Montana Outdoors

May 31, 2007

May wild flowers, part 8

All flowers aren’t, well, just flowers. These unusual blossoms will, a little later in the summer, turn into wild currents.

Wild currents blossoming

And these will become large clumps of tiny, steel-blue colored Elderberries.

Elderberry blossoms

The grouse will be pleased when these little Kinnikinnik flowers turn into bright red berries, one of their favorite foods.

Kinnikinnik in bloom

Just recently the Indian Paint Brushes have started to bloom now in various places around here, adding nice splashes of red to the more open parts of the forest..

Indian Paint Brush

Along the edges of the meadows, where they are exposed to direct sun, these Trumpet Vines are climbing on the larger bushes and displaying their own version of orange.

Trumpet Vine

And at a higher elevation, in the deep shade of the creek bottom, the Calypso Orchids are still in bloom.

Calypso Orchid

These photos were taken on May 24 and May 25, 2007 at elevations from 2,500 feet to 3,500 feet along a two mile stretch of Buffalo Bill Creek in Western Montana.

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