Montana Outdoors

June 12, 2013

Honeysuckle, Miterwort, Twinflower and a rose with a beard…

Orange Honeysuckle

Orange Honeysuckle, Lonicera ciliosa

Smallflower Miterwort

Smallflower Miterwort, Mitella stauropetala


Twinflower, Linnaea borealis

Woods Rose

Woods Rose, Rosa woodsii

May 19, 2013

An hour on the Spring Creek trail

A little spare time in the late afternoon, a short drive, cool green shade and flowers.

Scarlet Indian Paintbrush

Scarlet Indian Paintbrush, Castilleja miniata


Kinnikinnik, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Howell's pussytoes

Howell’s pussytoes, Antennaria howellii

Woodland Strawberry

Woodland Strawberry, Fragaria vesca

Yellow Coralroot

Yellow Coralroot, Corallorhiza trifida

This encounter made my day! It was the first time that I’ve encountered this saprophytic orchid. Its greenish tinge suggests that it may be capable of manufacturing at least a part of its food to supplement its normal diet of decaying organic material.

Smallflower Miterwort

Smallflower Miterwort, Mitella stauropetala

Heart-leaf Arnica

Heart-leaf Arnica, Arnica cordifolia

Early Blue Violet

Early Blue Violet, Viola adunca

Star-flowered Solomon's-seal

Star-flowered Solomon’s-seal, Maianthemum stellatum

Feathery False Lily-of-the-valley

Feathery False Lily-of-the-valley, maianthemum racemosum

Western Gromwell

Western Gromwell, Lithospermum ruderale

May 31, 2011

Wildflowers of spring (7)

 Smallflower Miterwort

Smallflower Miterwort, Side-flowered Mitrewort, Cross-shaped Mitrewort ~ Mitella stauropetala 5/27

Wild Strawberry

Wild Strawberry ~ Fragaria virginiana 5/23

Bitter Cherry

Bitter Cherry ~ Prunus emarginata 5/23

False Solomon's Seal

False Solomon’s Seal ~ Smilacina racemosa 5/25

Prickly Currant

Prickly Currant, Bristly Black Gooseberry, Swamp Gooseberry, Swamp Currant ~ Ribes lacustre 5/25

Leaf jewel

Leaf jewel

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


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)


Red clover

Red clover




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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