Montana Outdoors

July 5, 2016

A pretty wild orchid… a very short hike

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:34 pm

Most often the photos in my posts are taken in the course of a hike, typically eight to ten miles or so, but this one was taken on a hike of less than fifty yards; in my own back yard.

Many years ago when we first moved to this place we decided that we would leave nearly all of the property in its original natural state, and so it has been, with a few minor exceptions. Down below the house there is an area one could call a “thicket”, mostly full of hawthorn trees and other shrubs and with all of the sharp spines, a rather inhospitable place. Over the years I have created and maintained a couple small paths (about 18 inches wide and six feet tall) through it as a courtesy to the deer, giving them a hidden route to follow and a friendly place to hang out, where they can be out of sight and out of danger. I periodically clip out the dead branches that infringe on the trail and in doing so the other day I discovered some plants that I had never seen there before; White Bog-orchids. I suspect that it was Nature’s way of rewarding me for my kindness to Her deer.

White Bog-orchid

White Bog-orchid ~ Platanthera dilatata

July 20, 2013

White and green orchids

While these are not at all rare, perhaps because of the time of their bloom I see few of these wild orchids (and maybe because they are very easy to overlook in the tall grasses of mid-summer).

white or boreal bog orchid, white rein orchid, bog candle, scent bottle

White or Boreal Bog Orchid, White Rein Orchid, Bog Candle, Scent Bottle, Platanthera dilatata

Western Rattlesnake Plantain

Western Rattlesnake Plantain

Western Rattlesnake Plantain

Western Rattlesnake Plantain, Green-leaf Rattlesnake Plantain, Goodyera oblongifolia

Daisy & guest

And, there are still other white blossoms too, even on their visitors.

August 14, 2011

Wildflowers of summer (9)

I have gotten far behind in posting summer wildflower finds. Perhaps I can catch up…

Prickly Sandwort

Prickly Sandwort ~ Eremogone aculeata – Found on Big Hole Peak

Spotted Saxifrage

Spotted Saxifrage ~ Saxifraga bronchialis – Found on Big Hole Peak

American Vetch

American Vetch – Found along Big Hole Peak trail

White Bog-orchid

White Bog-orchid ~ Platanthera dilatata – Found along Little Thompson River

Unidentified

Unidentified – Found along Little Thompson River

Unidentified

Unidentified -Found along Little Thompson River

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