Montana Outdoors

May 25, 2011

Wildflowers of spring (5)

Pink Trillium

Pink Trillium ~ Trillium ovatum 5/10

Saskatoon, Serviceberry

Saskatoon, Serviceberry ~ Amelanchier alnifolia 5/17

Ground-ivy, Creeping Charlie, Gill Over the Ground, Field Balm

Ground-ivy, Creeping Charlie, Gill Over the Ground, Field Balm ~ Glechoma hederacea (Mint) 5/17

Upland Larkspur, Nuttall's Larkspur

Upland Larkspur, Nuttall's Larkspur

Upland Larkspur, Nuttall’s Larkspur ~ Delphinium nuttallianum 5/18

Indian Paintbrush, Common Red Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush, Common Red Paintbrush ~ Castilleja miniata 5/18

This bud is actually pretty early for here. The species will bloom on into late summer, especially higher up the slopes.

Miner's Lettuce

Miner’s Lettuce ~ Claytonia perfoliata 5/19

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May 21, 2009

Another side of the Larkspur

Yesterday, on a little shelf on the hillside above the river I came upon a group of Larkspur that were quite colorful and in good condition, and I chose to try some photos of one that was back inside some rather heavy brush and mostly out of the wind. I set an umbrella down in such a position that it shielded the flower from the wind and my camera from the rain and wriggled underneath on my belly to attempt a photo.

Here is what the lens saw there: an entirely different side of a Larkspur.

Upland larkspur

Upland Larkspur,
Common Larkspur,
(
Delphinium nuttallii)
Buttercup family 

May 15, 2009

Larkspur

Another toxic plant with a pretty face.

Upland larkspur

Upland larkspur,
Common Larkspur,
Delphinium nuttallii
Buttercup family

I have read that this plant is responsible for the greatest cattle loss on national forest range land. I wonder why the Montana cattlemen don’t have the hired thugs agents for the Montana Department of Livestock, Yellowstone National Park, Gallatin National Forest and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks out assaulting them like they are assaulting America’s last wild bison! Bison on Horse Butte Mercilessly Hazed out of Montana

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