Montana Outdoors

March 26, 2013

One sunny day

Filed under: Flowers, Spring — Tags: , — montucky @ 4:23 pm

During many cold nights and snowy, cloudy days these little Crocus waited for one sunny day.

Crocus

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March 18, 2013

Slight relapse

Filed under: Birds, Spring — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:31 pm

With three days left before Spring officially arrives here we had a slight relapse. Last evening three inches of snow fell in two hours. It was wonderful!

Spring morning

Then this morning it looked like Spring again when a flock of Robins came to play in the snow.

American Robin

American Robins & pussywillows

Robins, pussywillows and snow

American Robin

American Robin ~ Turdus migratorius

March 12, 2013

It’s a little bit Spring

Tucked neatly in between snow flurries these days there have been periods of sunshine, and Nature is proceeding with the inevitable journey toward Summer. The Buttercups which have been in bloom for a month on Buttercup Ridge have now spread to sunlit places along the valley floor

Buttercups

Sagebrush Buttercup Ranunculus glaberrimus

and among them are the tiny white flowers of Whitlow Grass.

Whitlow Grass

Whitlow Grass

Whitlow Grass

Whitlow Grass

Whitlow Grass, Draba verna

Near where these were blooming there was a section of an old abandoned barb-wire fence and it appeared to be a danger to the deer who crossed that hillside on their way to the river to drink. As I knelt down to cut the pieces of old rusted wire, this very early bloom of Woodland Star became visible, perhaps as a small reward for my effort.

Woodland Star

Woodland Star, Lithophragma parviflorum

March 3, 2013

Invitation to a walk

Filed under: Animals — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:56 pm

Molly

This is Molly. We adopted her from an animal shelter five years ago and she turned twelve on January third. It has been a rewarding experience for all of us and there should be many good years still remaining.

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