Montana Outdoors

June 14, 2010

Queen’s Cup

It was a pleasant surprise this evening to see Queen’s Cup (or Bride’s Bonnet) blooming, for although I have been looking for it, this is the first I’ve seen this year. The quarter-sized flowers always look so nice against the green grasses and low shrubs of the forest.

Queen's CupQueen’s Cup, Clintonia uniflora, Lili family

Queen's Cup

These were growing along the trail at the bottom end of TeePee Creek and another pleasant surprise was to see the creek still running this late in the year. By this time it often is underground at the lower end although still flowing higher up.

TeePee CreekTeePee Creek

Despite the fact that the Forest Service abandoned the TeePee Creek trail and obliterated the road that led to the trail head, the trail itself, although no longer maintained, is still accessible for those who want to work a bit for it. It’s in good bear country.

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