Montana Outdoors

June 23, 2009

In the spotlight

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 11:34 pm

Bear grass and Indian Paintbrush

(Late this evening on the south slope of Baldy Mountain.)

May 26, 2009

Indian paintbrush

Photographed in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains of western Montana near the Cherry Peak Roadless area.

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

Common red paintbrush
Castilleja miniata
Figwort family

August 8, 2008

Paint and cedar

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: — montucky @ 7:12 pm

This unusual combination of two of my favorite plants exists at an elevation of about 5,500 feet on the northeast shoulder of Bighole Peak in a very lonesome place where it usually would be seen only by the creatures of the wild country.

Paint and cedar

It has been haunting me since I photographed it a few days ago.

July 27, 2008

A good year for the paints!

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

The Indian Paintbrush has long been a favorite of mine and I have been delighted this year to see them more beautiful than I’ve ever seen them before. These are growing along the Forest Service road that provides access to the northern part of the Patrick’s Knob roadless area in western Montana’s Coeur d’Alene Mountains.

June 18, 2008

Red, white and yellow

The pink one is “center stage”.
(Indian Paintbrush)
Indian paintbrush

Who can resist a bud?
Indian paint bud

Heck of a note: I can’t ID either one!
Unknown

Lanceleaf Springbeauty, Claytonia lanceolataUnknown

Drummond’s campion, Silene drummondiiUnknown

Yarrow
Yarrow

Yellow Violets
Violets

Wild Snapdragon
Wild Snapdragons

June 10, 2008

The flowers at Spring Creek

***Note: I’ll likely be off the air for a time while I convert my stuff over to a new iMac, which also involves trying to forget over 20 years of the Microsoft way of operating. Please don’t think I’m ignoring anyone…. pray for me!***

I have posted photos of a few of the flowers that are found in the Spring Creek area here in western Montana, most notably the Tolmie star-tulips. Following are some I haven’t posted eariler including a few new photos of previous ones.

The blossoms in the next two photos are tiny, at a little less than an eighth of an inch across, and very fragile. I noticed them for the first time last year and nearly overlooked them along the trail this year.

Smallflower mitrewort, Piper flowers, Mitella stauropetala

Smallflower mitrewort

Mitella stauropetala

It’

s easy to get carried away photographing the Blue Clematis and I did. Please bear with me.

Blue Clematis, Western blue virginsbower, Clematis occidentalis

Blue clematis

Blue clematis

Blue Clematis

Blue Clematis

(Thanks to some expert help from Tabbie and Adam, I’ve identified this one as Thalictrum occidentale or Thalictrum occidentalis, Western meadow-rue)

Unknown

Red clover

Red clover

Lupines

Lupines

Lupines

Indian paintbrush

Indian paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

Calypso orchid

Calypso orchid

Red trillium

Red trillium

Wild currants

Wild currant blossoms

Blue violet

Blue violet

(By the time I get my system converted I’

m sure there will be more new ones ready for the lens!)

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