Montana Outdoors

April 25, 2019

Today’s wildflower finds

This afternoon it seemed to me that I ought to check the area of West Swamp Creek (about 20 miles to the southwest of my home). Sure enough, there were several species blooming there in profusion and I was glad that I paid attention to my hunch.

Small White Violet

Small White Violet ~ Viola macloskeyi

Both the white and yellow violets are growing right in the water of a small spring fed stream, which makes photographing them a rather wet and messy endeavor, but that’s alright because it is now warm!

Pioneer Violet

Pioneer Violet ~ Viola glabella

Pioneer Violet and Alpine Springbeauty

Alpine Springbeauty

Alpine Springbeauty ~ Claytonia megarhiza

Glacier Lily

Glacier Lily ~ Erythronium grandiflorum

Shooting Star

Shooting Star ~ Dodecatheon pulchellum

Small Bluebells

Small Bluebells ~ Mertensia longiflora

Slender Phlox

Slender Phlox ~ Microsteris gracilis

April 23, 2019

Finally!

Spring has finally come to this part of western Montana and the first wildflowers are now starting to bloom. Everything here is about a month late this year.

Woodland Star

Woodland Star ~ Lithophragma glabrum

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush Buttercup ~ Ranunculus glaberrimus

White Trillium

White Trillium ~ Trillium ovatum

Yellow Glacier Lily

Yellow Glacier Lily ~ Erythronium grandiflorum

May 8, 2018

Yellow Glacier Lily

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Glacier lily, Avalanche Lily

Glacier lily, Avalanche Lily

Glacier lily, Avalanche Lily

Glacier lily, Avalanche Lily

Yellow Glacier Lily, Yellow Avalanche Lily ~ erythronium grandiflorum

These are early spring flowers so they have been blooming for awhile. In fact they are through blooming in most of the lower elevations, but they are in peak bloom now higher up (above 3,000 feet). Their bulbs were an important food item for some of the indigenous people in this region.

April 18, 2017

Glacier Lilies ~ Avalanche Lilies

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Glacier lily, Avalanche Lily

Glacier Lily ~ Erythronium grandiflorum

Glacier lily, Avalanche Lily

Glacier lily, Avalanche Lily

White Shooting Star

(And a somewhat rare white Shooting Star)

April 9, 2016

Trilliums and Glacier Lilies

Glacier Lily

Glacier Lily

Glacier Lily

Western White Trillium

Western White Trillium

Western White Trillium

Western White Trillium

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

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