Montana Outdoors

April 10, 2008

April 9

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Spring — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:23 pm

While spring is beginning here in western Montana, it doesn’t have the same look everywhere. These photos were taken only a few hours and three miles apart.

Spring is in bloom in the Clark Fork Valley, (I like the Woodland Star in pink)

Woodland Star, Pink

but not so much in the side canyons, in this case Weeksville Creek. The Spring Creek trail (USFS trail 340) is not quite ready for hiking yet. Here’s what the trail looks like about a half mile from the trail head.

Spring Creek Trail


  1. You live in a gorgeous place. What a dear little flower. I love it.


    Comment by nouveaufauves — April 10, 2008 @ 11:28 pm

  2. Yes, it is a beautiful place. It seems like there is almost always something very pleasant to see here.


    Comment by montucky — April 10, 2008 @ 11:45 pm

  3. Amazing contrasts there; but these are the disparities the climate crisis is bound to exhibit now…

    Anyway, that flower is totally gorgeous!


    Comment by Sumedh — April 11, 2008 @ 12:27 am

  4. Ohy, I don’t know, that trail looks ready enough for me even if there are some sections where I might need snowshoes.



    Comment by knightofswords — April 11, 2008 @ 8:01 am

  5. Sumedh,

    I’m still fascinated by the Woodland Star. It’s so tiny and fragile and yet it must have some purpose in the scheme of things.


    Comment by montucky — April 11, 2008 @ 8:13 am

  6. Cool, I’ve never seen a pink woodland star, although the usual white ones are common in shady forested areas here. Quite a contrast between that & the snow!


    Comment by Adam R. Paul — April 11, 2008 @ 8:14 am

  7. Malcolm,

    I’ll wait until there is bare ground to walk on before I take that trail. It starts at about 2700 feet but goes up to almost 7,000 over a distance of about 10 miles. I just heard that near the top there are the remains of a trapper’s cabin from back around the turn of the century, and he used to hike up there every few days to tend his traps. This summer I’ll see what the hike is like!


    Comment by montucky — April 11, 2008 @ 8:17 am

  8. Adam,

    I’ve seen traces of pink on these flowers, but rarely a pink one like this. I think I was lucky to stumble upon it!


    Comment by montucky — April 11, 2008 @ 8:19 am

  9. Beautiful shots! I love the woodland star shot too. I can relate to the snow shots… I avoid them when I can but it’s funky. I just finally got down to the creek – which was deep in snow long after my yard. We start geocaching at this time and some you can’t find because some areas only get about two hours of sun and are still deep in snow.


    Comment by aullori — April 11, 2008 @ 4:41 pm

  10. Yes, it will be some time still before the deep snow is gone. It’s a good thing, really!


    Comment by montucky — April 11, 2008 @ 6:57 pm

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