Montana Outdoors

June 12, 2008

Early winter

There was a snow storm in western Montana yesterday and we’re planning a wood cutting trip this weekend, and so I made a brief exploratory trip to Siegel pass today with the Jeep to see if the road was passable (and to get a few shots of wildflowers). It was passable after I removed three trees that were across it (I only had to use my axe on one of them, which reminded me of the value of a chain saw) but it’s really, really difficult to photograph wildflowers that are under 4 inches of new, wet snow!

Siegel pass

Above Siegel Pass

Siegel Creek Divide

Once I arrived back down in the valley though, this colorful wild pea caught my eye.

Vetch, Wild pea, Vicia cracca

Vetch, Wild pea

18 Comments »

  1. You live in an area that seems to allow fllowers that are closest to my favorite color (usually only seen in the Kansas skies at gloaming in June, deep warm purpley indigo blue) to proliferate! Beautiful color on those!

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    Comment by katkmeanders — June 12, 2008 @ 6:20 pm

  2. This particular group of flowers really has that deep color. Others, maybe a different species, are a lighter shade, but a very resonant color. A group of these can really decorate a hillside!

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    Comment by montucky — June 12, 2008 @ 6:24 pm

  3. Gorgeous shots…you got a bit of snow also!

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    Comment by Ann from Montana — June 13, 2008 @ 5:44 am

  4. This blog is just what I needed. Flowers and Montana fresh air! Thank You!

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    Comment by Marie — June 13, 2008 @ 6:30 am

  5. Wow, a June snowstorm, who’d have thunk it? Cool photos (literally!)

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    Comment by Adam R. Paul — June 13, 2008 @ 8:18 am

  6. Ann,

    The snow level in this area was about 4,000 feet so we could see it from home. These photos were from 5,000 to (the one with the Jeep in it), 6,000.

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    Comment by montucky — June 13, 2008 @ 8:21 am

  7. Marie,

    I’m glad you like those things! Thanks for visiting!

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    Comment by montucky — June 13, 2008 @ 8:22 am

  8. These summer snows are an interesting break because they melt fairly quickly. Something you have to think about though, hiking the back country.

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    Comment by montucky — June 13, 2008 @ 8:24 am

  9. can’t even imagine! oh, btw, I saw some bluebonnets planted near a new subdivision. never seen them in bloom in June before! and I wanted to let you know that I started a new blog at my own domain (http://madameblogalot.com/) w/ another to hopefully follow soon! I added you to my blog roll. this one is still brand new, but maybe you can stop by and check it out sometime…

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    Comment by silken — June 13, 2008 @ 9:56 am

  10. It’s surprising what flowers will do sometimes.

    I will certainly stop by and check out your new site!

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    Comment by montucky — June 13, 2008 @ 10:10 am

  11. It’s 92 in the shade here in AZ. Your photos are cooling and soothing to the soul! Keep up the great work!

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    Comment by Maureen — June 13, 2008 @ 5:39 pm

  12. Oh how I remember that Arizona heat! I’ll try to keep a little of the cool mountain air flowing down your way!

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    Comment by montucky — June 13, 2008 @ 8:28 pm

  13. Montucky,

    Thank you! I happened across your site last November while looking for photos of Montana to share with my Okinawan co-workers. WOW! I have since visited your Blog every couple of days and shared it with my family and friends. I am from Troy MT and have spent 15 of the last 17 years of my civil service years overseas (both sides of the pond) only returning home for a few weeks every couple of years on leave. I am near retirement and will be coming home to Troy soon, who knew it would go by so fast?? It is so cool to see my heritage through your eyes (legs-ankles-back…ha ha) and to know the real names of the flowers I grew up with ,(I knew them as Trilliums, Lady Slippers, Indian Moccasins, Shooting Stars and them”Pretty Little Blue Ones!”. I send “Flowers” to my daughters in Spokane and my wife of 35 years ( who is here in Okinawa with me) every other day or so-thanks to you. Every morning when I log on at work I get a few minutes of clarity with the Montana news via Montucky. Oh to see the Montana outdoors with you! Thank you my friend. Larry J. of Troy-just over the hill and down the valley . :O)

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    Comment by Larry O,Neil — June 14, 2008 @ 12:31 am

  14. Montucky,

    Thank you! I happened across your site last November while looking for photos of Montana to share with my Okinawan co-workers. WOW! I have since visited your Blog every couple of days and shared it with my family and friends. I am from Troy MT and have spent 15 of the last 17 years of my civil service years overseas (both sides of the pond) only returning home for a few weeks every couple of years on leave. I am near retirement and will be coming home to Troy soon, who knew it would go by so fast?? It is so cool to see my heritage through your eyes (legs-ankles-back…ha ha) and to know the real names of the flowers I grew up with ,(I knew them as Trilliums, Lady Slippers, Indian Moccasins, Shooting Stars and them”Pretty Little Blue Ones!”. I send “Flowers” to my daughters in Spokane and my wife of 35 years ( who is here in Okinawa with me) every other day or so-thanks to you. Every morning when I log on at work I get a few minutes of clarity with the Montana news via Montucky. Oh to see the Montana outdoors with you! Thank you my friend. Larry J. of Troy-just over the hill and down the valley . :O) Oh-Nice bear!!

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    Comment by Larry O'Neil — June 14, 2008 @ 12:33 am

  15. Larry,

    Thank you for visiting my blog! I’m so glad you have enjoyed the flowers!

    I’ll bet you’re anxious to return to Troy. I, too, spent over twenty years away from Montana, although I was in Arizona, not overseas. I know exactly what it’s like to be away from this place and what it’s like to come back!

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    Comment by montucky — June 14, 2008 @ 7:15 pm

  16. A couple of years ago I was in the Smokies photographing wildflowers in late April, when the temp dropped about 30 degrees and we received about 4 inches of snow overnight.

    Kinda put the damper on the whole wildflower thing 😉

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    Comment by Bernie Kasper — June 16, 2008 @ 9:03 am

  17. It sure does! There wasn’t a flower in sight. Even the Bear grass which should be blooming by now hasn’t even started yet. Today though, after an over night temp of 39, it hit 81 and it’s supposed to stay hot this week. That should start some of the higher altitude blossoms.

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    Comment by montucky — June 16, 2008 @ 7:20 pm

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