Montana Outdoors

July 6, 2009

Pussytoes

I’ve been ignoring these little things and have been remiss in doing so: when seen up close they are very pretty!

Rosy pussytoes

Rosy pussytoes

Rosy pussytoes

Rosy pussytoes,
Antennaria microphylla

July 5, 2009

If it hadn’t been for the milkweed…

Last night in the near darkness along the riverbank as I was returning home from fishing I could have gotten a photo of the most beautiful Showy Milkweed except for two things; (1) I had my fishing rod in my hand and (2) I didn’t have my camera in my hand.

This morning before the sun heated up and the light became too harsh, I went back for a photo and couldn’t find the flower. Well, it might have become part of something’s diet overnight. However, had I not gone back there I would not have seen these Toadflax,

Common Toadflax

Common Toadflax

(Common Toadflax, Butter & Eggs, Linaria vulgaris)

or this Western St. John’s-wort (the native one, not the invasive),

Western St. John's-wort

(Western St. John’s-wort
Hypericum scouleri)

or this clump of Scarlet Gilia,

Scarlet Gilia

(Scarlet Gilia,
Ipomopsis aggregata)

this Brown-eyed Susan,

Brown-eyed Susan

(Brown-eyed Susan,
Gaillardia aristata)

or get these photos of a Deptford Pink.

Deptford Pink

Deptford Pink

(Dianthus armeria,
Deptford pink)

I think I’ll go back tonight and look one more time for that Milkweed.

July 4, 2009

Shhh….

Filed under: Montana — montucky @ 6:54 pm

Somehow I feel like a wanted man tonight: there might be *that* knock on the door at any moment…

may be known by one or more common names in different places” ~ USDA

Prohibited” ~ Massachusetts

Invasive, banned” ~ Connecticut

Prohibited invasive Species” ~ New Hampshire

Quarantine” ~ Oregon

Class C noxious weed” ~ Washington

Category 3 noxious weed” ~ Montana

And I, “gulp”… took a picture of it anyway!

Pale yellow iris

(Kind of pretty though, isn’t it!)

Paleyellow Iris
Iris pseudacorus

July 3, 2009

A new flower and an old friend.

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — montucky @ 7:03 pm

I’ve seen this plant for years and years but never before in bloom!

Showy Milkweed

Showy Milkweed

Showy Milkweed

Showy Milkweed

Showy Milkweed, Asclepias speciosa

July 2, 2009

The restoration

A few days ago, while searching for a location in which to cut next winter’s firewood supply, I chose to visit the area burned by the Chippy Creek fire in the Cabinet Mountains of western Montana. It burned for nearly all the month of August in 2007 and blackened an area of 150 square miles, 10 miles wide and 15 miles long. This photo was taken on August 4 of 2007 from a distance of about 6 miles only a few days after it began.

Chippy Creek Fire

The area I visited on Tuesday was located over the ridge and just about under the center of those tall smoke columns and was pretty thoroughly burned. As She always does, Nature immediately began the process of healing and regeneration, and in admiration I see that She has not forgotten how important the beauty of wildflowers is through the process.

One of the first wildflowers to grow in a burn, Fireweed beginning its blossom period:

Fireweed

Penstemons at the base of a burned Douglas Fir:

Penstemons

Fireweed in it’s bud stage and Penstemons with a section of the fire-killed trees in the background:

Penstemons

In a couple of our lifetimes or a brief moment in Nature’s eternity the forest will be completely whole again.

July 1, 2009

Weeksville Creek

Weeksville Creek

Weeksville Creek

One of the first requirements for life on this planet was water and it continues to be the most important of all. We cannot continue to live here without these small streams of clear, pure water provided by our natural forests. Besides being beautiful, they are essential.

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