Montana Outdoors

May 23, 2008

Is it spring yet?

Yesterday in a light rain that started early and continued all day, these bloomed for the first time at the Clark Fork valley level (elevation 2,500 feet):

Sticky Geranium, Geranium viscosissimum

Sticky Geranium

Sticky Geranium

Sticky Geranium

but about 5 miles away it still looked like this (elevation 5,600 feet). About a half mile from here I got my first look at a big bear this year. Too bad he didn’t stay around for a photo shoot!

Near Big Hole lookout trailhead

(Sticky Geranium at USDA Plants)

(Sticky Geranium at


  1. What a lovely wildflower! It’s interesting seeing snow on the ground near where you are – we’re just about done w/spring here and heading into summer.


    Comment by Adam R. Paul — May 23, 2008 @ 10:00 pm

  2. Last week we had a day in the mid 80’s but it has cooled down again. Up there in that snow with a wind blowing reminded me again what winter felt like!


    Comment by montucky — May 23, 2008 @ 10:17 pm

  3. Here, spring seems to have arrived for good. I fear that we may not be out of the tunnel yet, because every time I seem to say that, the temperature dips down again.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — May 24, 2008 @ 1:47 pm

  4. With the strange weather we’ve had, we might see the next snow season start before last year’s has all melted.


    Comment by montucky — May 24, 2008 @ 3:29 pm

  5. It’s been raining here for what feels like forever. The plants are lush because of it – I’ve noticed any overcast day is a good take to take pictures of wildflowers. I have always loved your sticky geranium plants I don’t think I’ve ever seen one over here. Your first bear sighting! I’m jealous we went to see if the guy on the mt. has woken up and all his markings are around & are fresh but alas no sighting of him. The good news is we are hiking this evening… hopefully we’ll be a lucky as you were! Beautiful shots!


    Comment by aullori — May 24, 2008 @ 3:44 pm

  6. We’re getting a little rain here too… much needed and appreciated! The USDA site shows the geranium growing in Washington, but I don’t know if it’s in your area. It’s really a pretty blossom!

    I’ve seen a lot of bear sign, just about everywhere I’ve been. I think they’ve had a good couple of years. I haven’t been able to get into the area where I think they are most plentiful yet because of the snow.


    Comment by montucky — May 24, 2008 @ 9:16 pm

  7. Still snow? – I thought most would be gone by now. Though I am camping and it is about 40 out so it is still cold all over. Thank God I found a coffee shop for a little pick me up, and a warm me up.


    Comment by Bo — May 24, 2008 @ 9:39 pm

  8. There are probably a lot of campers around here too on the long weekend, but if so they’re wet ones. I decided to get wet only in the daytime and it feels good inside with a fire going tonight!


    Comment by montucky — May 24, 2008 @ 10:29 pm

  9. oh quick side note; I have seen the sticky geranium in real life once (it was @ Yellowstone NP) but no place else.


    Comment by aullori — May 26, 2008 @ 2:11 pm

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