Montana Outdoors

April 17, 2016

Three seasons

Filed under: Spring — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 9:02 pm

The weather here has been summer-like for the past two weeks and now if you look in the right direction you can see three of Nature’s seasons in one frame from the valley at 2400 feet to the peaks at 7000 feet. The snow-capped peaks in the distance are part of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains sitting inside the Cherry Peak roadless area just to the south of the Clark Fork River. The tall white bushes are Saskatoons in bloom, the small white flowers are Woodland Stars and the newly blooming Chickweed and, of course, the orange Arrow-leaved Balsamroot.

Three seasons

Chickweed

Chickweed

Three seasons

Woodland Star

April 11, 2016

Arrow-leaved Balsamroot

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 8:50 pm

In just the last few days the Arrow-leaved Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata) have begun to bloom.

Arrow-leaved Balsamroot

Arrow-leaved Balsamroot

Arrow-leaved Balsamroot

April 9, 2016

Trilliums and Glacier Lilies

Glacier Lily

Glacier Lily

Glacier Lily

Western White Trillium

Western White Trillium

Western White Trillium

Western White Trillium

April 8, 2016

Another pretty little flower I can’t identify

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 6:35 pm

Unknown

This is another pretty little wildflower that is probably overlooked by anyone who doesn’t crawl around with his nose in the dirt as I often do. The flower is all of 3/16 inch across and sits on a stem just 2 inches from the ground.

Tammie just identified this plant. Thank you Tammie!

Slender Phlox ~ Microsteris gracilis

April 7, 2016

It’s easy to get carried away when the wildflowers start blooming!

Holly-leaf Oregon-grape

Holly-leaf Oregon-grape, Berberis aquifolium

Lanceleaf Springbeauty

Lanceleaf Springbeauty

Lanceleaf Springbeauty

Lanceleaf Springbeauty, Claytonia lanceolata

Blue-eyed Mary

Blue-eyed Mary

Blue-eyed Mary ~ Collinsia parviflora

Unknown

Unknown

April 5, 2016

More new arrivals

Blue-eyed Mary

Blue-eyed Mary ~ Collinsia parviflora

Stork's Bill

Stork’s Bill ~ Erodium cicutarium

Shooting Star

Shooting Star ~ Dodecatheon pulchellum

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