Montana Outdoors

November 13, 2015

Just a glimmer of pink

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 10:01 pm

A few days ago, near the end of my driveway, I noticed just a slight glimmer of pink hugging the ground, nearly imperceptible from a distance of six feet. I thought of it today and looked at it a little closer, from a few inches, and through a lens. The flecks of pink are flower buds of Stork’s Bill (Erodium cicutarium) daring to bloom right on the very edge of winter.

redstem stork's bill, common stork's bill

redstem stork's bill, common stork's bill

redstem stork's bill, common stork's bill

April 21, 2014

Mid-April arrivals

As the weather here has warmed a bit more toward a more normal April, more species of wildflowers have begun to appear. Here are a few more species making their appearance, including one that I have not before noticed or identified; another member of the Saxifrage family (sure wish these were larger).

Oregon grape

Oregon grape

Oregon grape ~ Berberis aquifolium

redstem stork's bill, common stork's bill

Redstem Stork’s bill, Common Stork’s Bill ~ Erodium cicutarium

Northern Biscuitroot

Northern Biscuitroot ~Lomatium farinosum

Shooting star

Shooting star ~ Dodecatheon pulchellum

Maiden blue eyed mary

Maiden blue eyed mary ~ Collinsia parviflora

Glacier Lily; Dogtoothed Violet

Glacier Lily ~ Erythronium grandiflorum

Nuttall's saxifrage

Nuttall’s saxifrage ~ Saxifraga nuttallii

April 25, 2011

Spring Beauties and Stork’s Bills

Western Spring beauty

Western Spring Beauty ~ Claytonia lanceolata

Western Spring beauty

Redstem Stork's Bill, Common Stork's Bill

Redstem Stork’s Bill, Common Stork’s Bill ~ Erodium cicutarium

Redstem Stork's Bill

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