Montana Outdoors

July 2, 2017

End of June flowers (well, almost)

Deptford pink

Deptford pink ~ Dianthus armeria

Can't identify

Bluebell-of-Scotland, Harebell

Bluebell-of-Scotland, Harebell ~ Campanula rotundifolia

Mock Orange

Mock Orange ~ Philadelphus lewisii

Birch-leaved Spiraea

Birch-leaved Spiraea ~ Spiraea betulifolia

Devil's Club

Devil’s Club ~ Oplopanax horridus

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(It is these spines that give the Devil’s Club its name)

Brewer's mitrewort, feathery bishop's-cap

Brewer’s mitrewort, feathery bishop’s-cap ~ Pectiantia breweri

Harsh Indian Paintbrush

Harsh Indian Paintbrush ~ Castilleja hispida

Fringed Loosestrife

Fringed Loosestrife ~ Lysimachia ciliata

Tiling's monkey-flower, large mountain monkey-flower

Tiling’s monkey-flower, large mountain monkey-flower~ Erythranthe tilingii

sulphur cinquefoil

Sulphur Cinquefoil ~ Potentilla recta

Meadow Buttercup

Meadow Buttercup ~ Ranunculus acris

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25 Comments »

  1. Yes, their season is over. NATURE has its own timetable!

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    Comment by nvsubbaraman — July 2, 2017 @ 8:24 pm

    • While their season is about over here in the valley, it’s still spring in the high mountain places and there are flowers starting there now too.

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      Comment by montucky — July 2, 2017 @ 8:30 pm

  2. What a wonderful series. Love the shape of the Brewer’s mitrewort flowers. Really quite unusual 🙂

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    Comment by Vicki — July 2, 2017 @ 8:26 pm

    • Thanks! The little mitrewort is very small and very shy. Had I not gotten very close to the ground to photograph another flower I would have missed it.

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      Comment by montucky — July 2, 2017 @ 8:36 pm

  3. What do the summer months offer??

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    Comment by John Purdy — July 2, 2017 @ 9:20 pm

    • There will still be a few more flowers in the higher places, but most will be just about over. It is sometimes hard to get on the high trails because of fire season and the smoke that is usually in the air during late summer. It is still beautiful up high though and in fall there will be lots of fall colors.

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      Comment by montucky — July 2, 2017 @ 9:28 pm

  4. It may be over, but what a beautiful show they put on.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — July 2, 2017 @ 9:29 pm

    • They sure have. There will still be a few more up higher though. I’m hoping that the heat will abate after about a week (we are in for 100 degree temps in the coming week) and that there won’t be large fires that block forest access this summer.

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      Comment by montucky — July 2, 2017 @ 9:36 pm

      • It’s already happening in BC. Fires from careless campers, and then there will be the usual lightning strikes.

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        Comment by wordsfromanneli — July 2, 2017 @ 10:11 pm

        • Here the valleys are already very dry and some of the forested areas as well. Lightning storms are in the forecast for SW Montana. I hope everyone will stay sane over the holiday. There are a lot of campers out there.

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          Comment by montucky — July 2, 2017 @ 10:25 pm

  5. These are so amazing!!

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    Comment by Untraveled Routes — July 3, 2017 @ 9:58 am

    • There are hundreds of wildflower species just in this area. I agree, they are amazing, and so often overlooked for many reasons.

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      Comment by montucky — July 3, 2017 @ 11:56 am

  6. Very nice! What a wonderful area to live and explore!

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    Comment by Reed Andariese — July 3, 2017 @ 2:03 pm

    • It is. Some of these photos came from a friend’s ranch in the valley, others from along a trail that goes through a roadless area, and one is from a very high, remote trail about 25 miles from here. You would love his!

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      Comment by montucky — July 3, 2017 @ 2:06 pm

  7. Gorgeous set of beautiful photos. I love very much the first photo.

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    Comment by Sartenada — July 4, 2017 @ 2:08 am

    • That little flower in the first photo is probably the most photographed of all of the tiny blossoms, mostly, I suppose because of the intense color. They provide little speck of beauty in the late summer landscape.

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      Comment by montucky — July 4, 2017 @ 7:09 am

  8. They are all lovely .. but that bluebell is divine!

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — July 6, 2017 @ 5:33 am

    • Those bluebells are very photogenic. The light was just perfect on that one and I couldn’t resist trying to capture it although I already have perhaps hundreds of photos of them. They have many different looks as the light conditions change.

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      Comment by montucky — July 6, 2017 @ 7:35 am

  9. The 3rd photo of the Bluebell is gorgeous with the lighting and color. The 2nd flower is very pretty, too.

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    Comment by Candace — July 6, 2017 @ 5:06 pm

    • The bluebell photo was an image that was just there for the shooting. I couldn’t duplicate that light!

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      Comment by montucky — July 6, 2017 @ 5:57 pm

  10. Great detail on the bishop’s cap. I was surprised to learn that those feathery pieces are actually the petals (the other parts are sepals). Now what evolutionary advantage would there be to that? Besides looking beautiful, of course. 🙂

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    Comment by Sally — August 4, 2017 @ 2:13 pm

    • I don’t understand what the advantage is either, but there are several species of flowers that use the same strategy.

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      Comment by montucky — August 4, 2017 @ 2:23 pm


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