Montana Outdoors

May 22, 2017

More new arrivals

Indian Paint Brush

Feathery False Lily of the Valley

Feathery False Lily of the Valley ~ Maianthemum racemosum

Wild Strawberry

Wild Strawberry ~ Fragaria virginiana

Upland Larkspur

Upland Larkspur ~ Delphinium nuttallianum

New wildflowers are emerging daily in the valley but the high trails are still under snow:

Big Hole Lookout Trail

USFS trail 368 at about 5,600 feet.

May 20, 2017

Today the Geraniums began to bloom

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Sticky Purple Geranium

Sticky Purple Geranium

Sticky Purple Geranium

Sticky Purple Geranium ~ Geranium viscosissimum

May 19, 2017

Indian Paintbrush appreciation…

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Scarlet Indian Paintbrush

Scarlet Indian Paintbrush

Scarlet Indian Paintbrush

Scarlet Indian Paintbrush

Scarlet Indian Paintbrush

Scarlet Indian Paintbrush

Scarlet Indian Paintbrush

Scarlet Indian Paintbrush ~ Castilleja miniata

May 18, 2017

New arrivals…

Ground-Ivy

Ground-ivy ~ Glechoma hederacea

Rocky Mountain groundsel

Rocky Mountain groundsel ~ Packera streptanthifolia

Ponderosa Pine

Ponderosa Pine ~ Pinus ponderosa

Large-flowered Tritelia

Large-flowered Tritelia ~ Triteleia grandiflora

Fern-leaved Desert-parsley

Fern-leaved Desert-parsley ~ Lomatium dissectum

Oregon boxleaf

Oregon Boxleaf ~ Paxistima myrsinites

Western Blue Clematis

Western Blue Clematis ~ Clematis occidentalis

White Campion in the rain

White Campion ~ Silene latifolia

May 17, 2017

There are Camas, and there are Camas…

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Camus

Camus

Camus

Camus

Camus

Camus

Common Camas or Blue Camas ~ Cammassia quamash

The bulbs of the Blue Camas, which are starchy, nutritious and have a high sugar content were an important food source for the indigenous tribes in the west and northwest parts of the U.S. and Canada. Many Indian wars were fought for the collecting rights to cherished camas meadows, and as the explorers (including Lewis & Clark and Discovery), trappers and early settlers arrived they also depended on the Camas bulbs for some of their sustenance. “Camas Prairie” is a well known place name in an area close to where I live and also in an area in eastern Idaho as well as other areas across the west.

The other Camas however, is deadly.

Meadow Death Camas

Meadow Death Camas ~ Zigadenus venenosus is, as the name implies, extremely toxic and can cause death in people and cattle or other animals that graze on them and a big problem is that its bulb is nearly identical in looks to the bulb of the Blue Camas. I hate to think about just how it was discovered that they were deadly toxic to humans!

May 15, 2017

Violets along the trail

Violets have appeared along the Spring Creek Trail (USFS trail 370 into the TeePee/Spring Creek roadless area).

Early Blue Violet

Early Blue Violet

Early Blue Violet ~ Viola adunca

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