Montana Outdoors

August 22, 2009

Didn’t see the forest for the trees…

A few days ago while moseying along the river bank in early afternoon I passed a small spring-fed pond that was above the river and nearly hidden by willows, and as I did a small patch of white caught my eye. Upon investigation of the place, I saw that the white came from the three dime-sized petals of a blossom that I somehow had not encountered before, Arumleaf Arrowhead (Sagittaria cuneata), and for a time I enjoyed the process of getting quite wet and muddy photographing another small aquatic plant. Pleased with my discovery and photographs, I then returned home.

Arumleaf arrowhead

Arumleaf arrowhead

Yesterday upon a visit to the same vicinity, the light that was filtered through the morning clouds displayed a whole scene at the pond that I had missed before by focussing only on the small white blossoms of the new plant (which can be barely seen at the water’s edge at the bottom of the photo).

Spring-fed pond


August 21, 2009

The conductor

Filed under: Birds, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 8:15 am

The conductor

Broad-tailed hummingbird.

August 20, 2009

Acrophobics need not apply.

Filed under: Photography, Photos, Pictures — montucky @ 9:04 pm

For a few days about a week ago there was some unusual helicopter activity in this vicinity. Turns out it was crews from the Bonneville Power Administration replacing old spacer insulators between the high voltage lines that run through this area. The helicopter would lift the linemen up to the lines in carriers that would hang from the wires while they changed the insulators. They had a darn good helicopter pilot!

Helicopter, BPA crew



August 18, 2009

One more primrose

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 9:26 pm

I hope there’s room for one more.

Evening primrose

August 17, 2009


Filed under: Clouds, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — montucky @ 10:03 pm


Although it was early evening, the tall peak behind me had already brought sunset to the foreground but the mountain in the distance was still enjoying the last of yesterday’s sun and over it the darkness of space had started to creep in above the clouds. Evening is a wonderful time in the wild country!

August 16, 2009

White aster

Filed under: Montana — montucky @ 9:45 pm

Yesterday I held the opinion that I had seen about all of the wildflowers native to this part of the country and also that all of them had already bloomed for this year. So, this morning by the river I came across these brand new blossoms on a plant I had never seen before. Shows what I know.

Pretty little things, aren’t they!

Tufted white prairie aster

Tufted white prairie aster

Tufted white prairie aster

Tufted white prairie aster

Tufted white prairie aster
AKA White heath aster
Symphyotrichum ericoides

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