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abandoned the TeePee Creek trail and obliterated the road that led to the trail head, the trail itself, although no longer maintained, is still accessible for those who want to work a bit for it.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.


  1. I am glad you mentioned the size of those blossoms. They look bigger than that. Sometimes when I am looking for a plant I have never seen, I look right over the tiny things. You can’t always tell by the photos.

    That stream looks like just the right place to wade, but you all are still cold there, aren;t you



    Comment by sandy — June 15, 2010 @ 6:36 am

    • Queen’s Cup can escape detection easily because it grows back in the brush, not out in the open, and I’ve found it only on the shady side of canyons.

      Our days have warmed up. We were in the 70’s yesterday. This morning it’s 42 though. I love these temps!


      Comment by montucky — June 15, 2010 @ 7:23 am

  2. really pretty. I am thinking that as hot as it already is this year, we are probably in for a drought this summer. haven’t heard how the river at the camp where my kids are is running.


    Comment by silken — June 15, 2010 @ 8:31 am

    • I saw a fire forecast for this area and they mentioned that the El Nino condition looks to be returning in another month or so. Perhaps that will bring you rain and cooler weather.


      Comment by montucky — June 15, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

  3. The flower is lovely. That shot you made of the creek is very nice. That stream looks inviting to wade in. Must be because of how hot it is here in TN today!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 15, 2010 @ 5:03 pm

    • I think you would like to cool off in that stream. The water is ice cold.


      Comment by montucky — June 15, 2010 @ 8:36 pm

  4. You’re absolutely correct… the white flowers look so pretty against the green foliage!
    Great shots!


    Comment by Tricia — June 15, 2010 @ 11:08 pm

  5. Looks like a great place to explore, photograph, and just be. Queen’s Cup and creek are oh so lovely.


    Comment by Anna — June 16, 2010 @ 5:43 am

    • It’s one of many very nice places in the Cabinet Mountains, Anna. You are so right, a great place to just be. That’s why I spend so much time in those places.


      Comment by montucky — June 16, 2010 @ 8:59 pm

  6. Sweet little flowers. Great trail, too.

    Bear country, huh? I’ve been hiking in bear country lately — can’t quite get used to it, either! I keep looking over my shoulder or peering at the trail in front of me, thinking every over-sized tree trunk is ready to chase me. Ha!


    Comment by Bo Mackison — June 16, 2010 @ 8:47 am

    • Being in good bear country makes it a little more interesting. Being in Grizzly country is a lot more interesting. I’m surprised at how few bears I actually run into: they are very shy.


      Comment by montucky — June 16, 2010 @ 9:02 pm

  7. That creek is so clear in your photo, makes you want to wade right in. I bet the bears are glad the trail isn’t as accessible now.


    Comment by Candace — June 17, 2010 @ 8:37 pm

    • The creek is interesting. There is a fairly nice flow of water about a mile up the canyon, but in summer there is nothing at the bottom: it goes underground. The same thing with Spring Creek a few miles south.

      I’ll bet the bears are using what’s left of that trail now. Last summer I saw three within a mile or so from there and I haven’t even been up higher this year. I’m glad they’re doing well.


      Comment by montucky — June 17, 2010 @ 9:15 pm

  8. With out GA heat wave, that creek looks really inviting. Once I cooled off, I could then enjoy the flowers.


    Comment by knightofswords — June 18, 2010 @ 7:48 am

    • I’ve noticed the heat wave you’re having down there. Our time will come in August, but for now we’re temperate, getting the precipitation that we didn’t get during the winter and cool, cloudy skies. Yesterday through breaks in the clouds I could see a new blanket of snow in the high country.


      Comment by montucky — June 18, 2010 @ 7:58 am

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