Montana Outdoors

March 30, 2011

Rainy day Crocus

Filed under: Flowers — Tags: — montucky @ 7:27 pm

Crocus

This one picked a dark and rainy day on which to open. It had opened only two or three minutes before the photo was taken.

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March 29, 2011

“conk-la-ree!”

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:40 pm

Red-winged Blackbird

The familiar call and those bright red shoulder patches are present again in our landscape with the return of the Red-winged Blackbirds. As I look at the Range Map by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology on their All About Birds website I see that their summer range in Montana corresponds very closely to the normal pattern of the Arctic air that enters the state in winter and suggests to me that may be the reason why they don’t winter here.

March 28, 2011

‘Bashful’

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 11:26 pm

It’s two weeks late this year and so far I’ve seen only the one, but there will soon be many more Yellow Bells dotting the hillsides in western Montana.

Yellow Bell (Fritillaria pudica)

Yellow Bell (Fritillaria pudica)

Fritillaria pudica (‘pudica’ in Latin means ‘bashful’) are found only in the eleven western-most states, skipping Arizona, and the two western-most provinces in Canada. They are perennials from small bulbs. The bulbs were harvested and eaten by several of the native Indian tribes.

March 27, 2011

From one day to the next…

Filed under: Spring — montucky @ 7:21 pm

Yesterday was a beautiful spring day in this part of western Montana.

Spring day

Last night it snowed. So it goes in springtime in the Rockies.

March 26, 2011

Finally!

Filed under: Flowers — Tags: — montucky @ 7:22 pm

Crocus

Crocus

March 23, 2011

Bon Voyage

Filed under: Montana — montucky @ 10:58 pm

Just below my house the Clark Fork River flows between the Coeur d’Alene Mountains and the Cabinet Mountains and there is a deer trail there through the dense willows just above the river. My tracks can often be found on it too.

Several days ago as I followed that little trail I noticed something on the bank just a few feet from the water. It was a curiosity, but I didn’t push through the willows and down the bank for a closer look. It is common to see odd things wash up on the shore.

The vessel

It was still there today, curiosity finally got the best of me and I did investigate. When I reached down and turned it over, I was a bit surprised at what I saw (I removed the name from the photo):

The vessel

Half a mile down stream there is a rapids and at the upper end swift water flows out to the white water in the middle of the river. I carried it there, respectfully relaunched the vessel and watched to assure that it made it completely through the rapids.

The vessel

Yes, “Safe Sailing” and Bon Voyage!

Through the rapids

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