Montana Outdoors

September 3, 2010

The flowers of Cube Iron

As I followed trail 460 upward toward Cube Iron Mountain the weather looked as though it might be about to bring a bit of rain and so I focused more on the landscape than on the flora, leaving most of that to be documented on the return trip (I love to photograph wildflowers in the rain anyway). Here are a few photos taken on that return trip of some of the wildflowers still blooming at the higher levels, several of which were new species for me.

DSC_9110Sickletop Lousewort, Pedicularis racemosa

Shrubby penstemonShrubby penstemon

ThistleThistle

northern buckwheat, Eriogonum compositumNorthern buckwheat, Eriogonum compositum

Dwarf Hawksbeard, Vrepis nanaDwarf Hawksbeard, Vrepis nana

Subalpine Daisy, Erigeron peregrinusSubalpine Daisy, Erigeron peregrinus

Unknown water flower

Pink Monkeyflower, Mimulus lewisiiPink Monkeyflower, Mimulus lewisii

Pink Monkeyflower, Mimulus lewisiiPink Monkeyflower, Mimulus lewisii

Pink Monkeyflower, Mimulus lewisiiPink Monkeyflower, Mimulus lewisii

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