Montana Outdoors

April 23, 2019

Finally!

Spring has finally come to this part of western Montana and the first wildflowers are now starting to bloom. Everything here is about a month late this year.

Woodland Star

Woodland Star ~ Lithophragma glabrum

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush Buttercup ~ Ranunculus glaberrimus

White Trillium

White Trillium ~ Trillium ovatum

Yellow Glacier Lily

Yellow Glacier Lily ~ Erythronium grandiflorum

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  1. Thanks for sharing some beautiful Montana flowers. I am pleased that spring finally arrived in the Big Sky.

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    Comment by bigskybuckeye — April 23, 2019 @ 8:16 pm

    • Thanks! Spring has been a long time coming, but now that it has warmed up I think the flowers will all start to bloom ay once. I was surprised to see the Trilliums.

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      Comment by montucky — April 23, 2019 @ 8:24 pm

  2. Hurray! At last, and what a fine entrance to spring with these beautiful flowers!

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — April 23, 2019 @ 8:29 pm

    • Yes! I went to check the condition of the road to one of my favorite trails and was pleasantly surprised to see that it is drivable and then surprised to see the flowers starting to bloom. I has been a long wait!

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      Comment by montucky — April 23, 2019 @ 9:13 pm

  3. The Woodland Star is one we don’t have in Ohio, beautiful!

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    Comment by centralohionature — April 24, 2019 @ 4:00 am

  4. Those flowers were worth waiting for and your photos are a wonderful documentation.
    In Denmark it’s just the opposite. We are a month ahead.
    The last month with east wind and no rain has provided good conditions for fires.
    Fortunately, the first fires are extinguished without major damage
    I look forward to see more of your discoveries from the trails.

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    Comment by Hanna — April 24, 2019 @ 4:22 am

    • Spring has come late here this year. February was a touch month with lots of snow and very low temperatures and March was not nearly as mild as usual. Despite that, there have been several wildfires is the southern parts of our state; none close. My fire gear is ready though and our fire department has had several training session in preparation.

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      Comment by montucky — April 24, 2019 @ 11:25 am

  5. Spectacular shots of Spring’s color and beauty!

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    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — April 24, 2019 @ 5:04 am

  6. Your pictures are always exceptionally good. Love seeing what you have seen and knowing what is blooming.

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    Comment by Anonymous — April 24, 2019 @ 6:58 am

    • Thank you! There will be lots more species that should be blooming soon. I have found over 200 different species in just this region.

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      Comment by montucky — April 24, 2019 @ 11:27 am

  7. Beautiful pictures! I really love the glacier lily!

    Other than the buttercup, I’ve never seen those out here. We have one tiny buttercup blooming right now, but I still need to look up which one it is. Apparently there are about a dozen different ones just n the Hills!

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    Comment by Laura Elizabeth — April 24, 2019 @ 7:50 am

    • There are lots of species of buttercups here too. The Sagebrush is the first wildflower to bloom and other species bloom throughout the summer.

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      Comment by montucky — April 24, 2019 @ 11:28 am

  8. Here, that far down south, we’re – of course – well on our way to summer. Enjoy your spring with all its splendour in blossoms.

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    Comment by Pit — April 24, 2019 @ 9:22 am

  9. Wonderful pics!

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    Comment by luisa zambrotta — April 24, 2019 @ 11:06 am

  10. I’m hoping everything is late in Alberta too, since we are still in Arizona for another week. The bloom seems a bit late here in AZ too. The wild flowers were prolific because of the winter rains.

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    Comment by Margy — April 24, 2019 @ 11:46 am

    • I would guess that Alberta would have roughly the same wildflower season that we have. It’s beginning to look as though the bloom of the earliest flowers has been condensed and the later ones might be closer to “on schedule”.

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      Comment by montucky — April 24, 2019 @ 6:53 pm

  11. Hooray!! It’s finally here too!

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — April 24, 2019 @ 12:04 pm

    • It’s always a time for celebration both by the plants and animals that are going through the transformation, but also by those of us who get to watch.

