Montana Outdoors

June 30, 2017

Today’s favorite (June 30)

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:56 pm

Common Snowberry

Common Snowberry ~ Symphoricarpos albus

This is one of the most common shrubs in North America and grows up to 5 feet tall. I have always paid attention to its pure white berries every fall, but had never until now looked closely at the very tiny pink blossoms.

June 29, 2017

From the Black Mountain ATV trail 763:

Filed under: Montana — Tags: , , — montucky @ 10:42 pm

Today a friend and I rode the Black Mountain ATV trail 763 in the Kootenai National Forest of western Montana that climbs a very steep ridge above the east slope of the Trout Creek drainage. It was a very tough ride (and my first ATV trail ride) and the trail was not ridable as far as we had hoped it would be, but still there were some nice views and I learned a whole lot about riding an ATV in rough country.

Black Mountain trail 763

Black Mountain trail 763

The mountains at the horizon are the Bitterroots along the Montana/Idaho border.

Black Mountain trail 763

The body of water is the Noxon Rapids Dam on the Clark Fork River

Black Mountain trail 763

Black Mountain trail 763

June 28, 2017

Today’s favorite (June 28)

On today’s hike in the Patrick’s Knob roadless area the forest was so hot and dry there were very few flowers in bloom. These seemed to enjoy that condition.

Bluebell-of-Scotland

Bluebell-of-Scotland ~ Campanula rotundifolia

June 27, 2017

Tiny blues

These were hidden in the tall grass right beside a tiny stream. Each blossom is only about 1/8 inch across.

Bird-eye Speedwell, Persian Speedwell

Bird-eye Speedwell, Persian Speedwell

Bird-eye Speedwell, Persian Speedwell ~ Veronica persica

Small Forget-me-not

Small Forget-me-not ~ Myosotis laxa

June 26, 2017

Today’s favorite (June 26)

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 11:21 am

Large Mountain Monkey-flower

Large Mountain Monkey-flower ~ Erythranthe tilingii

June 25, 2017

The procession continues

Once the weather warmed up the wildflowers began to bloom with new species starting every day. It is hard to keep up with all of them.

Narrow-leaf Mountain-trumpet

Narrow-leaf Mountain-trumpet ~ Collomia linearis

Hound's Tongue

Hound’s Tongue ~ Cynoglossum officinale

American Vetch

American Vetch ~ Vicia americana

American Vetch and Bumble

Early Blue Violet

Viper's-bugloss

Viper’s-bugloss ~ Echium vulgare

Rose bud

American twinflower

American twinflower ~ Linnaea borealis

Queen's Cup

Queen’s Cup ~ Clintonia uniflora

White Sweet-vetch

White Sweet-vetch ~ Hedysarum sulphurescens

American speedwell

American speedwell ~ Veronica americana

Yellow Clover

Yellow Clover ~ Trifolium aureum

Bird's-foot Trefoil

Bird’s-foot Trefoil ~ Lotus corniculatus

Sulphur Penstemon

Sulphur Penstemon ~ Penstemon attenuatus

Oxeye Daisy

Oxeye Daisy ~ Leucanthemum vulgare

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