Montana Outdoors

July 31, 2012

Pear Lake, Blossom Lakes ~ Evan’s Gulch Roadless Area (4)

Flowers of the Evan’s Gulch Roadless Area ~ continued

American Wild Hellebore, Varatrum virile

American Wild Hellebore, Varatrum virile There were large numbers of the plants, but they will not bloom for at least another week.

Pink Monkeyflower, Mimulus lewisii

Pink Monkeyflower, Mimulus lewisii

Subalpine Spiraea, Rose Meadowsweet, Spiraea densiflora

Subalpine Spiraea, Rose Meadowsweet, Spiraea densiflora

Pinesap, Many-flower Indian-Pipe, Monotrop hypopithys

Pinesap, Many-flower Indian-Pipe, Monotrop hypopithys

Shrubby Penstemon, Penstemon fructicosus

Shrubby Penstemon, Penstemon fructicosus

Shrubby Penstemon, Penstemon fructicosus

Prickly Current, Bristly Black Gooseberry, Swamp Current, Ribes Lacustre

Prickly Current, Bristly Black Gooseberry, Swamp Current, Ribes Lacustre

False Azalea, Fool's Huckleberry, Rusty Menziesia, Menziesia ferruginea

False Azalea, Fool’s Huckleberry, Rusty Menziesia, Menziesia ferruginea

Brewer's Mitrewort, Mitella breweri

Brewer’s Mitrewort, Mitella breweri

Bear-grass, Xerophyllum tenax

Bear-grass, Xerophyllum tenax

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July 27, 2012

Pear Lake, Blossom Lakes ~ Evan’s Gulch Roadless Area (3)

Flowers of the Evan’s Gulch Roadless Area

For a short time I thought about posting photos of all of the wildflowers I encountered on the trail to Pear Lake, but upon counting them and finding that there were 35 different species, I decided instead to just post two sets, leaving out many whose photos I have posted before including Glacier Lilies and Springbeauties which bloomed at the lower elevations months ago but are now in full bloom among the snowbanks that remain on the high ridge just before the trail drops down to Pear Lake.

Harebells, Bluebells of Scotland, Campanula rotundifolia

Harebells, Bluebells of Scotland, Campanula rotundifolia

Clustered Thistle, Cirsium brevistylum

Clustered Thistle, Cirsium brevistylum

Poison Hemlock, Conium maculatum

Poison Hemlock, Conium maculatum

Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea

Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea

Pipsissewa, Prince's Pine, Chimaphila umbellata

Pipsissewa, Prince's Pine, Chimaphila umbellata

Pipsissewa, Prince’s Pine, Chimaphila umbellata

Ocean Spray, Holodiscus discolor

Ocean Spray, Holodiscus discolor (These are blossoming shrubs and their large clusters of blooms decorate many hillsides this time of summer)

One-leaved Foamflower, Tiarella unifoliata

One-leaved Foamflower, Tiarella unifoliata

Pink Wintergreen, Pyrola asarifolia

Pink Wintergreen, Pyrola asarifolia

July 25, 2012

Pear Lake, Blossom Lakes ~ Evan’s Gulch Roadless Area (2)

Filed under: Montana, Sunsets — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:33 pm

When the sun was setting that night there was quite a change in colors, from the gold (the first photo in this group was the first shot I took) to the pinks and blues and purples as it progressed. And right in the middle of the whole thing, the sky to the north, under a thunderstorm that had begun to gather, the sky was different yet, as seen in the third photo. I don’t claim to understand all of it, just to admire.

Sunset

Sunset

Sunset

Sunset

July 23, 2012

Pear Lake, Blossom Lakes ~ Evan’s Gulch Roadless Area (1)

For many years I have found it to be true that one of the best parts of an outdoor experience is the night before it starts, and last night’s stay at the Blossom Lakes trail head before today’s hike to Blossom Lakes and Pear Lake in the Evan’s Gulch Roadless Area was not an exception.

Sunset

Sunset from the Montana/Idaho line

Today’s trip was one of those “150 photo” trips and this is the first of a series of posts about the trip and that area of western Montana.

July 20, 2012

More from the Reservation Divide (2)

Until next time on the divide

On Reservation Divide

On Reservation Divide

On Reservation Divide

On Reservation Divide

On Reservation Divide

July 19, 2012

More of the Reservation Divide

Haven’t had a chance for a hike in about a week so the next two posts will consist of more photos from the Reservation Divide.

On Reservation Divide

On Reservation Divide

On Reservation Divide

On Reservation Divide

On Reservation Divide

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