Montana Outdoors

June 15, 2018

Three-spot Mariposa Lily (or) Pointed Tip Mariposa Lily

Three-spot Mariposa Lily, Pointed Tip Mariposa Lily

Pointed Tip Mariposa Lily ~ calochortus apiculatus

I have photographed this species many times but was never able to capture all of the different colors at its center until today. This one was growing in deep shade and I used some rather ridiculous camera settings: aperture priority with an aperture of f/32 and a -2 EV exposure bias and the on-board flash with flash compensation also set at -2.

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June 1, 2017

A nice way for June to begin

Just a short hike today, but some new flowers in bloom. I’ll hike up high tomorrow, probably above the wildflowers, but who knows.

Wild Blue Flax

Wild Blue Flax~ Linum lewisii

Wood's Rose

Wood’s Rose ~ Rosa woodsii

Three-spot Mariposa Lily

Three-spot Mariposa Lily ~ Calochortus apiculatus

Silvery Lupine

Silvery Lupine (in white) ~ Lupinus argenteus

Yarrow

Yarrow ~ Achillea millefolium

Lupines

Elegant Mariposa Lily

Elegant Mariposa Lily ~ Calochortus elegans

Sulphur Penstemon

Sulphur Penstemon ~ Penstemon attenuatus

Mallow Ninebark

Mallow Ninebark ~ Physocarpus malvaceus

July 3, 2016

A brief visit to Trail 345

Today I briefly visited a favorite old trail even though the day was a little warmer than I like for hiking. But a trail that had no visitors on a holiday weekend was still a good place to be.

Trail 345

USFS trail 345 on a bright summer day.

White Spirea, Shinyleaf Spirea

White Spirea, Shinyleaf Spirea ~ Spiraea lucida

Alaska rein orchid, slender-spire orchid

Alaska rein orchid, slender-spire orchid ~ Piperia unalascensis

Sickletop Lousewort

Sickletop Lousewort ~ Pedicularis racemosa

Scarlet Indian Paintbrush

Scarlet Indian Paintbrush

Scarlet Indian Paintbrush ~ Castilleja miniata

Pointedtip Mariposa lily, Three-spot Mariposa lily, Baker's mariposa

Pointedtip Mariposa lily, Three-spot Mariposa lily, Baker’s mariposa, ~ Calochortus apiculatus

June 28, 2016

Along a mile of trail

Yesterday after completing several things that have kept me from the trails lately (and pretty much away from the blog), I leisurely hiked the first mile of the Spring Creek trail (USFS trail #370), retreating from things that had been pressing and enjoying the deep shade of the canyon which was much cooler than the rather high temperatures in the valley. It was wonderful to see the wildflowers and gratifying to see so many species still in bloom.

Oxeye Daisy

Oxeye Daisy ~ Leucanthemum vulgare

herbal speedwell, Paul's betony

Water Speedwell, Blue Speedwell ~ Veronica anagallis-aquatica

Pointedtip Mariposa Lily, Three-spot Mariposa lily, Baker's Mariposa

Pointedtip Mariposa Lily, Three-spot Mariposa Lily, Baker’s Mariposa ~ Calochortus apiculatus

Woodland Pinedrops

Woodland Pinedrops ~ Pterospora andromedea

Alaska rein orchid, slender-spire orchid

Alaska rein orchid, slender-spire orchid ~ Piperia unalascensis

Grand Collomia, Large-flower Mountain-trumpet, Large-flowered Collomia

Grand Collomia, Large-flower Mountain-trumpet, Large-flowered Collomia ~ Collomia grandiflora

Lanceleaved Stonecrop

Lanceleaved Stonecrop ~ Sedum lanceolatum

Sticky Currant

Sticky Currant berries ~ Ribes viscosissimum

Harebell, Bluebell-of-Scotland

Harebell, Bluebell-of-Scotland ~ Campanula rotundifolia

Pipsissewa, Common Prince's-pine

Pipsissewa, Common Prince's-pine

Pipsissewa, Common Prince’s-pine, ~ Chimaphila umbellata

American twinflower

American Twinflower ~ Linnaea borealis

High Mountain Cinquefoil

High Mountain Cinquefoil ~ Potentilla flabellifolia

June 20, 2015

Wildflowers blooming today,

well, at least on the lower part of the Spring Creek trail.

American twinflower

American twinflower ~ Linnaea borealis

White spirea

White spirea ~ Spiraea lucida

Three-spot Mariposa Lily

Three-spot Mariposa Lily ~ Calochortus apiculatus

Orange Honeysuckle

Orange Honeysuckle ~ Lonicera ciliosa

Spotted Coralroot

Spotted Coralroot ~ Corallorhiza maculata (an orchid)

June 25, 2014

Three-spot Mariposa Lily

Pointedtip Mariposa Lily, Three-spot Mariposa Lily, Baker's Mariposa

Pointedtip Mariposa Lily, Three-spot Mariposa Lily, Baker’s Mariposa ~ Calochortus apiculatus ~ Found only in Canada’s British Columbia and Alberta and in Oregon, Idaho and Montana in the U.S.

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