Montana Outdoors

July 26, 2007

Mullein and knotheads

Filed under: Birds, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — montucky @ 7:26 pm

This late in the summer there are not many new flowers blooming around here but this plant has just begun. The plant itself is ugly but the blossom is pretty (at least I think it is) and people for many centuries have used it for all kinds of medicinal purposes.

Mullein

Mullein

This little lady finds the Mullein useful however. She’s a Hairy Woodpecker and is getting lots of insects and I don’t know what else out of the stalk.

Hairy Woodpecker, female

While on that subject, here are a couple males of the species, I think a father and son.

Hairy Woodpeckers

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July 25, 2007

Spots

The joy of new life and the pleasant expectation of tomorrow…

Whitetail fawn

Whitetail fawn

Whitetail fawn

The world just would not be nearly as bright if the wild country were gone and this could no longer be seen.

July 24, 2007

SuperMunk

Filed under: Animals, Chipmunks, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — montucky @ 7:16 pm

Quiet and unassuming by day,

Chipmunk

a fearsome protector of the wild country by night.

Chipmunk

“Who was that masked Munk?”

East and West

Filed under: Clouds, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Sunsets — montucky @ 10:48 am

What a difference 180º makes. These two photos were taken at about 8:30 last night, the first toward the west, the second toward the east. They were taken ten minutes apart.

Sunset

Clouds

July 23, 2007

A study in brown

Filed under: Butterflies, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — montucky @ 3:15 pm

Late July in Montana is a brown time. This little guy fits right in.

Butterfly

July 22, 2007

From the other side

Filed under: Clouds, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Storm clouds, Sunsets — montucky @ 2:13 pm

I don’t know if this phenomenon occurs in non-mountains areas or not. At sunset there was a dark storm overhead and to the west, but at a compass reading of 135º (directly southeast) a window in the sky opened and orange clouds showed through: the other side of the sunset.

Sunset in the east

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