Montana Outdoors

June 27, 2014

The brightest thing in the forest right now

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 7:56 pm

Orange Honeysuckle

Orange Honeysuckle ~ Lonicera ciliosa

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June 26, 2014

Pretty commoner

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 11:15 pm

Red clover

Red clover ~ Trifolium pratense

June 25, 2014

Three-spot Mariposa Lily

Pointedtip Mariposa Lily, Three-spot Mariposa Lily, Baker's Mariposa

Pointedtip Mariposa Lily, Three-spot Mariposa Lily, Baker’s Mariposa ~ Calochortus apiculatus ~ Found only in Canada’s British Columbia and Alberta and in Oregon, Idaho and Montana in the U.S.

June 24, 2014

Skyrocket ~ Just in time for the 4th

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 8:05 pm

Scarlet Gilia, Skyrocket

Scarlet Gilia, Skyrocket

Skyrocket ~ Ipomopsis aggregata

June 18, 2014

Sure ’nuff!

Filed under: Nature, Outdoors — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 7:09 pm

Clark-Hinchwood road June 18

Well, they said there was snow above 5,000 feet…this photo was taken at noon today at 5,500 feet

Clark-Hinchwood road June 18

Clark-Hinchwood road June 18

Clark-Hinchwood road June 18

Clark-Hinchwood road June 18

It’s not easy finding white flowers in this weather.

Beargrass in June snow

Groundsel in June snow

Oregon grape in June snow

Groundsel in June snow

Groundsel in June snow

Beargrass in June snow

Beargrass in June snow

Beargrass in June snow

Mariposa lily in June snow

Beargrass in June snow

June 11, 2014

Beargrass and huckleberries

Filed under: Spring — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 11:06 pm

Beargrass is beginning to bloom now in the western Montana high country,

Bear grass

Beargrass ~ Xerophyllum tenax

and then thinking of bears… As I sat eating my lunch along a trail the other day, enjoying the cool breeze that was sweeping up the mountain and the beauty of spring in the wild country, I watched dozens of bumble bees gathering nectar from and pollinating the huckleberry bushes that are now in bloom

Huckleberry blossoms

Huckleberry ~ Vaccinium membranaceum

and the thought occurred to me that in the spring of the year a bee which weighs about half a gram gets sustenance from the blossoms and at the same time pollinates the plants, then in the autumn of the year a bear which can weigh up to 1,700 pounds gets sustenance from the berries of those plants and spreads their seeds; what extremes in the annual cycle of a plant!

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