Montana Outdoors

May 31, 2011

Wildflowers of spring (7)

 Smallflower Miterwort

Smallflower Miterwort, Side-flowered Mitrewort, Cross-shaped Mitrewort ~ Mitella stauropetala 5/27

Wild Strawberry

Wild Strawberry ~ Fragaria virginiana 5/23

Bitter Cherry

Bitter Cherry ~ Prunus emarginata 5/23

False Solomon's Seal

False Solomon’s Seal ~ Smilacina racemosa 5/25

Prickly Currant

Prickly Currant, Bristly Black Gooseberry, Swamp Gooseberry, Swamp Currant ~ Ribes lacustre 5/25

Leaf jewel

Leaf jewel

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May 28, 2011

Wildflowers of spring (6)

Arctic Lupine

Arctic Lupine ~ Lupinus arcticus 5/19

Antelope Bush

Antelope Bush ~ Purshia tridentata 5/22

Sticky Geranium

Sticky Geranium ~ Geranium viscosissimum 5/22

Yellow Salsify

Yellow Salsify ~ Tragopogon dubius 5/22

Black Hawthorn

Black Hawthorn ~ Crataegus giyglasii 5/22

Falsebox, Oregon Boxleaf

Falsebox, Oregon Boxleaf ~ Paxistima myrsinites 5/22

May 26, 2011

Springtime at the trail head

Filed under: Munson Creek — montucky @ 9:26 pm

U.S.F.S. trail 372 through Munson Creek is one of my favorite trails. It also has what I think is one of the prettiest trail heads, and right now it is, like all the rest of the wild country, celebrating spring. While it is on National Forest land, the presence of apple trees and lilacs gives cause to wonder about its past.

Munson Creek trail head

May 25, 2011

Wildflowers of spring (5)

Pink Trillium

Pink Trillium ~ Trillium ovatum 5/10

Saskatoon, Serviceberry

Saskatoon, Serviceberry ~ Amelanchier alnifolia 5/17

Ground-ivy, Creeping Charlie, Gill Over the Ground, Field Balm

Ground-ivy, Creeping Charlie, Gill Over the Ground, Field Balm ~ Glechoma hederacea (Mint) 5/17

Upland Larkspur, Nuttall's Larkspur

Upland Larkspur, Nuttall's Larkspur

Upland Larkspur, Nuttall’s Larkspur ~ Delphinium nuttallianum 5/18

Indian Paintbrush, Common Red Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush, Common Red Paintbrush ~ Castilleja miniata 5/18

This bud is actually pretty early for here. The species will bloom on into late summer, especially higher up the slopes.

Miner's Lettuce

Miner’s Lettuce ~ Claytonia perfoliata 5/19

May 24, 2011

High water

Filed under: Montana — montucky @ 11:33 pm

We are fortunate here in western Montana, at least for the most part, to not be threatened by flooding because this part of the country is not flat, thereby greatly reducing the temptation to conduct our businesses and our lives at the same elevation as the rivers which go through major changes each year when the mountain snow begins to melt.

Just down stream from where I live, there is a small section of rapids on the Clark Fork River, and in the middle of the river at the head of the rapids is a huge boulder, placed there by Mother Nature about 12,000 years ago so I can gauge the relative depth of the river at that point. The first of these two photos was taken during a time of low water, and the top of the boulder is eight to ten feet above the water. The second was taken today at about the peak of our spring run-off and the top of the boulder is just below the turbulence seen in the middle of the river. (The perspective of the two photos is somewhat different because today the water level would not permit me to access the location from which the first photo was taken.)

Clark Fork River

Clark Fork River

May 23, 2011

Wildflowers of spring (4)

Heart-leaved Arnica

Heart-leaved Arnica ~ Arnica cordifolia 5/16

Un-identified

Pretty, but I have been unable to identify it 5/16

Field Chickweed

Field Chickweed ~ Cerastium arvense 5/16

Leafy Spurge

Leafy Spurge ~ Euphorbia esula 5/17

This is a Eurasian introduction that has become a serious threat to rangeland. It is difficult to eradicate and is poisonous.

Star Solomon's Seal

Star Solomon’s Seal ~ Maianthemum stellatum 5/17

Oregon Grape

Oregon Grape ~ Mahonia aquifolium 5/17

I couldn’t resist posting another photo of this. I liked the setting among the other plants in a typical setting and these are blossoming just everywhere right now.

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