Montana Outdoors

March 17, 2018

Woodland Star

Woodland Star

Small-flowered Woodland Star ~ Lithophragma parviflorum

(This could also be Lithophragma glabrum. I find it impossible to positively tell them apart.)

March 15, 2018

Another early arrival – Whitlow Grass

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:27 pm

This is one of the very small wildflowers in these parts, at about 1/8” across, but very common (widely distributed across North America) and very early to bloom..

Spring Whitlow-grass

Spring Whitlow Grass ~ Draba verna

Spring Whitlow-grass

Spring Whitlow-grass

Spring Whitlow-grass

March 14, 2018

Spring photo practice

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 11:03 am

Spring is just beginning here and I’m using the time to get in a little practice to assure the photos I take later on the remote trails will be of decent quality. The macro lens that I use inherently has an extremely shallow depth of field, so practice controlling it will pay off later.

Sagebrush Buttercup

Aperture at f/32

Sagebrush Buttercup

Aperture at f/3.5

March 11, 2018

Beginning again

Filed under: Spring, Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:02 am

The Buttercups that began to bloom just one month ago met sub-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall the very next day. Yesterday they began to bloom again.

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush buttercup ~ ranunculus glaberrimus

March 9, 2018

Mission Mountains

Filed under: Mission Mountains — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:10 am

Mission Mountan range.

The Mission Mountains photographed from along the lower Flathead River.

March 8, 2018

Flathead River on March 7

Filed under: Flathead river, Spring — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:55 am

Flathead River

Quite a difference from only two weeks ago when ice chunks were piled up across the surface of the river from bank to bank, and quite different from this morning when clouds are sweeping in from the southwest bringing a rain/snow mix again.

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