Montana Outdoors

March 23, 2008

Easter crocus

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 12:22 pm

It’s seems appropriate that this, our first crocus of the year, chose to open on Easter morning.

Easter crocus

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March 22, 2008

Can’t stay away from the buttercups (1)

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: — montucky @ 3:54 pm

Hi, my name’s Montucky and I have an addiction to buttercups. (It has been a long winter.)

Buttercups

Buttercups

Buttercup

Buttercup in the snow

Buttercup

Buttercup

March 21, 2008

First Crocus of 2008

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Spring — montucky @ 6:54 pm

This is a descendant of a crocus one of my aunts planted some time during the 50’s in a special spot right near the house. It makes a point of being the very first to bloom each spring, even though we have planted many more in other locations. Today its blossom is still furled, awaiting the next sunny day to fully open. That’s not a rain drop on the petal: it’s a tear drop from snow flakes that gently settled there during the night and melted in the first few rays of the morning’s sun. Winter’s last tear as it bows its head, ends its season of white, and steps aside for the reign of the new spring.

Crocus

And this? It looks like a fern but it’s really nothing more than a tiny weed. I didn’t tell it that though: I told it that it was very beautiful indeed and an extra special little gift to spring! It’s all in one’s perspective after all, isn’t it?

Weed with great expectations

March 20, 2008

Buttercup variety

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: — montucky @ 6:47 pm

On a hike today I noticed, at a distance, a very bright buttercup. I nearly ignored it, thinking that I needed another photo of a buttercup just about as much as I needed one more of a white tailed deer, but went over anyway to get a closer look. I’m glad I did: it is the third distinctly different version that I’ve seen this spring. (Count the petals on the one in the third photo.)

The usual:

Buttercup

The unusual:

Buttercup

The really unusual:

Buttercup

March 19, 2008

Don’t overlook the little ones

Filed under: Montana, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — montucky @ 6:31 pm

During a leisurely stroll down by the river yesterday, this came by on the tracks above.

Rail Link

It’s either brand new or someone did one heck of a job washing and waxing it. Either way it just had to be photographed, and standing 12 – 15 feet tall, fifty feet long and weighing in at what, maybe 50 tons, it just had to be noticed.

These however, growing just 100 feet from the tracks, on the river bank below, would have been very easy to overlook. They are only an eighth of an inch across and an inch tall, and personally I greatly prefer them to the locomotive, even if I have absolutely no idea what they are. They are only the second flower I’ve seen in bloom here this spring. (Revised after some great sleuthing by Winterwoman, theseflowers are Whitlow Grass draba verna)

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March 18, 2008

High hopes

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Trees — montucky @ 6:47 pm

This little pine is growing right out of some huge rocks about twenty feet above the surface of the Clark Fork river. It has high hopes of becoming a big old pine some day. I sure hope it will make it!

Aspiring pine

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