Montana Outdoors

April 11, 2018

Wildflowers blooming in between snows

A few more species of wildflowers have begun to bloom here now despite unseasonably cool weather and a series of weather fronts that have been passing through. There were a few brief periods of sun today before the next weather front is due to arrive tomorrow, bringing up to 8 inches of snow to the higher country especially along the Continental Divide, and I was able to get a few pictures.

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Yellow Bell ~ Fritillaria pudica

The species name pudica means “bashful” because it always faces downward. I suspect that its position shelters the pollen from early rains and snows or perhaps because it has a relationship with a special pollonator that finds that convenient.

Shooting Star

Shooting Star ~ Dodecatheon pulchellum

I find it interesting that its genus name is from the Greek dodeka (twelve) and theos (God) and is considered to mean “the plant protected by twelve gods”.

Western White Trillium ~ Pacific Trillium

Western White Trillium, Pacific Trillium ~ Trillium Ovatum

These have just begun to bud at the Munson Creek trail head.

Dandelion

Dandelion

Despite their being usually considered as a weed, I still find the blossoms very pretty.

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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

Kinnikinnik ~ Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Prickly Currant

Prickly Currant ~ Ribes lacustre

Canary Violet

Canary Violet ~ Viola praemorsa

Baneberry

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

May 11, 2017

Mid May wildflowers

You know it will be a pleasant hike when it starts out like this:

Munson Creek

Munson Creek

Oregon Grape

Oregon Grape ~ Berberis aquifolium

Howell's pussytoes

Howell’s Pussytoes ~ Antennaria howellii

Dandelion

A Dandelion was competing with some undergrowth for light and its stem was nearly two feet long.

Lemonweed, Western Gromwell

Lemonweed, Western Gromwell ~ Lithospermum ruderale

Pink Pacific Trillium

This Pacific Trillium is about at the end of its blooming time and has turned pink.

Field Chickweed

Field Chickweed ~ Cerastium arvense

Heart-leaf Arnica

Heart-leaf Arnica ~ Arnica cordifolia

Heart-leaf Arnica

Arnica bud

April 19, 2017

Munson Creek Trilliums

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Today a friend and I hiked up Munson Creek to visit my favorite place to see trilliums. This was my 7th annual visit there and only one day later than usual. This year they were not yet at the peak of their bloom, but I brought back a few photos anyway. These are Pacific Trilliums ~ Trillium Ovatum.

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium

April 24, 2016

Aging beautifully

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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 9, 2016

Trilliums and Glacier Lilies

Glacier Lily

Glacier Lily

Glacier Lily

Western White Trillium

Western White Trillium

Western White Trillium

Western White Trillium

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