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      Comment by montucky — April 24, 2019 @ 6:55 pm

  12. Wow, beautifully! πŸ™‚

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    Comment by annicaaktiv — April 24, 2019 @ 1:25 pm

  13. Gorgeous! Hooray for spring!

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    Comment by M.B. Henry — April 24, 2019 @ 3:34 pm

  14. Yay, wildflower season again! Glad to see you back.

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    Comment by Candace — April 24, 2019 @ 3:39 pm

  15. A month seems like such a long time in spring but they’re so beautiful they’re always worth waiting for.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — April 24, 2019 @ 3:54 pm

    • Yes, no matter how hard the winter, spring makes it all worthwhile.

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      Comment by montucky — April 24, 2019 @ 7:10 pm

  16. These beauties certainly made the wait worth your while!

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    Comment by de Wets Wild — April 24, 2019 @ 8:19 pm

    • I agree. The wildflowers make up for the cold winters and the long wait for spring.

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      Comment by montucky — April 24, 2019 @ 9:11 pm

  17. What lovely signs of Spring. The ball at the base of the Woodland Star petals is pretty in itself.

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    Comment by Vicki — April 24, 2019 @ 8:39 pm

    • The Woodland Star has a very complex structure for such a tiny plant. I sure love seeing them each spring!

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      Comment by montucky — April 24, 2019 @ 9:23 pm

  18. How glad I am when seeing Your Spring flowers. Well-photographed. Thank You. We have had now more than one week warn. This means that everybody enjoys of the touch future summer. πŸ™‚

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    Comment by Sartenada — April 24, 2019 @ 10:33 pm

    • I’m happy to see that it is warming up for you now too! Spring has been a long time coming!

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      Comment by montucky — April 25, 2019 @ 6:07 pm

  19. So many of these are at least a little familiar to me now, and it’s as pleasurable for me to see them as it is to see our own flowers emerging. Your trilliums seem early this year. I think I recall you and Steve Gingold finding them at about the same time each year, but he hasn’t mentioned them yet. They’re such a pretty flower — as are they all. The Woodland Star reminds me of the white Gaillardia: at least in the arrangement of those petals. It’s an entirely different family, of course, but its complexity is pleasing.

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    Comment by shoreacres — April 24, 2019 @ 10:50 pm

    • Actually, the trilliums are late here by about 2 weeks, but they are starting to bloom. With the warm weather we have been having, all of the flowers seem to be trying to catch up.

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      Comment by montucky — April 25, 2019 @ 6:09 pm

  20. It is good to see spring in your area, Montucky! We had a long cool introduction to spring here, and are finally getting into warmer, sunnier weather.

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    Comment by Lavinia Ross — April 25, 2019 @ 9:21 pm

    • That’s just what we have been experiencing here, and the flowers are anxious now to start their new season.

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      Comment by montucky — April 25, 2019 @ 9:46 pm

  21. So beautiful, especially the woodland star!

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — April 26, 2019 @ 3:03 am

    • It’s a favorite too because it is one of the first to bloom. It’s very tiny though and it’s quite hardy despite looking so fragile.

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      Comment by montucky — April 26, 2019 @ 7:07 am

  22. Lovely!πŸ˜‰

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    Comment by heartandsoul974 — April 26, 2019 @ 8:47 am

  23. Oh aren’t they just lovely .. good to hear spring has sprung! πŸ™‚

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — April 27, 2019 @ 2:59 pm

    • After a rather sever February and a rough-and-tumble March, spring is especially appreciated this year. I have missed the wildflowers so much!

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      Comment by montucky — April 27, 2019 @ 8:23 pm

  24. Yes, Spring has come to my neck of the woods, too. So has daily rains and cooler temperatures. Lovely set of color and beauty!

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    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — May 14, 2019 @ 6:58 am


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