Montana Outdoors

April 18, 2015

Spring ride

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:57 pm

Does Spring ever feel good this year! A perfect day for a very pleasant ride a few miles up into the hills!

Spring ride

Western Springbeauty, Lanceleaf Springbeauty

Western Springbeauty, Lanceleaf Springbeauty

Western Springbeauty, Lanceleaf Springbeauty ~ Claytonia lanceolata


  1. Yes, it’s been a long time arriving!


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — April 18, 2015 @ 9:29 pm

    • It has been a very strange one this year. Maybe because of the extra mild winter spring didn’t seem to have the contrast in weather that I’ve been used to.


      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2015 @ 9:45 pm

  2. Thanks! I was wondering what these were called! I found a colony two days ago.


    Comment by Harold Rhenisch — April 18, 2015 @ 10:10 pm

    • They are fairly common, but in this area I’ve found that they are not widespread as some other flowers are, occurring only in specific places.


      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2015 @ 10:35 pm

  3. I’ve been on some combined walking trails in forests where I’ve thought it would be lovely to explore them on a bike. I don’t have the right bike at the moment. Mine has unsuitable wheels and tyres. It looks like a lot of fun. It’s great that you are able to get out and enjoy such lovely weather after a very long winter. Very pretty wildflowers once again.


    Comment by Jane — April 18, 2015 @ 10:20 pm

    • I really enjoy taking the bike and it extends my range. My favorite kind of trails, the old pack trails, are not suitable for riding, but in many places I’ve been to ride an old road that is closed to motorized travel but allows mountain bikes and get 5 to 10 miles closer to a trail on which I want to hike.

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      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2015 @ 10:42 pm

  4. Oh, yes! I’ve also been looking forward to my bike trips! A few days ago I went to the sea and back, by bike. It was wonderful to have breakfast on the shore, and also enjoy the beautiful flowers and colors ❤ Have a lovely day!


    Comment by Lucy — April 19, 2015 @ 2:19 am

    • Bikes certainly have a place for those of us who love the outdoors. I doubt that I would get much use out of one if I were in a large city, but the back roads of a rural area are very pleasant to ride, and of course here we have old logging roads that go into the forests. I can imagine how nice it would be to ride in a coastal area!

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      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2015 @ 7:49 am

      • The advantage of living in NL is that no matter where you want to go, city or rural areas, there are bike paths everywhere. I so love this. Gives me so much freedom 🙂 Cycling by the sea is always amazing ❤


        Comment by Lucy — April 21, 2015 @ 12:49 am

  5. The new knee must be back at 100%! That blossom looks a lot like ours except for the anthers and the notch at the end of each petal. The leaves are also more pointed. They’re pretty little things!


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — April 19, 2015 @ 6:36 am

    • They sure are pretty little flowers. I enjoy their simplicity.
      Yes, my knee has completely recovered. It enables me to go and do anything that my general fitness and strength permits and for that I am thankful beyond what words can describe.


      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2015 @ 7:53 am

  6. Maybe we’ll start calling you “The Mad Biker of Montana” — you know, that fast-moving phantom seen here, seen there, grinning like a Chessie Cat, with a flower tucked in his hat!


    Comment by shoreacres — April 19, 2015 @ 10:05 am

    • You know, that’s a pretty good description, especially the grin! There’s a real feel of freedom out on a mountain bike in the spring!


      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2015 @ 7:35 pm

  7. That looks mighty good from where I’m sitting, watching a light snow fall … a beautiful trio of photos.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — April 21, 2015 @ 6:31 am

    • Still snow? We’ve had some recently but only at the higher elevations. Still low temps at night though.


      Comment by montucky — April 21, 2015 @ 8:01 am

  8. Yay! Finally spring has sprung! And I am so thankful. Glad you got to take that ride and that knee must be fully healed. Good!


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — April 21, 2015 @ 8:32 am

    • Spring, and almost 80 today. I like a little sun, but feel more comfortable in the 50’s.


      Comment by montucky — April 21, 2015 @ 9:04 pm

  9. Looks so inviting that first shot..


    Comment by Boeta: RumblingOcean & Having fun with camera blogs — April 24, 2015 @ 12:36 am

  10. I like the texture of that flower, makes it glow. Pretty ride, it looks like.


    Comment by Candace — April 25, 2015 @ 9:35 am

    • In many ways this area is similar to parts of northern Arizona (thinking for the moment about the area up around Mormon Lake, although that is much higher in elevation). I thought perhaps Springbeauties would be native there, but the USDA Plant site shows that it isn’t. Riding or hiking through any of this area is very pretty, especially before the heat of summer hits.


      Comment by montucky — April 25, 2015 @ 10:07 pm

  11. I studied the first photo with great interest. The place seems to be wonderful to bike. Of course I love your wild flower photos. Thank you.


    Comment by Sartenada — April 28, 2015 @ 11:57 pm

    • There are many places available to mountain bikes in this area. It’s very enjoyable!


      Comment by montucky — April 29, 2015 @ 7:42 pm

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