Montana Outdoors

April 18, 2017

Glacier Lilies ~ Avalanche Lilies

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 6:38 pm

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

April 5, 2015

A Lily for Easter

Filed under: Spring, Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 7:07 pm

This was in full bloom today (after a night time temperature of 20°F), a week earlier than I’ve ever seen before, but just in time for Easter. Happy Easter, everyone!

Yellow Glacier Lily

Yellow Glacier Lily ~ Erythronium grandiflorum

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

May 10, 2013

Spring Beauties

Having not encountered any of these in my wanderings in the valley this spring, I feared that I had missed seeing them this year…

Lanceleaf Springbeauty

Lanceleaf Springbeauty

Lanceleaf Springbeauty

Lanceleaf Springbeauty, Claytonia lanceolata

but here they are, growing next to snowbanks where they like it most,

Big Hole LO trail

Big Hole Lookout trail

and as usual, these are blooming along with them.

Glacer Lily, Avalanche Lily

Glacier Lily, Avalanche Lily, Erythronium grandiflorum

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