Montana Outdoors

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…

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 9:54 am

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 16, 2017

The trail and the stream

Filed under: Teepee-Spring Creek roadless area — Tags: — montucky @ 6:29 pm

The Spring Creek Trail welcomes a hiker into a rather crowded pine and fir forest, then enters a cedar canyon through which the creek cascades. Following are a few photos of both.

Spring Creek Trail

Spring Creek Trail

Spring Creek Trail

Spring Creek Trail

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

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

May 13, 2017

Not today

Filed under: Spring — Tags: — montucky @ 8:28 pm

I knew it would look like this, but it’s always worth a try: it’s only a few miles from home, and sometimes it’s nice to see a couple of favorite trail heads while they are still under the influence of winter. Today my pack stayed in the car: I didn’t try the snow packed trails to Blossom and Pear lakes on the Montana side of the pass nor test the even deeper snow up to Revett Lake on the Idaho side. In another month… but for now winter is still only a half mile higher than the valley.

Thompson Pass

Thompson Pass

Thompson Pass

Thompson Pass

Thompson Pass

Thompson Pass

May 11, 2017

Mid May wildflowers

You know it will be a pleasant hike when it starts out like this:

Munson Creek

Munson Creek

Oregon Grape

Oregon Grape ~ Berberis aquifolium

Howell's pussytoes

Howell’s Pussytoes ~ Antennaria howellii

Dandelion

A Dandelion was competing with some undergrowth for light and its stem was nearly two feet long.

Lemonweed, Western Gromwell

Lemonweed, Western Gromwell ~ Lithospermum ruderale

Pink Pacific Trillium

This Pacific Trillium is about at the end of its blooming time and has turned pink.

Field Chickweed

Field Chickweed ~ Cerastium arvense

Heart-leaf Arnica

Heart-leaf Arnica ~ Arnica cordifolia

Heart-leaf Arnica

Arnica bud

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