Montana Outdoors

May 31, 2019

May flowers

For several reasons (not to be considered adequate excuses) I have not posted many of the flowers that have bloomed in May this year. I will try to catch up a bit.

Falso Solomon's Seal

False Solomon’s Seal ~ Smilacina racemosa

Field Chickweed

Field Chickweed ~ Cerastium arvense

Heart leaf Arnica

Heart leaf Arnica~ Arnica cordifolia

Rusty Saxifrage

Rusty Saxifrage ~ Micranthes ferruginea

Ballhead Waterleaf

Ballhead Waterleaf

Ballhead Waterleaf

Ballhead Waterleaf

Ballhead Waterleaf ~ Hydrophyllum capitatum

Several photos of the Waterleaf have been included because it is rather special to me. I have encountered it in only two locations in all of my wanderings, these growing along an old logging road that runs below Big Hole Peak at an elevation of about 5,200 feet. It’s in a rather secluded location and few people around here ever get to see it.


May 24, 2018

The saga of a Waterleaf

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:30 pm

Wednesday I made an excursion up the road to the Big Hole Lookout trail head and was able to drive that far. I decided to hike a few hundred yards up a gated road where there is a clearing through the trees that allows a pretty good view over the Clark Fork Valley and I thought I would get a picture from there. Since that was a short distance I put a 35mm prime lens on my camera for the shot, tucked my macro lens safely in my pack and left it in the Jeep and headed up the road. I should have known better. A mile and a half up the road when I bent down to take a picture of some very, very fresh bear scat (probably no one wants to see that picture) I noticed on the hillside below the road there was a little bit or purple showing.

When I investigated the spot where I saw the color, I was delighted to find that it was a wildflower that I had seen only once before, a decade ago; A Ballhead Waterleaf. These photos were the best that I could do with the 35mm lens.

Ballhead Waterleaf

Ballhead Waterleaf

Ballhead Waterleaf

Ballhead Waterleaf ~ hydrophyllum capitatum

Yes, I did get the shot of the valley that I wanted before I continued to wander and later another of Baldy Mountain off to the northeast, Those flowers are living in a beautiful piece of back country!

Clark Fork River valley

Clark Fork River Valley

Baldy Mountain

Baldy Mountain, photographed from the Big Hole Lookout road

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