Montana Outdoors

April 23, 2010

Two Sunflowers

About four posts ago I posted a photo of one sunflower variety just budding out. (Mule-ears, named for the shape of their leaves.) Here it is in full bloom:

Mule-earsMule-ears, Wyethia amplexicaulis

Although they are not as plentiful as usual because of the drought, The Arrowleaf are now in full bloom. They are perhaps the largest of our wildflowers here and really brighten up the hillsides where they grow. (They are also named for the shape of their leaves.)

Arrowleaf BalsamrootArrowleaf Balsamroot, Balsamorhiza sagittata

April 21, 2010


This evening along the trail there were bells; Bluebells and Fairybells.


Long-flower Bluebells, Mertensia longiflora


Rough-fruited Fairybells, Disporum trachycarpum


April 19, 2010

A very common plant but…

Scouring-rush horsetail

this one was so nicely decorated!

April 18, 2010

Busy airport

After no activity for over six months, suddenly the airport became crowded.

Satyr Comma

Satyr Comma

Satyr Comma

Satyr Comma

Satyr Comma

April 17, 2010

Other early blooms

It has been dry and rather cold this spring in this region and the regular bloom times for wildflowers seems to be greatly disrupted. Some are scarce and I’m afraid some will not bloom at all this year. There is practically no moisture in the soil. Here are a few that I’ve seen in the past few days and their populations are very low.

Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary~ Small-flowered Blue-Eyed Mary, Collinsia parviflora, figwort family ~

Wayside gromwell~ Wayside gromwell, Lemonweed, Lithospermum ruderale, borage family ~

Western stickseed~ Western stickseed, Lappula redowskii, borage family ~

 Narrow-leaved Desert Parsley~ Narrow-leaved Desert Parsley, Lomatium triternatum, Cous, carrot family ~

Mule-ears~ Mule-ears, Wyethia amplexicaulis, aster family ~
(In a few days, this will look like a medium-size sunflower)

Wild strawberry~ Wild strawberry, Fragaria virginiana, rose family ~

April 16, 2010

A little snow left

Mission Mountains

~ The Mission Mountains ~

(Photo taken from the Big Hole access road in the Cabinet Mountains, range of about fifty miles.)

Pacific Trillium

(Couldn’t resist posting one more Trillium shot.)

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