Montana Outdoors

August 31, 2008

Late summer

Filed under: Environment, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — montucky @ 8:09 pm

“And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.”








European Mountain Ash

European Mountain Ash




Bear scat

(Sorry, I couldn’t resist!)

(Photographed along the Koo Koo Sint trail.)


  1. Hahaha…love the bear droppings. You can sure see he ate a good bellyfull of berries. 😛

    The kinnikinnik is amazingly beautiful. I have not seen this plant before. Is it edible? Is it considered to be an alpine type plant? Does it grow in the soil or more on the rocks and in the crevices of rocks?


    Comment by Tabbie — August 31, 2008 @ 9:01 pm

  2. There were numerous piles of bear droppings and by the size, I take them to be from Grizzly: that area is within the Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Recovery Area and is considered occupied grizzly bear habitat. It was a huge bear, anyway.

    Kinnikinnik is another favorite plant of mine. It is perhaps correctly spelled Kinnikinnick and is also know as Bearberry. I usually see it at higher elevations, but it also grows lower if the moisture levels are correct for it. It’s a low growing plant (around 6 inches) and will often cover very large areas. The photo shows it among rocks, but that is just by chance. It is pretty much free growing within openings in the forest. The leaves are usually dark green. Blossoms look like THIS. It is also a plant that can be cultivated.

    The berries are tasteless but nourishing. They are a favorite food of Blue Grouse and I’ve also found them in the crops of Ruffed Grouse. They are eaten by deer and elk as well as bear, birds and rodents, and I understand they can be ground and made into a nourishing flour for human consumption.


    Comment by montucky — August 31, 2008 @ 9:37 pm

  3. oh, the clematis is gorgeous!


    Comment by Sumedh — September 1, 2008 @ 6:10 am

  4. I have seen some bear scat in the nature preserve behind the campus. It has a cub apparently, so we have to really be cautious.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — September 1, 2008 @ 8:11 am

  5. Sumedh,

    I like the rather wistful shapes of them. I took pictures of several more too and they each are a little different.


    Comment by montucky — September 1, 2008 @ 9:22 am

  6. Scienceguy,

    It’s always good to be careful if you think there are cubs around, but they should be getting pretty big by now and wary by themselves. That’s great to have a preserve so close!


    Comment by montucky — September 1, 2008 @ 9:24 am

  7. It’s my understanding that bear droppings turn into beargrass

    Nice kinnickkinnick picture.



    Comment by knightofswords — September 1, 2008 @ 3:00 pm

  8. Or the other way around. I was happy to see that patch of Kinnikinnik with the ripe berries. That’s about as pretty a patch of it as I’ve seen. I love the stuff anyway!


    Comment by montucky — September 1, 2008 @ 7:56 pm

  9. nice! well, except for that last shot… 🙂


    Comment by silken — September 2, 2008 @ 7:49 am

  10. I know. But that’s a sign of fall, too.


    Comment by montucky — September 2, 2008 @ 8:09 am

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