Montana Outdoors

June 20, 2017

An unusual pair

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:25 pm

I was going to post some photos of the Baldy Mountain trail from last week, followed by some more of the 345 trail and then a bunch of wildflower species that just began to bloom. But then I ran into this unusual pair today and couldn’t resist posting a few photos of them. (My apologies to anyone who has an aversion to arachnids.)

Spotted Coralroot and yellow crab spider

Spotted Coralroot and yellow crab spider

Spotted Coralroot and yellow crab spider

Spotted Coralroot and yellow crab spider

I don’t understand exactly what the relationship is, but I see that the spider even has some of the orchid’s maroon color marking on its back. The crab spider wouldn’t leave the blossom even though I spent a half hour lying prone trying to steady the camera enough for a focused photo using both forearms, one hand and my hiking staff as a makeshift tripod with the lens only a couple of inches away from him. They must have some kind of mutually beneficial pact.

June 19, 2017

When the light is just exactly right…

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 12:24 pm

Heart-leaf Arnica

Heart-leaf Arnica ~ Arnica cordifolia

June 17, 2017

Orange Honeysuckle

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:18 pm

Orange Honeysuckle

Orange Honeysuckle ~ Lonicera ciliosa

June 15, 2017

An orchid today

Spotted Corallroot ~ Wild orchid

Spotted corallroot ~ Corallorhiza maculata ~ wild orchid

There are always beautiful things to find along the Spring Creek trail, including places on the trail itself:

On the Spring Creek Trail

June 14, 2017

Today’s favorite

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 8:23 pm

Bear Grass

Bear Grass ~ Xerophyllum tenax

June 8, 2017

Wildflowers in the Coeur d’Alenes

Here are the wildflowers (besides the Bear Grass) that I found on the June 4 hike in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains;

Low Jacob's-ladder

Low Jacob's-ladder

Low Jacob’s-ladder ~ Polemonium californicum

Smallflower Miterwort

Smallflower Miterwort ~ Ozomelis stauropetala


Kinnikinnik ~ Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Prickly Currant

Prickly Currant ~ Ribes lacustre

Canary Violet

Canary Violet ~ Viola praemorsa


Baneberry ~ Actaea rubra

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium ~ Trillium Ovatum (These have disappeared at the valley level and at the end of their bloom no up high)

Western Meadow-rue

Western Meadow-rue ~ Thalictrum occidentale

Roundleaf Alumroot

Roundleaf Alumroot ~ Heuchera cylindrica

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