Montana Outdoors

June 30, 2009

Life cycle

It’s not common to see the whole life cycle of a plant displayed all at once, all on one single stalk, but that’s what this Yellow Salsify was doing this morning.

Yellow Salsify

AKA Goats-beard, Tragopogon dubius

June 28, 2009

Only one

This evening I came across this strange looking wildflower. It’s the only one I’ve ever seen and there was only one in the place where it is growing. It’s fairly large for a wildflower (about 1.5 inches across).

Clarkia pulchella

Pinkfairies or Deerhorn or Ragged Robin ~ Clarkia pulchella ~ (I like “Ragged Robin”)

This isn’t a very good photo mostly because of the terrible light angle, but it serves to provide perspective: it was taken from the place where the little flower lives.

Weeksville Creek canyon

June 27, 2009

Wild roses

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: — montucky @ 11:55 pm

Who can possibly resist the beauty of the wild rose!

Wild rose

Wild rose

Wild rose

June 26, 2009

I’d hike a mile…

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: — montucky @ 9:58 pm

Many years ago, Camel cigarettes used in their advertising the phrase, “I’d walk a mile for a Camel”. Well, tonight I walked a mile for a bear.

After spending most of the day on a trail on which I didn’t want to take our dog, this evening I took her out for a walk just for her and at the end of a mile’s hike to the Spring Creek trail head I got a close look at a big and beautiful black bear (the fourth one I’ve seen this summer). What wonderful creatures they are! I’d walk a mile to see one like that any time!

The earlier hike, while covering only about seven miles, was scenic enough that I brought back over eighty photos. Here’s a shot of one of the varieties of Mariposa lilies which are blooming in great abundance right now. (I’d walk a mile for one of these, too!)

Mariposa Lily

June 25, 2009

Inside story

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — montucky @ 11:24 pm

Inside story

June 24, 2009

High country evening

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: — montucky @ 10:31 pm

Bear grass

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