Montana Outdoors

June 17, 2017

More of USFS trail 345

Trail 345 is about 15 miles long. Extending from Baldy Mountain on the east to Big Hole Peak on the west, it follows the crest of a small divide called different names in various places: Loneman Divide, Weeksville Divide or, on old maps, Buffalo Bill Divide. These photos were taken on June 16, 2017 in the rain along Loneman Divide, about 5 miles east of those in the previous post and a thousand feet lower in elevation.

Red Clover

Red Clover ~ Trifolium pratense

Small-flowered Penstemon

Small-flowered Penstemon ~ Penstemon procerus

Pointedtip Mariposa Lily

Pointedtip Mariposa Lily ~ Calochortus apiculatus

Trail 345

Trail 345

Pointedtip Mariposa Lily

Trail 345

Trail 345

Trail 345

Trail 345

Trail 345

Yellow Indian paintrush

Yellow Indian Paintbrush

Stonecrop

Stonecrop ~ Sedum rupicola

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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

June 7, 2011

Wildflowers of spring (9)

This series of photos was taken on one brief trip through an area of the Flathead Reservation not far from here where I also found the Bitterroots in bloom. I must have chosen exactly the right time to go there.

Dalmatian Toadflax, Butter and Eggs

Dalmatian Toadflax, Butter and Eggs, ~ Linaria vulgaris 6/1

Unknown ID

Dame’s Rocket, Wild Phlox ~ Hesperis matronalis.  I see them along the highways, but not usually anywhere near ranch houses, and never away from the roads either. They grow in very thick bunches and get to be over three feet tall. 6/1

Rydberg's penstemon

Rydberg’s penstemon ~ Penstemon rydbergii 6/1

Small-flowered Penstemon, Littleflower Penstemon

Small-flowered Penstemon, Littleflower Penstemon ~ Penstemon procerus 6/1

Yarrow

Yarrow ~ Achillea millefolium 6/1

Cushion Buckwheat

Cushion Buckwheat

Cushion Buckwheat ~ Eriogonum ovalifolium 6/1

Sulphur Lupine

Sulphur Lupine

Sulphur Lupine ~ Lupinus sulphureus 6/1

May 30, 2010

May… the month of the blues

Wild HyacinthLarge-flowered tritelia, Wild Hyacinth, Triteleia grandifloraBrodiaea douglasii

Wild HyacinthLarge-flowered tritelia, Wild Hyacinth, Triteleia grandifloraBrodiaea douglasii

Blue AzureBlue Azure

Early blue violetEarly blue violet, viola adunca

Small-Flowered PenstemonSmall-Flowered Penstemon, Penstemon procerus

Small-Flowered Penstemon Small-Flowered Penstemon, Penstemon procerus

Silvery lupineSilvery lupine, Lupinus argenteus

June 7, 2009

A few more blues.

Just had to squeeze in one more Penstemon!

Small-flowered Penstemon

Small-flowered Penstemon
Penstemon procerus
Figwort family

This photo is a week or so old, but these are blooming everywhere around here now.

Arctic lupine

Arctic Lupine
Lupinus arcticus
Pea family

And while on the subject of the pea family,

American Vetch

American Vetch
Vicia Americana
Pea family

(This Hyacinth heard that “blue” was being featured and crept in through the tall grass.)

Wild Hyacinth/grass

The “not a clue what this little blue flower is” flower. Some kind of monkey flower perhaps? Update: I think this may be Ground Ivy, Glechoma Hederacea, in the Mint family.

Monkey flower?

The flagship of the Harebell family,

Harebell

Harebell, Bluebell of Scotland
Campanula rotundifolia

And last but not least, resplendent with its own blue markings,

Western Tiger Swallowtail-Male

Western Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio rutulus

(I didn’t say they were all flowers!)

May 26, 2009

Color

Small-flowered Penstemon

(Bring on the clowns!)

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