Montana Outdoors

July 4, 2017

Yesterday’s walk

It just seems that there is something of beauty to be seen wherever you go.


It’s called “Self-heal ~ Prunella vulgaris” and this time of year it seems to be everywhere; but when you look closely, it’s very pretty.

Three-leaf Foamflower

Three-leaf Foamflower ~ Tiarella trifoliata


I don’t know its name, but it deserves its own place along with the other pretty things in the forest.


For some reason, Pipsissewa always has its face turned toward the ground, but it’s one of the prettiest of the wildflowers.


Pipsissewa ~ Chimaphila umbellata


  1. I thought you said it was over. They just keep on coming. That white one is fascinating with the little “pearls” dangling from each flower.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — July 4, 2017 @ 8:19 pm

    • The flowers that live at low elevations are about through for this year, but others will be blooming at higher elevations. I hiked to a medium elevation today (about 5,000 feet) and there were very few flowers in bloom. If it would cool off a bit so I could feel better about climbing higher, I know there will be some up there. (The heat bothers me more each year.)

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      Comment by montucky — July 4, 2017 @ 8:44 pm

      • Too much heat is not a good thing. But remember when we were complaining about the cold and the rain and snow – not so long ago….

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        Comment by wordsfromanneli — July 5, 2017 @ 9:31 am

  2. Something is always in bloom it seems.

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    Comment by John Purdy — July 4, 2017 @ 8:21 pm

    • I am afraid that I have missed the bloom of many flowers, but some still remain. I’m hoping to get up higher after this heat spell is over. There will be many other flowers up around 7,000 feet.


      Comment by montucky — July 4, 2017 @ 8:46 pm

  3. Lovely continuation. Thanks. Congrats.

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    Comment by nvsubbaraman — July 4, 2017 @ 8:42 pm

  4. Nice! Love your close-ups!

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    Comment by Reed Andariese — July 5, 2017 @ 6:08 am

    • When I acquired a camera that would work for close-ups it changed my perspective of the forests and back country. I still love the scenery and views from the peaks, but also spend a lot of time with my mustache in the dirt photographing the small, low-growing wildflowers. Sometimes I might count all of the changes in camera setting I do on a day’s hike: it will be a lot. Often I will take a few photos of a flower, put my camera back in its case, put my pack back on and walk a hundred yards up the trail and encounter a landscape scene that is just beautiful and start all over again.


      Comment by montucky — July 5, 2017 @ 7:02 am

  5. The finest artwork from nature and you, Montucky!! The foamflowers are wonderful.

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    Comment by Hanna — July 5, 2017 @ 12:36 pm

    • Nature is indeed a great artist! I don’t know if we like flowers because we have seen beauty, or if we have a sense of beauty because we have seen flowers.

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      Comment by montucky — July 5, 2017 @ 1:30 pm

  6. Self heal … what a wonderful name for a beautiful flower.

    And Pipsissewa are so magical to me. They look like they belong in a confectionary.

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    Comment by teresaevangeline — July 6, 2017 @ 5:27 am

    • Self heal has been used by people all over the world for many kinds of ailments although tests have not found any biochemical basis for the claims of healing. Stil…
      I find the Pipsissewa a flower for the imagination with both the name and the design. I first thought it was rare, but now I see hundreds on my favorite trails this time of year.


      Comment by montucky — July 6, 2017 @ 7:29 am

  7. It is so interesting to look closely at all the small flowers that one encounters in the woods. Your pictures show how beautiful they are.

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    Comment by isathreadsoflife — July 6, 2017 @ 1:21 pm

    • It continually amazes me. I do my best to capture the flowers and show them at their best.


      Comment by montucky — July 6, 2017 @ 1:43 pm

  8. Lovely. You’re going to look for blooms at 7,000 feet, I’m going to look for birds at 7,000 in a few days. Do you see a lot of birds on your hikes?

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    Comment by Candace — July 6, 2017 @ 5:02 pm

    • I do not. Most birds seem to like the lower elevations here. Also, the really wild birds are very shy and unapproachable.

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      Comment by montucky — July 6, 2017 @ 6:01 pm

  9. There sure is beauty wherever you go .. so pleased you have that camera with you 🙂

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — July 9, 2017 @ 12:33 am

    • There is, Julie. I am very fortunate to be surrounded by mountains and forests that have not been developed or exploited, so I get to see them in their natural state which includes so much raw beauty and a part of the world where everything is in perfect balance.

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      Comment by montucky — July 9, 2017 @ 9:48 am

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