Montana Outdoors

April 24, 2015

In the last few days…

Many, many years ago, someone driving along Highway 200 tossed out the core of a pear and the seeds took root. The little tree was too close to the highway and the highway crews cut it down year after year. And each year at least a little part remained on the side furthest from the road. This year there is a branch that has formed what may be a new trunk, far enough from the roadway that it might survive. It has grown to about 8 feet high and is just covered with the most beautiful blossoms.

Pear blossoms

Pear blossoms

More species of wildflowers have also begun to bloom, some very early, I think, but surely very welcome!

Meadow death-camas

Meadow death-camas ~ Zigadenus venenosus

Field Chickweed

Field Chickweed ~ Cerastium arvense

Slender Hawksbeard

Slender Hawksbeard ~ Crepis atrabarba

Peak Saxifrage

Peak Saxifrage – Micranthes nidifica

Field Pussytoes

Field Pussytoes ~ Antennaria neglecta

Upland Larkspur

Upland Larkspur ~ Delphinium nuttallianum

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May 31, 2012

Polemonium, Smilacina, Antennaria, Senecio

Showy polemonium,  Jacob's-ladder

Showy polemonium,  Jacob's-ladder

Showy polemonium,  Jacob's-ladder

Showy polemonium, Jacob’s-ladder, Polemonium pulcherrimum, May 20

Star-flowered False Solomon's-seal, Wild lily of the valley

Star-flowered False Solomon’s-seal, Wild lily of the valley, Smilacina stellata, May 20

False Solomon's Seal

False Solomon’s Seal, Smilacina racemes, May 21

Field Pussytoes

Field Pussytoes, Antennaria neglecta, May 21

Western Groundsel

Western Groundsel

Western Groundsel

Western Groundsel, Senecio integerrimus, May 21

May 22, 2011

Wildflowers of spring (3)

Fairyslipper

Fairyslipper ~ Calypso Bulbosa 5/10

Pink Trillium

Pink Trillium 5/10

Large-flower Tritelia, Douglas Brodiaea

Large-flower Tritelia, Douglas Brodiaea

Large-flower Tritelia, Douglas Brodiaea ~ Triteleia grandiflora 5/16

Western Groundsel

Western Groundsel ~ Senecio integerrimus 5/16

Field Pussytoes

Field Pussytoes ~ Antennaria neglecta 5/16

Saskatoon (Serviceberry)

Saskatoon 5/16

June 1, 2010

Cat’s Ears and Pussytoes

The common names that have been given to wildflowers are often a disappointment, but these two seem to be aptly named.

Subalpine Mariposa LilyMountain Cat’s Ear, Subalpine Mariposa Lily, Mountain Mariposa, Calochortus subalpinus

Field PussytoesField Pussytoes, Antennaria neglecta

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