ Penstemon attenuatus

Oxeye Daisy

Oxeye Daisy ~ Leucanthemum vulgare

June 24, 2017

Think cool!

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Two miles up the Spring Creek trail on a hot summer day. Crystal clear, ice cold water cascading down a deep canyon under the canopy of tall, old-growth cedars…

Today’s favorite

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Spotted Coralroot

Spotted Coralroot ~ Corallorhiza maculata

June 23, 2017


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Pinkfairies, Deerhorn, Ragged Robin

Pinkfairies, Deerhorn, Ragged Robin ~ Clarkia pulchella

June 20, 2017

An unusual pair

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:25 pm

I was going to post some photos of the Baldy Mountain trail from last week, followed by some more of the 345 trail and then a bunch of wildflower species that just began to bloom. But then I ran into this unusual pair today and couldn’t resist posting a few photos of them. (My apologies to anyone who has an aversion to arachnids.)

Spotted Coralroot and yellow crab spider

Spotted Coralroot and yellow crab spider

Spotted Coralroot and yellow crab spider

Spotted Coralroot and yellow crab spider

I don’t understand exactly what the relationship is, but I see that the spider even has some of the orchid’s maroon color marking on its back. The crab spider wouldn’t leave the blossom even though I spent a half hour lying prone trying to steady the camera enough for a focused photo using both forearms, one hand and my hiking staff as a makeshift tripod with the lens only a couple of inches away from him. They must have some kind of mutually beneficial pact.

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