Montana Outdoors

June 25, 2008

Orange and Yellow

The Honeysuckle is now blooming in the woods and it was surprising today to see Stonecrop, usually a blossom of late summer. Between the two though, they really brighten things up!

Orange Honeysuckle, lonicera ciliosa

Orange Honeysuckle

Orange Honeysuckle

Orange Honeysuckle

Stonecrop sedum

Stonecrop

Stonecrop

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June 24, 2008

A beauty and a beast

Often when attempting to frame exactly the shot I want of a flower, I end up lying on the ground, crawling around through the shrubbery, or slithering along like a snake, and that’s what I was doing today while photographing this Bear Grass blossom. (The beauty)

Bear Grass, xerophyllum tenax

Bear Grass

Suddenly, off to my left and quite close, I saw a quick movement and turned my head slowly to see a visitor (The beast). He either didn’t notice me because I was down inside the foliage or perhaps just didn’t consider me to be a threat (which I wasn’t) and so approached quite close, stood on a log and nibbled on some leaves. Since my camera was already on I was able to get a photo of him even though it was directly into the sun. He was a pleasant little fellow and he even gave me a few tips about getting the exposure right for certain Bear Grass photos.

Columbian Ground Squirrel.

Columbian Ground Squirrel

Columbian Ground Squirrel from Lewis-Clark.org

June 23, 2008

Scarlet Gilia

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 3:45 pm

I’ve always loved the vivid, bright color of these summer wildflowers, one of the few true reds I see in this area.

Scarlet Gilia, gilia aggregataScarlet Gilia

Scarlet Gilia

Scarlet Gilia

Scarlet Gilia

June 22, 2008

Mountain Lady’s Slipper

This member of the Orchid family is always a real treat to discover in the back country. It is near extinction in many areas and rare in others. Acting on a tip from a friend, I made a short trip into the Weeksville Creek area in the Cabinet Mountains today and found several dozen of them in bloom. Previously I had only seen them ten miles away, in the Coeur D’Alene mountains.

Mountain Lady’s slipper, Cypripedium montanum
Mountain Lady's slipper

Mountain Lady's slipper

Mountain Lady's slipper

Mountain Lady's slipper

Mountain Lady's slipper

June 21, 2008

Patrick’s Creek

This small meadow is along the lower end of Patrick’s Creek not far from where it flows into the Clark Fork River as the big river takes a short journey of twenty miles due east through the Coeur d’Alene Mountains of western Montana before turning sharply to the left and resuming its northward flow toward its rendezvous with the Pacific.

The pure, cold water of this small stream flows untouched and undisturbed through the Patrick’s Knob roadless area from its origin on the pine and fir covered slopes of the peak over four thousand feet above this narrow valley.

As I filled my canteens here and lashed them back on my pack I reflected on how much I love this remaining wild country and how strongly I hope we will have the wisdom to keep it wild for those who will grow to love it after we are gone!

Patrick’s Creek
Patrick's Creek

The longest three mile trail in Montana (Part 2)

Here are some of the flowers which grow along the lower part of trail 205. (Yes, I do favor the Harebells: I see so few of them and those only in this general area of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains.)

Harebells, campanula rotundifolia
Harebells, Bluebells of Scotland

Harebells, Bluebells of Scotland

Harebells, Bluebells of Scotland

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Orange Honeysuckle, lonicera ciliosa
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