Montana Outdoors

April 29, 2018

A little of Nature’s jewelry

Filed under: Spring, Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 12:52 pm

 

Along with the wildflowers that brighten up springtime are these little plants which have no flowers but still have their own pretty display. I doubt that it is often seen because it only occurs in a rather brief part of spring, only when there has been dew during the night, the plants are small enough to be nearly hidden in some of the wide-bladed grasses, and the decorations disappear before noon. I always look forward to seeing them though.

Scouring Rush

Scouring Rush

Scouring Rush

Scouring Rush ~ Equisetum hyemale

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April 28, 2018

Arrow-leaved Balsamroot

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 4:50 pm

Arrow-leaved Balsamroot

Arrow-leaved Balsamroot ~ Balsamorhiza sagittata

These have begun to bloom in the last few days. Soon they will decorate the hillsides low on the mountains with large splashes of color. They are the largest wildflower blossoms in this area and grow in clumps resembling a large bouquet.

April 26, 2018

Few-flowered Shooting Star

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 12:43 pm

Shooting Star

Few-flowered Shooting Star ~ Dodecatheon pulichellum

This flower has been a favorite of mine for about seven decades and I have over a hundred pictures of it in my archives, but yesterday when I ran across this specimen growing along the Munson Creek Trail leading up to the higher ground of the KooKooSint Ridge I couldn’t resist taking one more picture. I think this shows the color and details of the flower better than any of the others that I have taken.

April 16, 2018

Stork’s Bill

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 1:20 pm

Stork's Bill

Stork’s Bill ~ Erodium cicutarium

April 13, 2018

Pussy Willow

Filed under: Trees, Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 11:38 am

Pussy Willow

April 12, 2018

April sunset

Filed under: Sunsets — Tags: — montucky @ 8:56 pm

April sunset

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