Montana Outdoors

June 9, 2019

More May flowers

These are the rest of the wildflowers that I was able to photograph during May. Late rains have slowed down the bloom, but it looks like June will be a good month for flowers.


Meadowrue ~ Thalictrum occidentale

Field Pussytoes

Field Pussytoes ~ Antennaria neglecta

Bog Saxifrage

Bog Saxifrage ~ Micranthes oregana

This is a rather unusual member of the saxifrage family, but rather interesting because of the colors.

Upland Larkspur

Upland Larkspur

Upland Larkspur ~ Delphinium nuttallianum

Shooting Star

Shooting Star ~ Dodecatheon pulchellum

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush ~ Castillleja miniata


Wild Violets ~ Viola Adunca

Lanceleaf Springbeauty

Lanceleaf Springbeauty ~ Claytonia lanceolata

Fairy Slipper

Fairy Slipper ~ Calypso Bulbosa

Probably the prettiest of the wild orchids in this region.

Elegant Cats-ear, Northwestern Mariposa

Elegant Cats-ear, Northwestern Mariposa Lily ~ Calochortus elegans

It’s a little unusual to see these in multiples.


Bitterroot ~ Lewisia rediviva

The Bitterroot is the state flower of Montana. It was cherished by the indigenous people for its roots.

Northern Cinquefoil, Villous Cinquefoil

Northern Cinquefoil, Villous Cinquefoil ~ Potentilla villosa

June 8, 2017

Wildflowers in the Coeur d’Alenes

Here are the wildflowers (besides the Bear Grass) that I found on the June 4 hike in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains;

Low Jacob's-ladder

Low Jacob's-ladder

Low Jacob’s-ladder ~ Polemonium californicum

Smallflower Miterwort

Smallflower Miterwort ~ Ozomelis stauropetala


Kinnikinnik ~ Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Prickly Currant

Prickly Currant ~ Ribes lacustre

Canary Violet

Canary Violet ~ Viola praemorsa


Baneberry ~ Actaea rubra

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium ~ Trillium Ovatum (These have disappeared at the valley level and at the end of their bloom no up high)

Western Meadow-rue

Western Meadow-rue ~ Thalictrum occidentale

Roundleaf Alumroot

Roundleaf Alumroot ~ Heuchera cylindrica

July 22, 2010

Cabin Lake (5)

The last of the trail scenes.

It’s hard to leave a place when it looks this inviting.

Cabin Lake trail scene

A flat area above the switchbacks.

Cabin Lake trail scene

There are always the small things too.

Western MeadowrueWestern Meadowrue, Thalictrum occidentale

Away from the roads, the old Forest Service signage is still in excellent condition.

Along Cabin Lake trail

I’m not sure what this plant is, but the leaves are large and well defined, and it is plentiful in some areas.

Cabin Lake trail scene

The mountainsides just celebrate summer!

Cabin Lake trail scene

June 10, 2008

The flowers at Spring Creek

***Note: I’ll likely be off the air for a time while I convert my stuff over to a new iMac, which also involves trying to forget over 20 years of the Microsoft way of operating. Please don’t think I’m ignoring anyone…. pray for me!***

I have posted photos of a few of the flowers that are found in the Spring Creek area here in western Montana, most notably the Tolmie star-tulips. Following are some I haven’t posted eariler including a few new photos of previous ones.

The blossoms in the next two photos are tiny, at a little less than an eighth of an inch across, and very fragile. I noticed them for the first time last year and nearly overlooked them along the trail this year.

Smallflower mitrewort, Piper flowers, Mitella stauropetala

Smallflower mitrewort

Mitella stauropetala


s easy to get carried away photographing the Blue Clematis and I did. Please bear with me.

Blue Clematis, Western blue virginsbower, Clematis occidentalis

Blue clematis

Blue clematis

Blue Clematis

Blue Clematis

(Thanks to some expert help from Tabbie and Adam, I’ve identified this one as Thalictrum occidentale or Thalictrum occidentalis, Western meadow-rue)


Red clover

Red clover




Indian paintbrush

Indian paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

Calypso orchid

Calypso orchid

Red trillium

Red trillium

Wild currants

Wild currant blossoms

Blue violet

Blue violet

(By the time I get my system converted I’

m sure there will be more new ones ready for the lens!)

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