Montana Outdoors

July 19, 2009

Evans Gulch roadless area; the flowers.

Perhaps these Subalpine Spirea which grow along its shore right up to the water had something to do with giving Blossom Lake its name.

Subalpine spirea, Rose meadowsweet

Subalpine Spirea, Rose Meadowsweet
Spiraea splendens

Two inches above the sand and about the same distance from the water, these tiny white violets were in full bloom.

Small white violet

Small White Violet
Viola macloskeyi

Along the trail, not far from the trail head, these Pink Wintergreens were blooming in large numbers.

Pink Wintergreen

Pink Wintergreen,
Pyrola asarifolia

Although they finished blooming at lower elevations over a month ago, the Springbeauties were in bloom along the trail.

Alpine Springbeauty

Alpine Springbeauty
Claytonia megarhiza

Another pretty flower, the Jacob’s Ladder, concluded its blooming season two months ago in the valleys, but was flowering in abundance along the trail near the lake.

Showy Jacob's Ladder

Showy Jacob’s Ladder,
Polemonium pulcherrimum

The tiny (1/8 inch) blossoms of the Foamflower which are suspended in big groups on its 6-inch stalks do present the look of ocean foam dancing on the sea of green in little patches of the hillside.

One-leaved foamflower

One-leaved foamflower

One-leaved foamflower,
Tiarella unifoliata

Come to think of it, maybe more than the Spirea had an influence on the naming of Blossom Lake.

(Evans Gulch roadless area is only about 8,000 acres and is located in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains of western Montana.)


  1. Love the white little petal with the pink stamens especially!!! So delicate like.


    Comment by Stacey — July 19, 2009 @ 10:14 pm

    • They are very delicate, yet they will bloom in the very early spring, often right up against piles of snow.


      Comment by montucky — July 19, 2009 @ 10:27 pm

  2. Before seeing your photos, I must admit, I had never given Montana a single thought. Now it it on my list of places I must visit. Love the Jacob’s Ladder and Spring Beauty.


    Comment by kateri — July 19, 2009 @ 11:41 pm

    • There is much beauty still remaining here, kateri, but the wild places are under constant pressure from those who would trade them for a few more dollars or the fun of riding thrillcraft. Recently the world is getting a little more conscious of the environment and I hope it won’t be too late by the time that feeling gets to this part of the country.


      Comment by montucky — July 20, 2009 @ 6:37 am

  3. The Rose Meadowsweet is so very pretty! I think we have something similar to the Showy Jacob’s Ladder here, and how lovely these are.


    Comment by Anna Surface — July 20, 2009 @ 9:23 am

    • The Rose Meadowsweet is blooming in good quantities right near the lake, and the Jacob’s Ladder mostly along the trail and on the banks above the stream that flows out of the lake.


      Comment by montucky — July 20, 2009 @ 4:53 pm

  4. Absolutely gorgeous shots of beautiful flowers!!


    Comment by 3bdigitalart — July 20, 2009 @ 10:57 am

    • I was a little surprised at the number of flowers still in bloom at that fairly low altitude, and several were new to me. I have seen the last one before but was just now able to identify it. Those blossoms are only about 1/8 of an inch across.


      Comment by montucky — July 20, 2009 @ 4:55 pm

  5. Great flower images…it appears that I have a new place to explore.


    Comment by Radd Icenoggle — July 20, 2009 @ 11:26 am

    • You’ll enjoy this one, Radd. There is another small lake a little further (they call them just Blossom Lakes) and Pear Lake is another mile or so. We didn’t have time to get to them but I have a hunch Pear Lake is pretty scenic.


      Comment by montucky — July 20, 2009 @ 4:57 pm

  6. More beautiful flowers I’ve never seen in your northern wonderland!


    Comment by Candace — July 20, 2009 @ 11:08 pm

    • The flowers in the lower elevations have mostly finished their blooming season, but up high many are just starting now.


      Comment by montucky — July 21, 2009 @ 9:17 am

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