Montana Outdoors

April 30, 2009

Glacier Lilies

AKA Avalanche-lily, Dogtoothed violet, Erythronium grandiflorum

Glacier Lily

Glacier Lily

Glacier Lily

Glacier Lily

Glacier Lily

Glacier Lily

There! Maybe that got them out of my system!

April 29, 2009

After looking everywhere…

After wondering where these little ones were since the first wildflowers began to bloom, I ran across these today in the most unlikely place, a few miles up from my house in a bone-dry section of pine forest. Oh well…

Alpine Springbeauty

Alpine Springbeauty

Alpine Springbeauty

Alpine Springbeauty

(Claytonia megarhiza, Purslane family)

Wax currant

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The tiny blossoms of this plant which is called “gooseberry” locally are usually unnoticed at a distance but really quite pretty when one gets to see them up close. Often, people are like that.

Wax currant
Ribes cereum

April 28, 2009

Early Blue Violet

Sunday afternoon I was overjoyed when I came upon this pretty little face just a few feet above the Munson Creek trail; the first violet I’ve seen this year. It was all alone.

Early blue violet

Yesterday, when I saw that there was rain in the air, I just had to try to find it again. The trail head isn’t all that far from my home, and I sure wanted to see raindrops on that blossom! After some searching (they’re pretty small), here is what I found:

Early Blue Violet

Early Blue Violet

Viola adunca

April 27, 2009

Couldn’t resist!

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Pacific Trillium

Trillium ovatum

In the pink

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The conspicuous white petals of many of the trilliums are now turning pink and rose-colored as they age.

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium, Western Trillium, Wake Robin, Birthroot, Trillium ovatum,

These photos were taken at fairly low elevations: the bloom of the Trilliums will continue for another month or so in the high country.

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