Montana Outdoors

July 31, 2017

High elevation sunset

Filed under: Patrick's Knob roadless area, Sunsets — Tags: — montucky @ 11:14 pm

Sunset from a peak

Photo taken from Patrick’s Knob, western Montana ~ color provided by smoke from a large wildfire just to the south of the peak.

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July 30, 2017

Western Montana’s newest fire:

Filed under: Forest fires — Tags: — montucky @ 9:25 pm

Forest fire

Forest fire

This plume of smoke burst on the scene some time between one and four o’clock this afternoon. I drove down to check its location and found that the fire is about ten miles beyond the mountain range in the photo, putting it about 30 miles away. For more perspective, the peak in the center of the photo is about 6,800 in elevation (4,400 feet above the level of the river in the foreground). With the current high temperatures, extremely dry conditions and present wind velocity it will quickly become a very big fire.

July 29, 2017

Baneberry

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

It fascinates me to see a plant in flower, then later to see its fruit. I probably should try to show this more often when I recognize both.

Baneberry

Baneberry ~ Actaea rubra: Photo taken on June 3.

Baneberry

Baneberry: Photo taken on July 20. (The fruit is most often red, but can also be white.)

While the blossom is very pretty and the fruit is quite attractive, all parts of this plant are highly poisonous. The common name “Baneberry” comes from the Anglo-Saxon “bana”, meaning “murderous”.

July 28, 2017

In the thick of things

Spring Creek

What can be found in a thick tangle of brush like this? Well, there is water, and a few rays of sunlight filtering through the trees, and the green things of the wilderness will find and use both, and as you push your way through the foliage, interesting things appear.

Blue Elderberry

Blue Elderberry ~ Sambuscus caerulea

Pathfinder

Pathfinder

Clustered Thistle

Clustered Thistle ~ Cirsium brevistylum

Great Mullein

Great Mullein

Great Mullein~ Verbascum thapsus

Devil's Club

Devil's Club

Devil’s Club ~ Oplopanax horridus

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Enchanter’s Nightshade ~ Circaea alpina

Clustered Thistle

Clustered Thistle

July 26, 2017

A short hike on USFS trail 223 ~ July 11, 2017

Sometimes it’s nice to begin a hike with a pleasant scene.

Clark Fork River

USFS trail 223 starts along the river at an elevation of about 2,400 feet, climbs up and over a small hill then proceeds up the river for another 7 or 8 miles. In their seasons, wildflowers along it are diverse and plentiful. Those included in this post are the late-season ones.

Trail 223

Common Evening Primrose

Evening Primrose (Oenothera villosa): the first one I had seen this year.

Bluebell-of-Scotland

These bluebells are everywhere this time of year and I can seldom pass up a chance to photograph them.

Trail 223

As the trail enters the lower and most dense part of the forest, the color is intense.

three-leaf foamflower

The shade-loving Three-leaf Foamflower ~ Tiarella trifoliata 

Devil's Club

The berries of the Devil’s Club (Oplopanax horridus) are just beginning to turn red.

Bluebell-of-Scotland

Bluebell-of-Scotland

I did mention that I love these bluebells, didn’t I?

Slender Hawkweed

Slender Hawkweed

Slender Hawkweed ~ Hieracium triste

Western Blud Clematis

The seed head of the Blue Clematis, (Clematis occidentalis)

Trail 223

Trail 223

I love the steeper parts of this trail: there is a small stream below.

Pearly Everlasting

Another flower which grows at just about all elevations, Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea).

Clasping Twisted-stalk fruit

These are the fruit of the Clasping Twisted-stalk (Streptopus amplexifolius) which is a plant that I have seen in only two locations. It is interesting because the flowers and fruit appear on the underside of the leaves.

White Sweet-clover

White Sweet-clover ~ Melilotus albus

July 25, 2017

Miscellaneous

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 4:22 pm

Photos from the last couple days as I try to catch up on posting:

Western Canada Goldenrod

Western Canada Goldenrod ~ Solidago lepida

Thimbleberry

Thimbleberry ~ Rubus parviflorus

Thimbleberry

This is a Thimbleberry blossom photo from early June.

Bumblebee

Bumblebee

Bumblebees on Fireweed

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