Montana Outdoors

July 7, 2009

A nice surprise

This evening I explored a section of trail and found that it was indeed the eastern end of a trail that I have been researching because I think it may be a major wildlife corridor between Baldy Mountain and Big Hole Peak; a small breakthrough, but an important one to me. It wasn’t a long hike and the temperature was in the high 60’s, but there was enough “up” to the trail to move a liter of water from my hydration pack to my sweat towel.

At my starting point at the top of Loneman Divide I was pleasantly surprised to see that these Bird’s-foot trefoils were in bloom.

Bird's-foot trefoil

Bird's-foot trefoil

Bird's-foot trefoil

Bird’s-foot trefoil
Lotus corniculatus

And Nature, as She so often does, had another little bonus for me too. It seemed that the last rays of the setting sun on these Harebells was just right.


It was a very pleasant and satisfying evening!


  1. Nice shots! Lovely flowers and colors.


    Comment by Iona — July 8, 2009 @ 5:45 am

  2. The lighting on Harebells is magical. They look like fairy bells!


    Comment by Kateri — July 8, 2009 @ 6:04 am

  3. A lone man up on the divide stumbles upon Bird’s-foot trefoil… For whom do the Harebells toll? Ok I need to finish my first cup of coffee and clear my head. 🙂 Fortunately your photos are the perfect eye opener this morning. Beautiful!


    Comment by Maureen — July 8, 2009 @ 8:53 am

    • Since you saw this before your first cup of coffee Maureen, it’s probably just as well that I didn’t include the photo of the Pipsissewa.


      Comment by montucky — July 8, 2009 @ 9:13 am

  4. Great harebell shot. The dark background gives the photo a very eerily beautiful appearance.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — July 8, 2009 @ 6:07 pm

  5. More cool flowers, love the dark background of all the shots.


    Comment by Candace — July 8, 2009 @ 7:14 pm

    • Thanks, Candace. There always seems to be more blooming and I keep shooting.


      Comment by montucky — July 8, 2009 @ 8:39 pm

  6. i’m a sucker for any bell shaped flower… these are so sweet!


    Comment by kcjewel — July 8, 2009 @ 8:24 pm

    • For the past several years, the Harebells have been fairly scarce. This year they are everywhere and a real treat as they sit back in the greenery of the forest.


      Comment by montucky — July 8, 2009 @ 8:40 pm

  7. You certainly have the wildflowers out there in the mountains of Montana, Terry. The Trefoils are lovely but I am really liking the Harebells. The shape, the color, the light, all perfect.


    Comment by edvatza — July 12, 2009 @ 6:32 am

    • The Harebells, like many of the other flowers are abundant this year. Usually I see a few but this summer they are just everywhere at all elevations. I think the country is celebrating recovering from 10 years of draught.


      Comment by montucky — July 12, 2009 @ 8:54 am

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