Montana Outdoors

March 2, 2018

Well, maybe better late than never…

After one of my last hikes of last summer into the Patrick’s Knob Roadless area on the top part os USFS trail 205 and the east end of USFS trail 404 I put these photos into a pending file and forgot them. It might be interesting to note that these plants are presently resting under about eight feet of snow.

USFS trail 205

Along USFS trail 205

USFS trail 404

American Vetch

American Vetch ~ Vicia americana

Parship-flower Buckwheat

Parship-flower Buckwheat ~ Eriogonum heracleoides

Douglas' buckwheat

Douglas’ buckwheat ~ Eriogonum douglasii

Pearly Everlasting

Pearly Everlasting ~ Anaphalis margaritacea

Yellow Clover

Yellow Clover ~ Trifolium aureum

Pearly Everlasting

Pearly Everlasting ~ Anaphalis margaritacea



Fireweed ~ Chamaenerion angustifolium

Birch-leaved Spirea

Birch-leaved Spirea ~ Spirea betulifolia

Mountain Ash

Mountain Ash ~ Sorbus scopulina


  1. Hi Montucky, It is always fun to see older photographs that were never posted on your blog. Amazing to think of all that under the big load of snow right now. It has been windy but 83 degrees here (cooler in the next several days because of cold up North coming on down). Have a fantastic weekend!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — March 2, 2018 @ 10:39 pm

    • Now that I’m used to winter weather I doubt that I could stand a temp of 83 right now.


      Comment by montucky — March 2, 2018 @ 10:48 pm

  2. Beautiful series of wild flower images. Lovely sharp focus and what pretty colours.

    So………….you haven’t got rid of the white stuff yet ? 😀

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    Comment by Vicki — March 2, 2018 @ 10:40 pm

  3. Good to have a reminder of how beautiful it will be again.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — March 3, 2018 @ 12:26 am

  4. A fun surprise in the midst of winter.

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    Comment by lmachayes — March 3, 2018 @ 5:16 am

    • I figures I might as well post these. It will be July before these species bloom again.


      Comment by montucky — March 3, 2018 @ 12:07 pm

  5. A lovely reminder that this freezing weather won’t last forever! Looking forward to the colours of summer.

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — March 3, 2018 @ 5:59 am

  6. Wow beautifully! 🙂

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    Comment by annicaaktiv — March 3, 2018 @ 7:57 am

  7. Beautiful. I can’t wait to see flowers everywhere again!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — March 3, 2018 @ 4:37 pm

    • I feel the same way. That excitement here should begin again by the end of the month.

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      Comment by montucky — March 3, 2018 @ 8:02 pm

  8. The mountains provide the most beautiful wild flowers. Always so dainty with such detail, and you capture them wonderfully every time you share them. These are gorgeous as usual! 🙂 Wow, to think there’s eight feet of snow presently now at that location is amazing!

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    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — March 3, 2018 @ 7:37 pm

    • Thank you Donna. A decade ago my interest in wild flowers began as a side issue, a bonus, of my passion for solo hiking in the back country, the roadless areas and the wilderness areas and I brought back snapshots of them to show to my wife who was not physically able to go there with me. They rapidly became a passion and it fit perfectly with my wild country wanderings. Most of the individual specimens in my photos have probably not been seen by another person, and that motivated me to somehow display them for the viewing of others. They are beautiful and fascinating little beings.

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      Comment by montucky — March 3, 2018 @ 8:08 pm

  9. Just what we need in the middle of this wintry weather – bright spots of happy color! Thanks for sharing them even it was better late than never. 😉


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — March 4, 2018 @ 2:21 pm

  10. I was happy for the reminder of so many wonderful plants. I’d forgotten about the pearly everlasting — a real beauty — and also the spirea. I don’t think there’s a thing wrong with posting “out of season.” When spring and summer finally come, there are so many wonderful plants that it’s hard to get them all in. Better late than never, indeed!

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    Comment by shoreacres — March 4, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

    • When I review older photos I’m always a little surprised at how pretty the flowers are too. I’m starting to get anxious for the start of spring.


      Comment by montucky — March 4, 2018 @ 8:41 pm

  11. Beautiful! Amazing to thing they are currently smothered in snow …

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — March 9, 2018 @ 1:56 am

  12. All that snow should guarantee that this year’s crop will be lush and green like that again. I love finding already processed files ready to go…hardly ever happens to me, though.

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    Comment by Candace — March 9, 2018 @ 6:55 pm

    • Yes, the plants up there should have a great year! I usually don’t forget about a photo file either.

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      Comment by montucky — March 9, 2018 @ 8:43 pm

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