Montana Outdoors

April 17, 2012

A trillium celebration

Western White Trillium, Pacific Trillium

Not far from here, nature conducts a trillium celebration that I have attended for several years and intend to continue attending as long as I am able. It takes place at exactly this time of year a couple of miles up a very steep and narrow trail that is perpendicular to the traffic flow through these parts, along a creek that flows down its canyon from Koo Koo Sint Ridge through the TeePee – Spring Creek Roadless area.

In a small area of some fifty yards in length and perhaps forty in width, hidden among (and protected by) thick brush in the canyon, thousands of trilliums begin their bloom all at once. Few folks ever venture there to see them.

Western White Trillium or Pacific Trillium, Trillium Ovatum:

Western White Trillium, Pacific Trillium

Western White Trillium, Pacific Trillium

Western White Trillium, Pacific Trillium

Western White Trillium, Pacific Trillium

Western White Trillium, Pacific Trillium

Western White Trillium, Pacific Trillium

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April 14, 2012

Still the time of the hardy ones.

Though we in the northern states often become distracted by visions of spring in other parts of the country and the world, nature always does what has been successful for millenniums. Yes it’s spring, but last night’s low was 28°f and it’s still only the time for the small ones and the hardy ones.

Shooting Star

Shooting Star, Dodecatheon pulchellum

Blue-eyed Mary

Blue-eyed Mary, Collinsia parviflora

Next week the Trilliums should appear along a favorite trail (if it’s clear of snow). I will try for them on Monday perhaps.

April 11, 2012

From the south rim

Filed under: Arizona — Tags: — montucky @ 8:25 pm

Grand Canyon, south rim

April 3, 2012

Gone for a bit

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:47 pm

Please note:
I’ll be traveling for a week or so and since I don’t own a laptop I’ll be off the air for that long. I wish everyone a great week and I’ll look forward to resuming and catching up with everyone when I return.

Yellow bell

Yellow Bell, Fritillaria pudica

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