Montana Outdoors

July 24, 2014

Backcountry bouquet

Beargrass on trail 340

Today, a cold summer day in the Baldy Mountain Roadless Area


  1. I like the sound of cold…Nice!


    Comment by Mother Hen — July 24, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

    • I took advantage of a cool day that somehow blew in between days in the 90’s for a hike up there. 7,000 feet elevation, cloudy, 50ยบ temperature and a 20 mph wind. It felt so good!


      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2014 @ 7:18 pm

      • I tend to be more energized when it’s cool or cold..Heat puts me in slump.. Oh well, it will be fall before we know it…


        Comment by Mother Hen — July 24, 2014 @ 7:49 pm

        • I am the same way. We are now in the fire season when the temperatures are in the 90’s and it’s very dry. It makes one look forward to fall, and fortunately here we have a nice long fall before winter really hits.


          Comment by montucky — July 24, 2014 @ 7:57 pm

  2. Very pretty…alllll of it. A lovely trail…..

    And I’d love to trade a few degrees on the thermometer with you, too…it’s quite toasty here today….. ๐Ÿ™‚


    Comment by seekraz — July 24, 2014 @ 7:18 pm

    • I bet you would! I remember those “toasty” days very well! You would have enjoyed today’s hike!


      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2014 @ 7:20 pm

      • The picture’s making my mouth water for that trail…!


        Comment by seekraz — July 24, 2014 @ 7:28 pm

        • It’s one of my favorites, and the trail head is less than twenty miles away.


          Comment by montucky — July 24, 2014 @ 7:49 pm

          • It would be one of my favorites, too…and 20 miles away is fantastically better than the almost 130 that I drove to get to my last hike!


            Comment by seekraz — July 24, 2014 @ 7:53 pm

            • I will probably post more about it later, but today was quite special for me. Exactly six months ago I was released from the hospital after a total knee replacement. Today I tested the results on this trail and the knee passed the test with flying colors. It’s only 2.5 miles from the trail head to the peak, from 5,800 feet to 7,400 feet but a good trial run! And it’s always beautiful up there.


              Comment by montucky — July 24, 2014 @ 8:02 pm

              • I remember the quietness on your blog during that time, Terry…and I’m very happy for you that everything has gone so well with your recovery. I have had a couple of medical issues during my time that have prevented me from engaging in physical activities that I loved, so I understand how you must have been chomping at the bit to get back out there, as well…and to get back THERE, especially! Good for you…. ๐Ÿ™‚


                Comment by seekraz — July 25, 2014 @ 10:01 am

                • I am thankful for a great surgeon and an outstanding physical therapist. It’s giving me a second chance!


                  Comment by montucky — July 25, 2014 @ 7:23 pm

                • And that’s great! ๐Ÿ™‚


                  Comment by seekraz — July 25, 2014 @ 7:35 pm

  3. There’s a wonderful surreal quality to this beautiful photograph. I can feel it.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — July 24, 2014 @ 7:32 pm

    • That was an interesting scene. On the way up the trail a few hours earlier I noticed the flowers, of course, but on the way back down it was as if they just stood up straight and said “for your viewing pleasure”.


      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2014 @ 7:52 pm

  4. They won’t be ignored!


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — July 24, 2014 @ 7:40 pm

    • No they won’t. These grew right next to the trail so they would be seen.


      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2014 @ 7:53 pm

  5. It may be cold, but it still looks good to me (from winter ‘DownUnder’).

    Just wondering what the flowers are? Looks like a cross between our Bulbinella and Sea Onion.


    Comment by Vicki — July 24, 2014 @ 8:01 pm

    • They are Beargrass. The leaves are like a heavy-bladed grass about a foot long and the flower stalks can get up to six feet tall. A very valuable plant in its habitat.


      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2014 @ 8:04 pm

  6. Okay, rub it in. Yay, the beargrass, I love seeing photos of that stuff!


    Comment by Candace — July 24, 2014 @ 9:17 pm

    • I love Beargrass too. I missed most of its bloom at the lower elevations this summer and was very pleased to see some up high.
      Today was a welcome break in the heat here. We have been in the mid 90’s and the heat will return in a few more days. Still, I can get up high once in awhile and get out of it.


      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2014 @ 9:23 pm

  7. Your photo is very artistic; I love its composition – gorgeous flowers in the forefront and then the path leading to somewhere. We have had here exceptional warm during three week, the temperature varying from 82.4ยบF to 87.8ยบF.


    Comment by Sartenada — July 25, 2014 @ 3:25 am

    • It has been very hot here too. Now a few cool days then more heat.


