Montana Outdoors

May 4, 2017

Where they grow

Filed under: Weeksville Creek, Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 8:18 pm

Weeksville Canyon

It occurred to me that it might be of interest to see the view that the Fairy Slippers in the previous post have through their living room window. The dog is my best friend and trail companion (the best trail dog that I’ve ever seen). The Clark Fork River valley is in the distance (and a thousand feet below) and the Weeksville Creek Canyon is in the foreground.

Following are some of the early wildflowers that are also blooming in that vicinity now: Fairybells, Glacier Lilies, Bluebells and Pacific Trilliums.

Hooker's Fairybells

Glacier Lily


Pacific Trillium


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 27, 2014

A short hike today on Spring Creek trail

Spring Creek trail

Glacier Lily, Yellow Glacier Lily, Yellow Avalanche Lily

Glacier Lily, Yellow Glacier Lily, Yellow Avalanche Lily ~ Erythronium grandiflorum

Spring Creek trail

Small Bluebells

Small Bluebells, Long-flowered Lungwort, Trumpet Bluebells ~ Mertensia longiflora

Mixed lichens and moss

It was still quite cold in the Spring Creek canyon today with patches of snow remaining in the heavier brush off to the sides of the trail and the wildflowers this year are blooming two to three weeks later than most years, but it was so nice to be hiking on a back-country trail again. Although I can’t hike all of this trail today, I will later and it leads into the TeePee/Spring Creek roadless area where the headwaters of the creek form on the southern slope of Big Hole Peak.

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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