Montana Outdoors

June 19, 2018

Arnica

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Heart-leaf Arnica

Heart-leaf Arnica ~ arnica cordifolia

Bear-grass is now blooming at the higher elevations, and it is a good year for it: thousands of flowers are covering the openings in the forest for miles. I was getting a few pictures of the Bear-grass today when this little Arnica flower just seemed to steal the show.

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May 9, 2018

Odds and ends

Our wildflowers here have been catching up with their blooming cycles and it’s hard to keep up with finding and photographing them. Here are some of the more recent ones.

Blue-eyed Mary

Blue-eyed Mary

Blue-eyed Mary ~ Collinsia parviflora

Lanceleaf Springbeauty

Lanceleaf Springbeauty ~ Claytonia lanceolata

Utah honeysuckle, Rocky Mountain honeysuckle

Utah Honeysuckle ~ Lonicera utahersis

Oregon boxleaf, boxwood

Oregon Boxleaf ~ Paxistima myrsinites

Heart-leaf Arnica

Heart-leaf Arnica ~ Arnica cordifolia

Blue Clematis

Blue Clematis ~ Clematis occidentalis

June 19, 2017

When the light is just exactly right…

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 12:24 pm

Heart-leaf Arnica

Heart-leaf Arnica ~ Arnica cordifolia

May 11, 2017

Mid May wildflowers

You know it will be a pleasant hike when it starts out like this:

Munson Creek

Munson Creek

Oregon Grape

Oregon Grape ~ Berberis aquifolium

Howell's pussytoes

Howell’s Pussytoes ~ Antennaria howellii

Dandelion

A Dandelion was competing with some undergrowth for light and its stem was nearly two feet long.

Lemonweed, Western Gromwell

Lemonweed, Western Gromwell ~ Lithospermum ruderale

Pink Pacific Trillium

This Pacific Trillium is about at the end of its blooming time and has turned pink.

Field Chickweed

Field Chickweed ~ Cerastium arvense

Heart-leaf Arnica

Heart-leaf Arnica ~ Arnica cordifolia

Heart-leaf Arnica

Arnica bud

April 25, 2016

Arnica

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 8:49 am

Heart-leaf Arnica

Heart-leaf Arnica

Heart-leaf Arnica

May 3, 2014

A strange spring for western Montana wildflowers

After a winter with large amounts of snowfall (the high country around here still has 140% of normal snowpack) and lots of cloudy/rainy days this spring, the forests are very dry. The rain we’ve had has been mostly light showers with not much water volume, and the flowers which depend on April rain are doing poorly, at least in this specific area. These were taken on a couple of short hikes recently and the selection was not very good.

Round-leaved Violet

Round-leaved Violet ~ Viola orbiculata

In an area that usually abounds with violets, this and the following one were found only on a small hillside where water from snow melting at a higher elevation was trickling out of the ground.

Canadian White violet

Canadian White violet ~ Viola canadensis

Woodland Strawberry

Woodland Strawberry ~ Fragaria vesca

Mule Deer

Mule Deer ~ Odocoileus hemionus: (A fellow wild plant aficionado)

Heart-leaf Arnica

Heart-leaf Arnica

Heart-leaf Arnica ~ Arnica cordifolia

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium ~ Trillium ovatum

These are Pacific or Western White trilliums that are in the final stages of their boom, when they turn pink. It took me awhile initially to realize that the pink ones are not from a different species.

Western Blue Clematis

Western Blue Clematis ~ Clematis occidentalis

Early Blue Violet

Early Blue Violet ~ Viola adunca

Arrowleaf Balsamroot

Arrowleaf Balsamroot ~ Balsamorhiza sagittata

Grand Fir

Grand Fir ~ Abies grandis

Pioneer Violet

Pioneer Violet ~ Viola glabella

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