Montana Outdoors

April 19, 2017

Munson Creek Trilliums

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 6:15 pm

Today a friend and I hiked up Munson Creek to visit my favorite place to see trilliums. This was my 7th annual visit there and only one day later than usual. This year they were not yet at the peak of their bloom, but I brought back a few photos anyway. These are Pacific Trilliums ~ Trillium Ovatum.

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium

May 3, 2014

A strange spring for western Montana wildflowers

After a winter with large amounts of snowfall (the high country around here still has 140% of normal snowpack) and lots of cloudy/rainy days this spring, the forests are very dry. The rain we’ve had has been mostly light showers with not much water volume, and the flowers which depend on April rain are doing poorly, at least in this specific area. These were taken on a couple of short hikes recently and the selection was not very good.

Round-leaved Violet

Round-leaved Violet ~ Viola orbiculata

In an area that usually abounds with violets, this and the following one were found only on a small hillside where water from snow melting at a higher elevation was trickling out of the ground.

Canadian White violet

Canadian White violet ~ Viola canadensis

Woodland Strawberry

Woodland Strawberry ~ Fragaria vesca

Mule Deer

Mule Deer ~ Odocoileus hemionus: (A fellow wild plant aficionado)

Heart-leaf Arnica

Heart-leaf Arnica

Heart-leaf Arnica ~ Arnica cordifolia

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium ~ Trillium ovatum

These are Pacific or Western White trilliums that are in the final stages of their boom, when they turn pink. It took me awhile initially to realize that the pink ones are not from a different species.

Western Blue Clematis

Western Blue Clematis ~ Clematis occidentalis

Early Blue Violet

Early Blue Violet ~ Viola adunca

Arrowleaf Balsamroot

Arrowleaf Balsamroot ~ Balsamorhiza sagittata

Grand Fir

Grand Fir ~ Abies grandis

Pioneer Violet

Pioneer Violet ~ Viola glabella

April 16, 2014

A small Trillium celebration

On April 18, 2008 while hiking the Munson Creek trail in the TeePee/Spring Creek roadless area, about 2 miles from the trailhead I encountered the largest bloom of trilliums that I’ve ever seen. On April 18 of every year since, I have visited that same place to celebrate the beautiful annual bloom of trilliums. It is sad this year for me to realize that I am not up to that steep hike, not yet, and so today I had a small trillium celebration and photo session not very far up from the trail head where there are several dozen blooming near the footbridge over the creek.

Western White Trillium, Pacific Trillium ~ Trillium ovatum

Western White trillium, Pacific Trillium

Western White trillium, Pacific Trillium

Western White trillium, Pacific Trillium

Western White trillium, Pacific Trillium

Western White trillium, Pacific Trillium

Western White trillium, Pacific Trillium

May 1, 2013

Aging so beautifully…

Filed under: Munson Creek, Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:45 pm

Their petals change to pink or purple as they age.

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium, Trillium ovatum  ~ found blooming today at Munson Creek

April 18, 2013

April 18th ~ Trilliums

On April 18th in 2008 I found a place along the Munson Creek trail where Trilliums abound and I’ve visited that place on April 18th every year since. Usually they are in full bloom but today, although they were plentiful, they have just begun their bloom and the flowers are quite small. At that elevation (3,400 feet) small patches of snow still remain on the ground. After photographing a few of the trilliums I hiked on up the trail to 4,100 feet where winter is still in full season and spring is still in the future.

Western White trillium, Pacific Trillium, Wake Robin, Birthroot

Western White trillium, Pacific Trillium, Wake Robin, Birthroot

Western White trillium, Pacific Trillium, Wake Robin, Birthroot

Western White trillium, Pacific Trillium, Wake Robin, Birthroot

Western White trillium, Pacific Trillium, Wake Robin, Birthroot

Western White trillium, Pacific Trillium, Wake Robin, Birthroot

Western White trillium, Pacific Trillium, Wake Robin, Birthroot, Trillium Ovatum

May 3, 2012

Pink trilliums

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 9:26 pm

These photos were taken on May 1 of flowers from the same population that I photographed on April 16 (when they were white). They are pure white when they first bloom, then turn pink, then rose-colored as they age.

Western white trillium, Pacific trillium, Wake Robin, Birthroot

Western white trillium, Pacific trillium, Wake Robin, Birthroot

Western white trillium, Pacific trillium, Wake Robin, Birthroot

Western white trillium, Pacific trillium, Wake Robin, Birthroot

Western white trillium, Pacific trillium, Wake Robin, Birthroot

Western white trillium, Pacific trillium, Wake Robin, Birthroot

Western white trillium, Pacific trillium, Wake Robin, Birthroot, Trillium ovatum

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