Montana Outdoors

June 24, 2017

Today’s favorite

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 1:19 pm

Spotted Coralroot

Spotted Coralroot ~ Corallorhiza maculata

June 15, 2017

An orchid today

Spotted Corallroot ~ Wild orchid

Spotted corallroot ~ Corallorhiza maculata ~ wild orchid

There are always beautiful things to find along the Spring Creek trail, including places on the trail itself:

On the Spring Creek Trail

June 20, 2015

Wildflowers blooming today,

well, at least on the lower part of the Spring Creek trail.

American twinflower

American twinflower ~ Linnaea borealis

White spirea

White spirea ~ Spiraea lucida

Three-spot Mariposa Lily

Three-spot Mariposa Lily ~ Calochortus apiculatus

Orange Honeysuckle

Orange Honeysuckle ~ Lonicera ciliosa

Spotted Coralroot

Spotted Coralroot ~ Corallorhiza maculata (an orchid)

July 7, 2014

Stalking and stalked

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

Spotted Coralroot

Spotted Coralroot

Spotted Coralroot

Spotted Coralroot ~ Corallorhiza maculata

These flowers are in the orchid family and are saprophytic. They do not have chlorophyll that most plants use for food production and therefore do not have green leaves. They derive their nutrients from decaying organic matter and because of their dependence on that they may be abundant in one part of a forest one year and completely absent there the next. Because they live in such close symbiotic association with soil fungi they cannot be be cultivated.

While I was slithering on my back through the tall grass like an inverted snake, stalking these wild orchids, I heard some noise in the thick brush off the trail which I first attributed to my dog, except that when I glanced up, she was quite close to me. It happened again a quarter of a mile further up the trail when I was in the prone position stalking a stand of Pipsissewa. I suspect it was a cougar just trying to figure out exactly who was slithering around in the middle of his living room. I would certainly do the same.

July 1, 2013

This morning’s wildflowers

With the temperature headed for one hundred today, early morning was the only time for a short hike and yesterday’s post on Jomegat’s Weblog reminded me that the Pipsissewa are starting to bloom, an event I would hate to miss. The wildflowers don’t mind the heat, especially along a wooded canyon trail. There were other flowers in bloom as well.

Bluebell bellflower, Bluebell-of-Scotland, Harebell

Bluebell bellflower, Bluebell-of-Scotland, Harebell, Campanula rotundifolia

Pipsissewa

Pipsissewa, Chimaphila umbellata

Oneleaf foamflower, Sugar scoop, Western foamflower

Oneleaf foamflower, Sugar scoop, Western foamflower, Tiarella trifoliata

Common selfheal

Common selfheal, Prunella vulgaris

Twinflower

Twinflower, Linnaea borealis

Liverleaf wintergreen, Pink pyrola

Liverleaf wintergreen, Pink pyrola

Liverleaf wintergreen, Pink pyrola, Pyrola asarifolia

Nodding onion

Nodding onion, Allium cernuum

Spotted coralroot

Spotted coralroot, Corallorhiza maculata

June 26, 2012

In search of the whuzzit…

Another trip to the home of the “whuzzit” last night yielded no new clues to its identity, but as with every wander in the forest there were other photo ops.

Twinflower

Twinflower, Linnaea borealis

One-leaved Foamflower

One-leaved Foamflower, Tiarella unifoliata

Self-heal (young plant)

Self-heal; just starting to bloom

Spotted Coralroot

Spotted Coralroot, Corallorhiza maculata

Green Wintergreen, Green-flowered Wintergreen

Green Wintergreen, Green-flowered Wintergreen

Green Wintergreen, Green-flowered Wintergreen, pyrola chlorantha

Silver-leaf Phacelia, White-leaf Phacelia

Silver-leaf Phacelia, White-leaf Phacelia , Phacelia hastata

and this guy:

toad

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