Montana Outdoors

April 16, 2018

Stork’s Bill

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

Stork's Bill

Stork’s Bill ~ Erodium cicutarium

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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

April 11, 2018

Wildflowers blooming in between snows

A few more species of wildflowers have begun to bloom here now despite unseasonably cool weather and a series of weather fronts that have been passing through. There were a few brief periods of sun today before the next weather front is due to arrive tomorrow, bringing up to 8 inches of snow to the higher country especially along the Continental Divide, and I was able to get a few pictures.

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Yellow Bell ~ Fritillaria pudica

The species name pudica means “bashful” because it always faces downward. I suspect that its position shelters the pollen from early rains and snows or perhaps because it has a relationship with a special pollonator that finds that convenient.

Shooting Star

Shooting Star ~ Dodecatheon pulchellum

I find it interesting that its genus name is from the Greek dodeka (twelve) and theos (God) and is considered to mean “the plant protected by twelve gods”.

Western White Trillium ~ Pacific Trillium

Western White Trillium, Pacific Trillium ~ Trillium Ovatum

These have just begun to bud at the Munson Creek trail head.

Dandelion

Dandelion

Despite their being usually considered as a weed, I still find the blossoms very pretty.

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