Montana Outdoors

May 9, 2018

Odds and ends

Our wildflowers here have been catching up with their blooming cycles and it’s hard to keep up with finding and photographing them. Here are some of the more recent ones.

Blue-eyed Mary

Blue-eyed Mary

Blue-eyed Mary ~ Collinsia parviflora

Lanceleaf Springbeauty

Lanceleaf Springbeauty ~ Claytonia lanceolata

Utah honeysuckle, Rocky Mountain honeysuckle

Utah Honeysuckle ~ Lonicera utahersis

Oregon boxleaf, boxwood

Oregon Boxleaf ~ Paxistima myrsinites

Heart-leaf Arnica

Heart-leaf Arnica ~ Arnica cordifolia

Blue Clematis

Blue Clematis ~ Clematis occidentalis

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July 26, 2017

A short hike on USFS trail 223 ~ July 11, 2017

Sometimes it’s nice to begin a hike with a pleasant scene.

Clark Fork River

USFS trail 223 starts along the river at an elevation of about 2,400 feet, climbs up and over a small hill then proceeds up the river for another 7 or 8 miles. In their seasons, wildflowers along it are diverse and plentiful. Those included in this post are the late-season ones.

Trail 223

Common Evening Primrose

Evening Primrose (Oenothera villosa): the first one I had seen this year.

Bluebell-of-Scotland

These bluebells are everywhere this time of year and I can seldom pass up a chance to photograph them.

Trail 223

As the trail enters the lower and most dense part of the forest, the color is intense.

three-leaf foamflower

The shade-loving Three-leaf Foamflower ~ Tiarella trifoliata 

Devil's Club

The berries of the Devil’s Club (Oplopanax horridus) are just beginning to turn red.

Bluebell-of-Scotland

Bluebell-of-Scotland

I did mention that I love these bluebells, didn’t I?

Slender Hawkweed

Slender Hawkweed

Slender Hawkweed ~ Hieracium triste

Western Blud Clematis

The seed head of the Blue Clematis, (Clematis occidentalis)

Trail 223

Trail 223

I love the steeper parts of this trail: there is a small stream below.

Pearly Everlasting

Another flower which grows at just about all elevations, Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea).

Clasping Twisted-stalk fruit

These are the fruit of the Clasping Twisted-stalk (Streptopus amplexifolius) which is a plant that I have seen in only two locations. It is interesting because the flowers and fruit appear on the underside of the leaves.

White Sweet-clover

White Sweet-clover ~ Melilotus albus

April 17, 2015

A little of the Munson Creek trail (USFS Tr 372)

Today I hiked the first couple of miles of the Munson Creek trail (from about 2,400 ft elevation to about 3,400 ft elevation) to see how the winter treated it. It was in very good condition, with a sprinkling of wildflowers all along, but only of some of the early blooming species were blooming. It is a steep and rather rough trail that is well worth hiking later in the summer when the valley is hot and the trail is cool and when there are dozens of species of wildflowers in bloom (and I will return later to see them). Here are a few photos of the trail and the flower species now in bloom along that stretch.

Munson Creek trail

Munson Creek trail

Arrowleaf Balsamroot

Arrowleaf Balsamroot ~ Balsamorhiza sagittata

Munson Creek trail

Oblongleaf Bluebells, Sagebrush Bluebells

Oblongleaf Bluebells, Sagebrush Bluebells

Oblongleaf Bluebells, Sagebrush Bluebells ~ Mertensia oblongifolia

Hooker's Fairy Bells

Hooker’s Fairy Bells ~ Disporum hookeri

Blue Clematis

Blue Clematis ~ Clematis occidentalis

Munson Creek trail

Yellow Glacier Lily

Yellow Glacier Lily, Erythronium grandiflorum

Western White Trillium

Western White Trillium ~ Trillium Ovatum

Munson Creek trail

Munson Creek trail

Munson Creek trail

April 14, 2015

Any day is a good day if there’s a Trillium in it.

The Trilliums are starting to bloom now at the footbridge over Munson Creek. (And a couple of friends joined in.)

Western White Trillium

Western White Trillium

Western White Trillium

Western White Trillium ~ Trillium Ovatum

Blue Clematis

Blue Clematis ~ Clematis occidentalis

Rough-fruited Fairybells

Rough-fruited Fairybells ~ Disporum trachycarpum

May 4, 2012

Arnica, Clematis, Gromwell

In May, the wildflower parade continues…

Heart-leaved Arnica, Heart-leaf leopard bane

Heart-leaved Arnica, Heart-leaf leopard bane

Heart-leaved Arnica, Heart-leaf leopard bane

Heart-leaved Arnica, Heart-leaf leopard bane, Arnica cordifolia

Blue Clematis, Columbia clematis

Blue Clematis, Columbia clematis

Blue Clematis, Columbia clematis

Blue Clematis, Columbia clematis

Blue Clematis, Columbia clematis, Clematis occidentalis

Lemonweed, Western Gromwell, Western stoneseed

Lemonweed, Western Gromwell, Western stoneseed, Lithospermum ruderale

May 20, 2011

Wildflowers of spring (2)

Kinnikinnik

Kinnikinnik ~ Arctostaphylos uva-ursi – 5/6

Holboell's Rockcress

Holboell’s Rockcress ~ Arabis holboellii – 5/6

Blue clematis

Blue clematis ~ Clematis occidentalis – This is a vine and it climbs into the lower branches of nearby trees. The blossoms often look like bluebirds flying through the forest. – 5/10

Utah Honeysuckle

Utah Honeysuckle ~ Lonicera utahensis – 5/13

Heart-leaved Arnica bud

Heart-leaved Arnica bud ~ Arnica cordifolia – 5/13

Western Larch

Western Larch ~ Larix occidentalis – (Not a flower, just the beauty of new leaves on our deciduous conifer!) – 5/13

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