Montana Outdoors

July 20, 2013

White and green orchids

While these are not at all rare, perhaps because of the time of their bloom I see few of these wild orchids (and maybe because they are very easy to overlook in the tall grasses of mid-summer).

white or boreal bog orchid, white rein orchid, bog candle, scent bottle

White or Boreal Bog Orchid, White Rein Orchid, Bog Candle, Scent Bottle, Platanthera dilatata

Western Rattlesnake Plantain

Western Rattlesnake Plantain

Western Rattlesnake Plantain

Western Rattlesnake Plantain, Green-leaf Rattlesnake Plantain, Goodyera oblongifolia

Daisy & guest

And, there are still other white blossoms too, even on their visitors.

July 14, 2013

Cold, cold water on a hot, hot day

Filed under: Spring Creek — Tags: , , — montucky @ 11:31 pm

This afternoon a retreat into a deep dark canyon was the best way to get away from the valley heat. Besides, I promised my friend The Pointer that I would take her for a walk. On a trail like this…

Spring Creek trail

above a stream like this.

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

And the best commentary on the feel and taste of the cold, clear water of Spring Creek:


Oh yes, and there were flowers too.

Deptford Pink

July 11, 2013

Oh what the heck, just one…

Filed under: Montana — montucky @ 9:11 pm

This one has been haunting me.


July 8, 2013

It’s getting along toward that time of the season

Last Saturday there some shrubs along the trail with pairs of red berries; Utah Honeysuckle. Then today as I was enjoying some Serviceberries (my favorite wild fruit) I noticed the seed head of a Goat’s Beard, and I realized that it is already getting into the mature time of the season.

Utah honeysuckle, Rocky Mountain honeysuckle

Utah Honeysuckle

Utah Honeysuckle, Lonicera utahensis

Yellow Salsify, Goat's Beard

Yellow Salsify, Goat's Beard,

Yellow Salsify, Goat’s Beard, Tragopogon dubius

Saskatoon, Serviceberry

Saskatoon, Serviceberry

Saskatoon, Serviceberry, Amelanchier alnifolia

July 7, 2013

From Trail 345 looking over Todd Spring

Filed under: Cabinet Mountains, Weeksville Divide — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:37 am

Trail 345 above Todd Spring

July 1, 2013

This morning’s wildflowers

With the temperature headed for one hundred today, early morning was the only time for a short hike and yesterday’s post on Jomegat’s Weblog reminded me that the Pipsissewa are starting to bloom, an event I would hate to miss. The wildflowers don’t mind the heat, especially along a wooded canyon trail. There were other flowers in bloom as well.

Bluebell bellflower, Bluebell-of-Scotland, Harebell

Bluebell bellflower, Bluebell-of-Scotland, Harebell, Campanula rotundifolia


Pipsissewa, Chimaphila umbellata

Oneleaf foamflower, Sugar scoop, Western foamflower

Oneleaf foamflower, Sugar scoop, Western foamflower, Tiarella trifoliata

Common selfheal

Common selfheal, Prunella vulgaris


Twinflower, Linnaea borealis

Liverleaf wintergreen, Pink pyrola

Liverleaf wintergreen, Pink pyrola

Liverleaf wintergreen, Pink pyrola, Pyrola asarifolia

Nodding onion

Nodding onion, Allium cernuum

Spotted coralroot

Spotted coralroot, Corallorhiza maculata

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