Montana Outdoors

April 24, 2016

Aging beautifully

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 2:57 pm

Western White Trillium

Western White Trillium

Western White Trillium

The blossoms of the Trillium ovatum (which first bloom in white) turn to pink and then purple as they age.

April 21, 2016

Yellow hills and purple flowers

Arrow-leaved balsamroot

Arrow-leaved balsamroot

While capturing the scenes of the yellow hills I discovered that the Larkspur were also in bloom. It was a nice reward from Mother Nature for climbing the hill to photograph the sunflowers.

Larkspur

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April 20, 2016

Fairy slipper

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 9:16 pm

Fairyslipper

The Fairy slipper is a very fragile little orchid that ranges through the western and northern tier of states in the U.S. Its bulbs are attached by very delicate roots that are easily broken by the lightest tug on the stem and so if one is picked or the stem is disturbed the whole plant usually dies. It also grows in association with certain specific fungi which makes it all but impossible to transplant. “Calypso” is an orchid genus containing only a single species, Calypso Bulbosa.

Cascade on Spring Creek

Filed under: Spring, Spring Creek — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 10:58 am

Cascade on Spring Creek

This small fall in a series that stretches for miles has a drop of about four feet. The creek is running full now from snow melt on Big Hole Peak, 6 miles upstream and four thousand feet above.

April 19, 2016

Fairybells

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 4:10 pm

Fairybells

April 18, 2016

Horsetail and morning dew

Filed under: Spring — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 11:26 am

Horsetail

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