Montana Outdoors

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

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June 2, 2017

East of Big Hole

Today a friend and I hiked several miles on an old road on the east slope of Big Hole looking for a trail that has been decommissioned by the Forest Service and abandoned for many years. We found it in pretty bad shape with a large number of trees down over it. It would be nice if we could convince the Forest Service to revive it because it would complete a nice loop that would be good for horse people as well as an occasional hiker.

I’ve included a few photos showing what the old road looks like, followed by some of the things that are in bloom at 5.600 feet. The road was cleaned up last year to allow some heavy equipment to get up to work on the Copper King fire so it will be in good shape for a few years before the Alders again close in over it.

Road 7578

SE slope Big Hole

Road 7578

These tiny flowers (about 1/8 inch across) caught my eye but I can’t positively identify them. I think they may be Western Wood Anemones (Anemone oregana) but I’m not positive.

Western Wood Anemone

Western Wood Anemone

Sitka Alder

Sitka Alder ~ Alnus viridis

Utah honeysuckle

Utah Honeysuckle ~ Lonicera utahensis

Huckleberry

Huckleberry ~ Vaccinium membranaceum

Northern Black Currant

Northern Black Currant ~ Ribes hudsonianum

May 3, 2017

New arrivals

Redstem Stork's Bill

Redstem Stork’s Bill ~ Erodium cicutarium

Hooker's Fairybells

Hooker’s Fairybells ~ Prosartes hookeri

Utah honeysuckle

Utah honeysuckle ~ Lonicera utahensis

Blue-eyed Mary

Blue-eyed Mary~ Collinsia parviflora

Arrowleaf Balsamroot

Arrowleaf Balsamroot~ Balsamorhiza sagittata

(As a size comparison, a few Blue-eyed Marys can be seen in the background of this last photo.)

July 8, 2013

It’s getting along toward that time of the season

Last Saturday there some shrubs along the trail with pairs of red berries; Utah Honeysuckle. Then today as I was enjoying some Serviceberries (my favorite wild fruit) I noticed the seed head of a Goat’s Beard, and I realized that it is already getting into the mature time of the season.

Utah honeysuckle, Rocky Mountain honeysuckle

Utah Honeysuckle

Utah Honeysuckle, Lonicera utahensis

Yellow Salsify, Goat's Beard

Yellow Salsify, Goat's Beard,

Yellow Salsify, Goat’s Beard, Tragopogon dubius

Saskatoon, Serviceberry

Saskatoon, Serviceberry

Saskatoon, Serviceberry, Amelanchier alnifolia

April 30, 2012

And more April flowers

This is appearing to be an unusual spring for wildflowers. Some seem to be blooming later than normal and some seem to be early. In this and the following post I will show the rest of this year’s April blooms that I’ve encountered.

Stream Violet, Wood Violet

Stream Violet, Wood Violet, Viola glabella

Stream Violet, Wood Violet

Stream Violet, Wood Violet, Viola glabella

Redstem Stork's Bill

Redstem Stork’s Bill, Erodium cicutarium

Redstem Stork's Bill

Redstem Stork’s Bill, Erodium cicutarium

Utah Honeysuckle, Red Twinberry

Utah Honeysuckle, Red Twinberry, Lonicera utahensis

Utah Honeysuckle, Red Twinberry

Utah Honeysuckle, Red Twinberry, Lonicera utahensis

Falsebox, Mountain Boxwood, Oregon Boxwood

Falsebox, Mountain Boxwood, Oregon Boxwood, Pachistima (or Paxistima) myrsinites

Common Dandelion

Common Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale

June 13, 2011

Wildflowers of spring (11)

White Campion, Bladder Campion

White Campion, Bladder Campion ~ Silene latifolia 6/2

Henbit Deadnettle, Common Dead-nettle, Giraffehead

Henbit Deadnettle, Common Dead-nettle, Giraffehead ~ Lamium amplexicaule 6/2

Tolmie's star-tulip, Tolmie's mariposa-lily, Cat's-ears

Tolmie’s star-tulip, Tolmie’s mariposa-lily, Cat’s-ears ~ Calochortus tolmiei 6/2

Thread-leaved Phacelia, Thread-leaf Scorpion-weed

Thread-leaved Phacelia, Thread-leaf Scorpion-weed ~ Phacelia linearis 6/3

Largeflower triteleia

Largeflower triteleia ~ Triteleia grandiflora, Brodiaea douglasii 6/3

Utah honeysuckle, Rocky Mountain honeysuckle

Utah honeysuckle, Rocky Mountain honeysuckle ~ Lonicera utahensis 6/5

Sticky Currant, Mountains Currant

Sticky Currant, Mountains Currant ~ Ribes viscosissimum 6/5

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