Montana Outdoors

May 27, 2018

Mountain Lady’s Slippers

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:20 pm

Seldom do I go out looking for a particular flower, but after an outing yesterday it occurred to me that the Lady’s Slippers should be starting to bloom and so today I drove to a place where I usually see them and, happily, they are in peak bloom. I’m glad that I didn’t miss it! They are one of the prettiest of the wild orchids native to this region.

Mountain Lady's Slipper

Mountain Lady's Slipper

Mountain Lady's Slipper

Mountain Lady's Slipper

Mountain Lady's Slipper

Mountain Lady's Slipper

Mountain Lady's Slipper

Mountain Lady’s Slipper ~ cypripedium montanum

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May 26, 2017

Today’s new arrivals

Mountain Lady's Slipper

Mountain Lady's Slipper

Mountain Lady’s Slipper ~ Cypripedium montanum ~ Wild Orchid

Redosier Dogwood

Redosier Dogwood ~ Cornus sericea

Small-flowered Penstemon

Small-flowered Penstemon

Small-flowered Penstemon ~ Penstemon procerus

May 20, 2016

Mountain lady’s slipper

mountain lady's slipper

This species of this small orchid is native only to 6 western states, Alaska and western Canada..

May 26, 2014

Wildflowers in the rain

Pointedtip Mariposa Lily, Three-spot Mariposa Lily

Pointedtip Mariposa Lily, Three-spot Mariposa Lily, Baker’s Mariposa ~ Calochortus apiculatus

Woolly Groundsel

Woolly Groundsel ~ Packera cana

Poison Larkspur

Poison Larkspur ~ Delphinium trolliifolium

Yellow Salsify, Meadow Goatsbeard

Yellow Salsify, Meadow Goatsbeard ~ Tragopogon dubius

Howell's Pussytoes

Howell’s Pussytoes ~ Antennaria howellii

Choke Cherry

Choke Cherry ~ Prunus Virginiana

Mountain Lady's Slipper

Mountain Lady’s Slipper ~ Cypripedium montanum

Antelope Bitterbrush

Antelope Bitterbrush, Antelope-brush ~ Purshia tridentata

Rydberg's Penstemon

Rydberg’s Penstemon ~ Penstemon rydbergii

Starry False Lily-of-the-valley, Star-flowered Solomon's-seal

Starry False Lily-of-the-valley, Star-flowered Solomon’s-seal ~ Maianthemum stellatum

Smallflower Miterwort

Smallflower Miterwort, Side-flowered Mitrewort, Cross-shaped Mitrewort ~ Ozomelis stauropetala

Feathery False Lily-of-the-valley, Plumed Solomon's Seal

Feathery False Lily-of-the-valley, Plumed Solomon’s Seal, Plumed Spikenard ~ Maianthemum racemosum

The thing about photographing wildflowers is that you have to be there when they are blooming, which means lots and lots of trips into the woods, the meadows, the trails and along the streams – sunshine or rain. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!

May 11, 2012

Mountain Lady’s slipper

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:14 pm

Mountain Lady's slipper

Mountain Lady's slipper

Mountain Lady's slipper

Mountain Lady's slipper

Mountain Lady’s slipper, Cypripedium montanum

June 22, 2008

Mountain Lady’s Slipper

This member of the Orchid family is always a real treat to discover in the back country. It is near extinction in many areas and rare in others. Acting on a tip from a friend, I made a short trip into the Weeksville Creek area in the Cabinet Mountains today and found several dozen of them in bloom. Previously I had only seen them ten miles away, in the Coeur D’Alene mountains.

Mountain Lady’s slipper, Cypripedium montanum
Mountain Lady's slipper

Mountain Lady's slipper

Mountain Lady's slipper

Mountain Lady's slipper

Mountain Lady's slipper

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