Montana Outdoors

August 20, 2011

Bear-grass

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:58 pm

Bear-grass

Bear-grass

Bear-grass

Bear-grass

Bear-grass

Bear-grass

Bear-grass ~ Xerophyllum tenax

June 24, 2009

High country evening

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: — montucky @ 10:31 pm

Bear grass

June 23, 2009

In the spotlight

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 11:34 pm

Bear grass and Indian Paintbrush

(Late this evening on the south slope of Baldy Mountain.)

June 19, 2009

Bear Grass

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 6:51 pm

Today was a day of rain, light to moderate for the most part, but never ceasing. It seemed a good idea to try a hike to a tall peak not far from my house and perhaps get above the clouds, but that turned out to be somewhat like trying to swim up a waterfall: the rain was very heavy up there, the brush was soaking wet and the clouds were so dense there was limited visibility. However…

As the road to the trail head rose to between 5,000 and 6,000 feet the Bear Grass blooms were just about everywhere. I’ve read that each plant blooms only every 5-10 years and the standard is about 7. That makes sense because the only other time I’ve seen Bear Grass blooms this thick was in 2002. They are large flowers and the stalks on most of these were nearly shoulder height.

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

June 2, 2009

A different way to look at Bear-grass

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 6:00 am

It’s a little early yet for Bear-grass begin their summer life in the high elevations, but last night, lower on the slopes of Baldy Mountain I encountered a few that were starting to bloom already and as the sun was setting and dark shadows began to spread through the forest I tried capturing a few somewhat different views of them.

For those not familiar with them, they are large members of the lily family. When fully developed, the blossoms are three to four inches across and and the stalks can get over five feet tall (these were about three feet). They grow in great abundance in certain areas and one can see their big white blooms spread over many acres of open forest.

Bear-grass

Bear-grass

Bear-grass

Bear-grass
Xerophyllum tenax
Lily family

Note: I will be out of town for a couple of days and so will be a little delayed in commenting and responding to comments.

June 29, 2008

Tiny neighbors

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 12:01 pm

A few evenings ago these little aircraft showed up near our back door, drawn by the fluorescent light from a bug zapper. Fortunately, they were too large to fit between the shield bars but stayed around long enough for a photo.

Evening visitor

Evening visitor

On a wood cutting trip into the high country on the same day, this Bear Grass blossom just had to be photographed with its tiny resident, a yellow Crab Spider.

Bear Grass & visitor

We share this world with some interesting little neighbors!

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