Montana Outdoors

August 14, 2019

Yesterday from Eddy Peak

Filed under: Cherry Peak roadless area — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:41 pm

From Eddy Peak

From Eddy Peak

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June 9, 2019

More May flowers

These are the rest of the wildflowers that I was able to photograph during May. Late rains have slowed down the bloom, but it looks like June will be a good month for flowers.

Meadowrue

Meadowrue ~ Thalictrum occidentale

Field Pussytoes

Field Pussytoes ~ Antennaria neglecta

Bog Saxifrage

Bog Saxifrage ~ Micranthes oregana

This is a rather unusual member of the saxifrage family, but rather interesting because of the colors.

Upland Larkspur

Upland Larkspur

Upland Larkspur ~ Delphinium nuttallianum

Shooting Star

Shooting Star ~ Dodecatheon pulchellum

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush ~ Castillleja miniata

Violets

Wild Violets ~ Viola Adunca

Lanceleaf Springbeauty

Lanceleaf Springbeauty ~ Claytonia lanceolata

Fairy Slipper

Fairy Slipper ~ Calypso Bulbosa

Probably the prettiest of the wild orchids in this region.

Elegant Cats-ear, Northwestern Mariposa

Elegant Cats-ear, Northwestern Mariposa Lily ~ Calochortus elegans

It’s a little unusual to see these in multiples.

Bitterroot

Bitterroot ~ Lewisia rediviva

The Bitterroot is the state flower of Montana. It was cherished by the indigenous people for its roots.

Northern Cinquefoil, Villous Cinquefoil

Northern Cinquefoil, Villous Cinquefoil ~ Potentilla villosa

May 31, 2019

May flowers

For several reasons (not to be considered adequate excuses) I have not posted many of the flowers that have bloomed in May this year. I will try to catch up a bit.

Falso Solomon's Seal

False Solomon’s Seal ~ Smilacina racemosa

Field Chickweed

Field Chickweed ~ Cerastium arvense

Heart leaf Arnica

Heart leaf Arnica~ Arnica cordifolia

Rusty Saxifrage

Rusty Saxifrage ~ Micranthes ferruginea

Ballhead Waterleaf

Ballhead Waterleaf

Ballhead Waterleaf

Ballhead Waterleaf

Ballhead Waterleaf ~ Hydrophyllum capitatum

Several photos of the Waterleaf have been included because it is rather special to me. I have encountered it in only two locations in all of my wanderings, these growing along an old logging road that runs below Big Hole Peak at an elevation of about 5,200 feet. It’s in a rather secluded location and few people around here ever get to see it.

 

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

Finally!

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

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