Montana Outdoors

May 6, 2013

Today’s flora & fauna

On today’s walk with the canine member of the family:

Prairie Smoke, Old Man's Whiskers, Purple Avens

Prairie Smoke, Old Man’s Whiskers, Purple Avens, Geum triflorum

Field Chickweed

Field Chickweed, Cerastium arvense

Early blue violet

Early blue violet, Viola adunca

Small Bluebells, Long-flower Bluebells

Long-flower Bluebells, Mertensia longiflora

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep, Ovis canadensis

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

April 14, 2013


Filed under: Spring, Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 7:48 pm

Yesterday in my wanderings I noticed an early blooming bluebell but I had left my camera at home. I thought it might be of interest to post a photo of the flower and another of the place where it is growing and so today The Pointer and I took our walk in that area again, this time with the camera, hoping to find the flower and we did; in the middle of a very nice (and very wet) spring snowstorm.


The bluebell and a whole lot of buttercups live in a sunny spot on this little open ridge just before it slopes down to the stream bottom to the left.

Small Bluebells, Long-flower Bluebells

Small Bluebells, Long-flower Bluebells, Mertensia longiflora

April 25, 2010

Red and white… and blue.

It was a little surprising to see, a few days ago, that the Kinnikinnik is blooming; seems a bit early.


 KinnikinnikKinnikinnik, Bearberry, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, a shrub in the Heath family.

The bluebells are now blooming in more areas and greater numbers, although far less than in a normal year.

Long-flower Bluebells

Long-flower BluebellsSmall Bluebells, Long-flower Bluebells, Mertensia longiflora

April 21, 2010


This evening along the trail there were bells; Bluebells and Fairybells.


Long-flower Bluebells, Mertensia longiflora


Rough-fruited Fairybells, Disporum trachycarpum


April 25, 2009

Not all Bluebells are blue

Not all bluebells are blue

Small Bluebells
Long-flower Bluebells
Mertensia longiflora

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