Montana Outdoors

June 11, 2011

Playing in the grass

Filed under: Spring — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:22 pm

Orchardgrass, Cock's-Foot Grass ~ Dactylis glomerata

Orchardgrass, Cock's-Foot Grass ~ Dactylis glomerata

Orchardgrass, Cock's-Foot Grass ~ Dactylis glomerata

Orchardgrass, Cock's-Foot Grass ~ Dactylis glomerata

Orchardgrass, Cock's-Foot Grass ~ Dactylis glomerata

Orchardgrass, Cock's-Foot Grass ~ Dactylis glomerata

Orchardgrass, Cock’s-Foot Grass ~ Dactylis glomerata

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June 10, 2011

Wildflowers of spring (10)

Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke ~ Geum triflorum 6/1

Great Polemonium, Royal Jacob's-ladder, Salmon Polemonium

Great Polemonium, Royal Jacob’s-ladder, Salmon Polemonium ~ Polemonium carneum 6/1

Meadow Hawkweed

Meadow Hawkweed ~ Hieracium caespitosum 6/2

American Vetch

American Vetch ~ Vicia americana 6/2

Prickly Rose

Prickly Rose

Prickly Rose ~ Rosa acicularis 6/2

June 9, 2011

Alder

Filed under: Montana, Outdoors — Tags: , — montucky @ 11:43 pm

It grows in disturbed areas, sometimes where other shrubs cannot establish themselves. I’ve seen dense thickets of it cover old forest roads, establish itself on burned hillsides and provide green growth in avalanche tracks.

I know that it improves soil fertility by fixing atmospheric nitrogen in nodules on its roots.

I’ve had it make me extremely uncomfortable when I had to push my way through its dense growth that completely covered a back country trail while hoping that the bear who left a fresh pile of scat and minutes-old tracks on the trail was not still in its almost impenetrable thicket.

Yet it was only recently that I realized that there is also beauty to be found in the tiny flowers in its long and drooping male catkins.

Sitka Alder

Sitka Alder ~ Alnus viridis 6/5

June 7, 2011

Wildflowers of spring (9)

This series of photos was taken on one brief trip through an area of the Flathead Reservation not far from here where I also found the Bitterroots in bloom. I must have chosen exactly the right time to go there.

Dalmatian Toadflax, Butter and Eggs

Dalmatian Toadflax, Butter and Eggs, ~ Linaria vulgaris 6/1

Unknown ID

Dame’s Rocket, Wild Phlox ~ Hesperis matronalis.  I see them along the highways, but not usually anywhere near ranch houses, and never away from the roads either. They grow in very thick bunches and get to be over three feet tall. 6/1

Rydberg's penstemon

Rydberg’s penstemon ~ Penstemon rydbergii 6/1

Small-flowered Penstemon, Littleflower Penstemon

Small-flowered Penstemon, Littleflower Penstemon ~ Penstemon procerus 6/1

Yarrow

Yarrow ~ Achillea millefolium 6/1

Cushion Buckwheat

Cushion Buckwheat

Cushion Buckwheat ~ Eriogonum ovalifolium 6/1

Sulphur Lupine

Sulphur Lupine

Sulphur Lupine ~ Lupinus sulphureus 6/1

June 6, 2011

Wildflowers of spring (8)

With a few warm days recently and plenty of rain the wildflower blooms are coming rapidly now, as though they are trying to catch up to the season. I’m still trying to post to document them but feel like I’m losing ground.

Yellow Corabells, Fuzzy Emera

Yellow Corabells, Fuzzy Emera ~ Elera racemosa 5/29

Common Sheep Sorrel

Common Sheep Sorrel ~ Rumex acetosella 5/29

Common Dogmustard

Common Dogmustard ~ Erucastrum gallicum 5/29

Suksdorf's desert-parsley

Suksdorf’s desert-parsley ~ Lomatium suksdorfii 5/29

Chokecherry

Chokecherry ~ Prunus virginiana 5/29

Siberian Springbeauty

Siberian Springbeauty

Siberian Springbeauty ~ Claytonia sibirica 5/29

June 5, 2011

Summer’s work, winter’s comfort

Filed under: Montana — Tags: — montucky @ 10:39 pm

One advantage of living away from the cities and near the forests is the ability to utilize wood heat, if you don’t mind doing a little work for it. This is about twenty five tons of wood which will heat our home for the next three years. It also serves as an exercise room: note on the right end of the log deck in the last photo the tools that will be used to turn it into firewood.

Fire wood

Fire wood

Fire wood

Fire wood

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