Montana Outdoors

April 17, 2016

Three seasons

Filed under: Spring — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 9:02 pm

The weather here has been summer-like for the past two weeks and now if you look in the right direction you can see three of Nature’s seasons in one frame from the valley at 2400 feet to the peaks at 7000 feet. The snow-capped peaks in the distance are part of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains sitting inside the Cherry Peak roadless area just to the south of the Clark Fork River. The tall white bushes are Saskatoons in bloom, the small white flowers are Woodland Stars and the newly blooming Chickweed and, of course, the orange Arrow-leaved Balsamroot.

Three seasons

Chickweed

Chickweed

Three seasons

Woodland Star

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  1. Lovely; enchanting. Congratulations.
    N V Subbaraman

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    Comment by nvsubbaraman — April 17, 2016 @ 10:16 pm

  2. The eastern version of the Saskatoon, which we call shadbush, isn’t blooming yet but our forest floor spring ephemerals have just started. The views are beautiful there!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — April 18, 2016 @ 3:20 am

    • It’s wonderful to see the blooming season sweep across the valley and lower mountain sides. Soon it will be possible to get to the higher places and see it from above.

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      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2016 @ 7:25 am

  3. Beautiful!

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    Comment by heartandsoul974 — April 18, 2016 @ 5:04 am

  4. Thanks!

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    Comment by montucky — April 18, 2016 @ 7:25 am

  5. I’d never head of Balsamorhiza sagittata. What a great and sunny native plant to keep a photographer happy.

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — April 18, 2016 @ 7:31 am

    • It’s fun to photograph or be included in landscapes because it is so big and so bright and grows in clumps like natural bouquets.

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      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2016 @ 10:27 am

  6. Sometimes it’s only the close-ups that make us realize how beautiful these “weeds” really are. They’re only weeds because we say so. In fact they have a beauty that rivals any “proper” flower.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — April 18, 2016 @ 7:48 am

  7. I’m breathing more deeply, just looking at these. Thanks!

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    Comment by Marshall A Massey — April 18, 2016 @ 8:00 am

    • I’m glad that you enjoyed seeing this. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2016 @ 10:29 am

  8. Ah, such pretty sights! And that gorgeous blue sky as the back drop just makes me smile with happiness.

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — April 18, 2016 @ 8:24 am

    • It seems as though in spring here the whole world celebrates.

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      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2016 @ 10:42 am

  9. That’s certainly a gorgeous view and I like the black background with the flowers.

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    Comment by Candace — April 18, 2016 @ 5:52 pm

    • The scene photos were taken about a mile from my house so I get to see that every day. This country just comes to life in spring!

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      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2016 @ 5:57 pm

  10. that first landscape is so beautiful
    the closeups are a joy to see as well

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    Comment by Tammie — April 18, 2016 @ 7:39 pm

  11. I just learned another term — spring ephemerals. I see that things like your trilliums belong in that category, along with lady’s slippers, jack in the pulpit, dogwoods, and such. I think an ordinary person’s way of referring to them might be “now you see them, now you don’t”! I love the long view here – it’s a beautiful one.

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    Comment by shoreacres — April 18, 2016 @ 8:27 pm

    • Many, perhaps even most, of the wildflowers may be in that category. It would take a very dedicated student of botany to compile a complete list. I have a very good memory for where I have seen wildflowers grow year after year, but in the non-blooming season I am able to discern only a few of the plants by their other structures.

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      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2016 @ 8:47 pm

  12. That is the kind of view I could gaze at all day! We are having mixed seasons too – a touch of winter has returned, with hail showers and snow further north. But daylight is extending and summer can’t be long!

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — April 19, 2016 @ 12:18 am

    • It has been very summer-like here lately, but I have plenty of photos in my library of late April snow. I love that about our spring here!

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      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2016 @ 7:35 am

  13. Flowers are very nice to photograph. I have lots of them on my computer drive haha.

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    Comment by stevenanthony123456 — April 22, 2016 @ 8:48 pm

    • So do I! My particular passion is wildflowers, especially the ones that make their homes in western Montana.

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      Comment by montucky — April 22, 2016 @ 9:24 pm

      • Too bad I never been to Montana.

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        Comment by stevenanthony123456 — April 22, 2016 @ 9:26 pm

        • I think you would love it here in spring time.

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          Comment by montucky — April 22, 2016 @ 9:33 pm

          • What is great is that Montana is very vast. Since I look for wild edibles, I bet there are abundance of them. However, we have a lot of them here in NY. Plus since it is spring time here, a lot of plants are coming out of the ground from the frosty winter.

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            Comment by stevenanthony123456 — April 22, 2016 @ 9:39 pm

  14. A fantastic post as always …. As I said before … I really hope to visit your beautiful Montana … // Maria 🙂 …

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    Comment by mariayarri — May 11, 2016 @ 6:55 am


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