Montana Outdoors

May 19, 2012

Chokecherry

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:11 pm

Chokecherry

Chokecherry

Chokecherry, Prunus virginiana, May 19

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May 18, 2012

Blue Penstemon

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 11:03 pm

It’s a sure bet that before summer is over I will have flooded cyberspace with photos of Penstemons, but it might be a good start to look at just one individual blossom of this species which is found only in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.

Blue penstemon

Blue Penstemon, Penstemon cyaneus, May 14

May 16, 2012

Tritelia and Geranium

Large-flowered Tritelia, Brodiaea douglasii

Large-flowered Tritelia, Brodiaea douglasii

Large-flowered Tritelia, Brodiaea douglasii

Large-flowered Tritelia, Brodiaea douglasii, Triteleia grandiflora, May 9

Sticky Geranium

Sticky Geranium, Geranium viscosissimum, May13

May 15, 2012

Wildflowers, mid-May

This is the time, if you love wildflowers, when you just can’t get out often enough. I wish now that I could be several places at the same time but I will be content for the time being and hope for more outings throughout the summer.

Kinnikinnik

Kinnikinnik

Kinnikinnik

Kinnikinnik, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, May 2

Unidentified

Unidentified

Unidentified, May 5

Unidentified

 Western Stickseed, Lappula redowskii, May 7

Small tumblemustard, false London Rocket

Small tumblemustard, false London Rocket, Sisymbrium loeselii, May 13

May 14, 2012

Back to the wildflowers

Our wildflowers are blooming now faster than I can post their pictures! I shall try to catch up!

Early Blue Violet

Early Blue Violet

Early Blue Violet, Viola adunca, May 1

Ground-ivy, Creeping Charlie, Field Balm

Ground-ivy, Creeping Charlie, Field Balm, Glechoma hederacea, May 2

Oregon Grape

Oregon Grape

Oregon Grape, Mahonia aquifolium, Berberis aquifolium, May 1

Unidentified

Unidentified, May 2

Hooker's Fairybells

Hooker's Fairybells

Hooker's Fairybells

Hooker’s Fairybells, Disporum hooker, May 2

May 12, 2012

Spring Creek

Here in the southeastern part of the Cabinet Mountains of western Montana a small stream flows down from the TeePee – Spring Creek Roadless Area at the end of KooKooSint Ridge below Big Hole Peak for about ten miles through tall old-growth cedars in a deep, steep and narrow canyon to where, in spring, it enters the Clark Fork River. In late summer, fall and winter, the stream disappears below ground several miles before it reaches the river.

This time of year however the stream is swollen with snow-melt and instead of simply flowing, it plunges, roaring, through several miles of steep cascades on its downward journey.

Here are a series of photos that were taken on the tenth of May of this year from the trail (USFS Trail 370) in the lower several miles of the canyon. The very first one though is from April of 2010 before the annual spring run-off when the stream flow was at a much lower level and was flowing at a much slower rate. It is posted by way of comparison.

I usually refrain from posting so many photos in a single post, but this is an attempt to provide the viewer with a visual feel for what it is like to walk the trail through the canyon.

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

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