Montana Outdoors

May 28, 2017

A few more

A short hike as a retreat from a hot afternoon revealed a few more wildflowers in bloom, and a few drops of rain helped provide a cool break.

Pointedtip Mariposa Lily

Pointedtip Mariposa Lily ~ Calochortus apiculatus. About the size of a 50 cent piece.

Early Blue Violet

Early Blue Violet ~ Viola adunca

Feathery False Lily of the Valley

Feathery False Lily of the Valley ~ Maianthemum racemosum. The blossom is about 4 inches tall.

Silvery Lupine

Silvery Lupine ~ Lupinus argenteus. This one is about a foot tall.

Starry False Lily-of-the-valley

Starry False Lily-of-the-valley ~ Maianthemum stellatum. This blossom is about 3 inches tall.

Blue Speedwell

Blue Speedwell ~ Veronica anagallis-aquatica. Quite a name for a blossom only 1/8 inch wide!

May 26, 2017

Today’s new arrivals

Mountain Lady's Slipper

Mountain Lady's Slipper

Mountain Lady’s Slipper ~ Cypripedium montanum ~ Wild Orchid

Redosier Dogwood

Redosier Dogwood ~ Cornus sericea

Small-flowered Penstemon

Small-flowered Penstemon

Small-flowered Penstemon ~ Penstemon procerus

May 25, 2017

Firewood season

Filed under: Summer — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:19 pm

Last Tuesday I made a trip into a higher region of the back country scouting for a place to start cutting firewood for next winter. I found that an access gate that the Forest Service said was open wasn’t open: fortunately I was just scouting and hadn’t planned to do some serious cutting. At least I brought back a few photos. The gate sits at an elevation of about 5,600 feet and the peaks in the photos are 7,000 to 7,400 feet. This is in what was about the center of the Chippy Creek fire in 2007 that consumed 150 square miles of the Lolo National Forest. The fire-killed trees will make excellent firewood but the real good news is all of the new tree growth that is already taking place. It will be 200 years before it gets back to what it once was, but Nature has plenty of time. It’s too bad that mankind doesn’t.

Little Thompson Peak (7,000 ft)


Little Thompson Peak


Thompson Peak (7,400 ft)

Thompson Peak

Little Thompson Peak

Across Thompson River valley

May 24, 2017

They come in yellow, too.

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:02 pm

Yellow Indian Paintbrush

Yellow Indian Paintbrush ~ Castilleja lutescens

May 22, 2017

More new arrivals

Indian Paint Brush

Feathery False Lily of the Valley

Feathery False Lily of the Valley ~ Maianthemum racemosum

Wild Strawberry

Wild Strawberry ~ Fragaria virginiana

Upland Larkspur

Upland Larkspur ~ Delphinium nuttallianum

New wildflowers are emerging daily in the valley but the high trails are still under snow:

Big Hole Lookout Trail

USFS trail 368 at about 5,600 feet.

May 20, 2017

Today the Geraniums began to bloom

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:16 pm

Sticky Purple Geranium

Sticky Purple Geranium

Sticky Purple Geranium

Sticky Purple Geranium ~ Geranium viscosissimum

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