Montana Outdoors

August 4, 2008

Fishin’ trip

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Bird’s-foot trefoil, Lotus corniculatus

Bird's-foot trefoil, (Lotus corniculatus)

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True forget-me-not, Myosotis scorpioides

True forget-me-not, (Myosotis scorpioides)

True forget-me-not, (Myosotis scorpioides)

Harebells, Bluebells of Scotland

Harebells, Bluebells of Scotland

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Fireweed

Fireweed

Oh, fish? Yep, kept one dozen fat little Brook Trout, caught on my invention (lead fly) and standard Gray Hackle (dropper). Little Thompson River. Released 40.

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  1. beautiful flowers… I’m in love with the Bird’s-foot trefoil (I can’t say I’ve ever seen one) & the deep rich color of your forget me nots. Neat finds!!

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    Comment by loriaull — August 4, 2008 @ 9:00 pm

  2. That’s the first Bird’s Foot I’ve seen, or maybe just the first I’ve noticed. I guess I’m looking closer now than ever before, which, as it turns out, is a very good thing. This is a terrific year too because we don’t have the big fires. Last year this time I couldn’t get into the forests as I can now.

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    Comment by montucky — August 4, 2008 @ 9:35 pm

  3. I like the asters 🙂

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    Comment by Tabbie — August 4, 2008 @ 10:32 pm

  4. Brook trout are mighty tasty too. Yum.

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    Comment by Tabbie — August 4, 2008 @ 10:34 pm

  5. Yay!! You caught wildflowers and fish! A successful fishing trip. 😀

    And beautiful pictures for us to look at too!

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    Comment by Sara — August 5, 2008 @ 8:23 am

  6. Quite a haul.

    Lucky for us all.

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    Comment by Pinhole — August 5, 2008 @ 8:30 am

  7. I also love the Birds foot trefoil. Next time, take some pictures of pretty fish, too!

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    Comment by teaspoon — August 5, 2008 @ 8:35 am

  8. Tabbie,
    I like them too. There are lots of them here now and they add so much color to the mountain sides.

    I have an old friend who just loves the little Brookies and several times during the summer I go out and catch a bunch for her. One of those jobs that I really like to do!

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    Comment by montucky — August 5, 2008 @ 11:47 am

  9. Sara,
    Yes, there’s always something to bring back from an outdoors trip here, as you’ll soon see when you get to Missoula. I just wish you could have seen that area the way it was when I was a kid!

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    Comment by montucky — August 5, 2008 @ 11:48 am

  10. Teaspoon,
    I thought about taking some photos of the fish, just didn’t get around to doing it for some reason. I’ll try to remember next time!

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    Comment by montucky — August 5, 2008 @ 11:49 am

  11. Pinhole,
    There’s always something! Yesterday I was lucky too. Had a good hike and brought back a bunch of huckleberries!

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    Comment by montucky — August 5, 2008 @ 11:52 am

  12. sounds like you had a good day, lots of fish and lots of flowers.

    I love these pictures, especially the ones w/ the rain (dew?) drops on them.

    I think I like the forget me not and the purple “spiky” ones best…

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    Comment by silken — August 5, 2008 @ 11:55 am

  13. Those are rain drops. It was the only rain we’ve seen for over a month now and it amounted to only about ten minutes of very light rain, but it was very much appreciated.

    I’m a little surprised to see the flowers staying around this long into the summer at low altitudes, but maybe it makes a difference along the stream. The larger valleys are bone dry now and the Forest Service now warns that the fire danger is “Extreme”, at least at low elevations.

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    Comment by montucky — August 5, 2008 @ 1:08 pm

  14. Many years ago Birdsfoot Trefoil was grown here in the Lake Champlain Valley (NY/VT) as a cash crop. Seed was harvested in a local plant. Would see fields of just solid yellow! Re: your trout,… what time is supper? 🙂

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    Comment by Cedar — August 5, 2008 @ 3:03 pm

  15. I bet those fields were pretty! Was the seed sold for flower purposes?

    We have trout fairly frequently, although prefer the larger ones, cooked with lemon, salt, and a little onion on the grill. Were you here, you would be welcome! It’s scary to see trout prices in the grocery stores and here we almost take it for granted.

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    Comment by montucky — August 5, 2008 @ 4:46 pm

  16. I’m not sure what the seed was used for,…. perhaps a fodder crop for cattle? I’ll ask around and get back to you. That was at least 30 years ago.

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    Comment by Cedar — August 5, 2008 @ 7:22 pm

  17. the forget-me-nots shall not be forgotten! They are unforgettably beautiful indeed!

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    Comment by Sumedh — August 6, 2008 @ 8:51 am

  18. You’re right, Sumedh! They are very pretty little things. So tiny and yet so optimistic!

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    Comment by montucky — August 6, 2008 @ 11:22 am

  19. I thought for a long while you went just fishing for flowers. Ah, but you did get to some fish fishing, too. And sounds like you had great catching, too. Yum!

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    Comment by Bo — August 7, 2008 @ 11:31 am

  20. It’s very difficult for me to concentrate on just one thing. Usually I end up with something or some things that I hadn’t thought about when I started. Last week I went on a hike for scenery and ended up with flowers and huckleberries. Isn’t the outdoors great?

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    Comment by montucky — August 7, 2008 @ 6:47 pm


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