Montana Outdoors

March 7, 2016

Spring is developing quickly now

Filed under: Flowers, Spring, Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:08 pm

Today the first crocus of the season is starting to bloom:


and the first Bumble bee of the new year made its appearance. (This was a “hip shot”: the Bumble was a very quick and very busy bee).

Bumble bee on Buttercup

The first Draba verna is also blooming on a warm cliff just above the river.

Whitlow grass

Whitlow grass

March 26, 2015

While waiting for the wildflowers…

Filed under: Flowers — Tags: — montucky @ 9:25 pm


December 13, 2013

April diversity

While reviewing some photos taken during 2013, I was reminded of the diversity that we encounter here during the month of April. Following are a few photos taken in April, 2013:

Thompson Pass

April 1, Thompson Pass ~ I hiked a mile and a half on snowshoes over six feet of snow to find a trail head but was unable to find it because all of the signs and markings were below the snow level.


April 5, our first Crocus was in bloom in one of the flower beds.

Western White Trillium

April 11, Western White Trillium, Trillium Ovatum in bloom at the bottom end of Munson Creek.

Darkthroat Shootingstar

April 13, Darkthroat Shootingstar, Dodecatheon pulchellum blooming just above the river.

Western White Trillium

April 18, Western White Trillium, Trillium Ovatum in bloom 2 miles up the Munson Creek trail. This was the fourth consecutive year that I caught the spectacular bloom of the trilliums in that one small area along the trail.

White on white

April 21, A sudden spring snow brought a relapse back to winter.

Clark Fork River

April 22, Most of the previous day’s snow had already melted down by the river.

Holboell's rockcress

April 22, Holboell’s rockcress, Boechera pendulocarpa was in bloom on a warm rock face just above the river.

March 26, 2013

One sunny day

Filed under: Flowers, Spring — Tags: , — montucky @ 4:23 pm

During many cold nights and snowy, cloudy days these little Crocus waited for one sunny day.


March 5, 2012

New arrival

Filed under: Flowers, Spring — Tags: — montucky @ 9:17 pm

Just two days ago I went to a flower bed on the east side of our house to check a crocus that has historically been the first one here to open each spring. It was still buried in a snow bank a foot deep. Yesterday, my wife advised me that there is now one blooming on the west side of the house: I hadn’t even known it was there!


March 30, 2011

Rainy day Crocus

Filed under: Flowers — Tags: — montucky @ 7:27 pm


This one picked a dark and rainy day on which to open. It had opened only two or three minutes before the photo was taken.

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