Montana Outdoors

April 25, 2019

On the road to the Big Hole L.O. trail head

Filed under: Cabinet Mountains — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:50 pm

Renegade Trailhawk

Among all of the many nice things about wildflowers are the places in which they live.


Today’s wildflower finds

This afternoon it seemed to me that I ought to check the area of West Swamp Creek (about 20 miles to the southwest of my home). Sure enough, there were several species blooming there in profusion and I was glad that I paid attention to my hunch.

Small White Violet

Small White Violet ~ Viola macloskeyi

Both the white and yellow violets are growing right in the water of a small spring fed stream, which makes photographing them a rather wet and messy endeavor, but that’s alright because it is now warm!

Pioneer Violet

Pioneer Violet ~ Viola glabella

Pioneer Violet and Alpine Springbeauty

Alpine Springbeauty

Alpine Springbeauty ~ Claytonia megarhiza

Glacier Lily

Glacier Lily ~ Erythronium grandiflorum

Shooting Star

Shooting Star ~ Dodecatheon pulchellum

Small Bluebells

Small Bluebells ~ Mertensia longiflora

Slender Phlox

Slender Phlox ~ Microsteris gracilis

April 23, 2019


Spring has finally come to this part of western Montana and the first wildflowers are now starting to bloom. Everything here is about a month late this year.

Woodland Star

Woodland Star ~ Lithophragma glabrum

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush Buttercup ~ Ranunculus glaberrimus

White Trillium

White Trillium ~ Trillium ovatum

Yellow Glacier Lily

Yellow Glacier Lily ~ Erythronium grandiflorum

February 28, 2019


Filed under: Birds — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 10:52 pm

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl ~ Aegolius acadicus

February 27, 2019

Very pleasant encounter

Filed under: Birds, Winter — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 10:52 pm

This little guy paid a visit here this afternoon, which was very surprising because they are highly nocturnal and therefore seldom seen. In fact, this is the only one that I have ever seen. What a thrill to see him right up close!

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl ~ Aegolius acadicus

February 21, 2019

There’s snow on them thar hills

Baldy Mountain

Baldy Mountain in the Cabinet mountain range in western Montana.

Coeur d'Alene Mountains

Coeur d'Alene Mountains

The Coeur d’Alene Mountains in western Montana and eastern Idaho.

All three photos were all taken within the distance of a mile; the first one looking north and the other two looking south.

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