Montana Outdoors

August 7, 2014

Along Trail 345

This old trail has been de-commissioned by the Forest Service but it still exists and I walk along parts of it when I can. Something of interest seems always to be there.

Trail 345


Fireweed ~ Epilobium angustifolium

Fireweed garden


Thimbleberries (Rubus parviflorus) are ripening

Thimbleberry blossoms

Thimbleberry blossoms (From my archives)


Pinedrops ~ Pterospora andromrdea


Pinedrops are saprophytic perennials, without chlorophyl or green leaves. You have to look closely at them to tell if they are newly blossoming or dried from the previous year.

Northern Green Bog Orchid

Northern Green Bog Orchid ~ Platanthera huronensis

Northern Green Bog Orchid

Bog orchids can easily be overlooked.

Pine White on Goldenrod

Pine white butterfly ~ Neophasia menapia

August 2, 2014

Late evening storm

Filed under: Storm clouds — Tags: , , — montucky @ 11:53 pm

In the month of July there were 21 days when our temperature reached over 90ยบ. The grasses in the valley and the lower slopes of the mountains are tinder-dry and the fire index is “very high”. Early this afternoon I noticed a helicopter heading west-northwest trailing the all-too-familiar water bucket, and not long after, a 4 engine aircraft flew the same path: it had a red tail.. a slurry bomber. Late in the afternoon I spotted the fire burning in steep, rocky terrain high on Koo Koo Sint ridge about 6 miles downriver from here. I’m glad I won’t be on that one!

Tonight this scene, while somewhat intriguing, is not a welcome one.

Summer storm

While I was out attempting to get a picture of this storm to our east I saw well over a hundred lightning strikes. Most looked to be just over the high ridge which is the Reservation border. The fire crews of the Flathead Indian Nation will be busy tomorrow. (When this storm started to throw lightning bolts and broadcast the ensuing thunder, a gobble reply to each one came from a flock of wild turkeys just across the river.)

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