      Comment by montucky — July 25, 2014 @ 7:13 pm

  8. Lovely flower! Looks like a great place to hike.


    Comment by centralohionature — July 25, 2014 @ 4:31 am

    • It is a very good place. The scenery changes dramatically with the seasons and the weather and at the top you have a 360ยบ view.


      Comment by montucky — July 25, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

  9. It’s nice when flowers put themselves right on the trail for everyone to admire! I’d love to spend a few days up there with them. It has been hot and humid here for a while now.


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — July 25, 2014 @ 4:47 am

    • You would have enjoyed the mountain. With the wind it felt very cold, a nice respite from the heat.


      Comment by montucky — July 25, 2014 @ 7:16 pm

  10. Hi Montucky, What a beautiful photo. Yes, it sometimes gets really cold up there in the mountains even in Summer. I had that experience when I went to Yellowstone last month and it snowed twice during the daytime hours. Hope you still get good enough weather to be out and about. Have a great weekend!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — July 25, 2014 @ 5:40 am

    • Yes, one has to always be prepared for cold in the mountains, but it can be so welcome this time of year. Hope you have a great weekend too!


      Comment by montucky — July 25, 2014 @ 7:17 pm

  11. We’ve been having those cool summer days lately too and I love it. I just told my husband last night, if summer was always like this, I’d enjoy the season more. Loved this little bouquet surprise.


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — July 25, 2014 @ 7:02 am

    • Yes, the cool weather has been a treat! It will be hot again though before the chill of Fall.


      Comment by montucky — July 25, 2014 @ 7:19 pm

  12. It looks enchanted! Love the perspective of the beargrass. And boy, does that sound good: a cold summer day!


    Comment by twoscamps — July 25, 2014 @ 11:10 am

    • I bet the cold day appeals to you right about now. I remember Arizona summers.


      Comment by montucky — July 25, 2014 @ 7:21 pm

  13. What a wild bouquet, and what a backdrop!!


    Comment by Jo Woolf — July 26, 2014 @ 2:23 am

    • One of the many things I like about beargrass is where it grows.


      Comment by montucky — July 26, 2014 @ 9:37 pm

  14. So nice. What a beautiful trail and photo, Montucky.


    Comment by bentehaarstad — July 26, 2014 @ 5:55 am

    • Thanks Bente. My photo library tells me that over the years I have accumulated about 700 photos from that trail. Hiking it can change one’s whole attitude.


      Comment by montucky — July 26, 2014 @ 9:39 pm

  15. I’m so glad to hear that the trail wasn’t a trial for you. You’re very blessed to have had such a good recovery, and we’re blessed because of it. Of course, I know I don’t have to tell you that! The bear grass is wonderful. It reminds me a bit of cattails gone to fluff. My mother used to tell me about nights when they’d use the cattails as torches before they’d dried out – they’d soak them in something (kerosene, I presume) and light ’em up. Given your hot and dry conditions, these “pretend torches” are much safer!


    Comment by shoreacres — July 26, 2014 @ 8:11 pm

    • Yes, I’m indeed blessed. Now I know that I can go were I choose as I have always done. Since early in February I have devoted over three hours of every day to rehabilitation and it has paid off, in spades.

      Beargrass is one of my favorite plants and not just for the blossoms. Several years ago I spent a very comfortable night sleeping in the middle of a large dense patch of it. It was as comfortable as a rather stiff mattress.


      Comment by montucky — July 26, 2014 @ 9:46 pm

  16. What stately sentinels to find along your path. Funny that just because of long and narrow leaves people would call that species a grass, isn’t it? People have done the same in Texas, where a different member of the lily family goes by the name beargrass.


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — July 27, 2014 @ 7:27 am

    • Well, I’ve read stories relating it to bears and I’ve seen some signs that bears will dig up the roots in spring. Without the tall stalks of the flowers, the base of leaves does at a glance look like clumps of coarse grass.


      Comment by montucky — July 27, 2014 @ 7:49 am

  17. We have the warmest summer for many years , where I live … So right now, I really looking forward to some less warm temperatures … // Maria ๐Ÿ™‚


    Comment by mariayarri — July 28, 2014 @ 2:18 pm

    • I am too, Maria. Our temperatures have gone back up and it looks like there will several weeks of hot weather coming up.


      Comment by montucky — July 28, 2014 @ 10:00 pm

  18. That’s an intriguing boquet!


    Comment by Watching Seasons — August 6, 2014 @ 9:36 am

    • I’m sad that I missed most of the beargrass bloom this year, but was pleased to see these still in bloom.


      Comment by montucky — August 6, 2014 @ 4:49 pm

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