Montana Outdoors

June 27, 2008

Still don’t like that name!

Vetch. Somehow it seems unjust for a very pretty flower to have such a name. I greatly prefer calling it “Wild Pea”. Oh, well… it doesn’t seem to mind.

American vetch, vicia americana

The blossoms

American vetch

A stalk of blossoms

American vetch

A hillside of WIld peas (with the Coeur d’Alene mountains as a backdrop).

American vetch

June 12, 2008

Early winter

There was a snow storm in western Montana yesterday and we’re planning a wood cutting trip this weekend, and so I made a brief exploratory trip to Siegel pass today with the Jeep to see if the road was passable (and to get a few shots of wildflowers). It was passable after I removed three trees that were across it (I only had to use my axe on one of them, which reminded me of the value of a chain saw) but it’s really, really difficult to photograph wildflowers that are under 4 inches of new, wet snow!

Siegel pass

Above Siegel Pass

Siegel Creek Divide

Once I arrived back down in the valley though, this colorful wild pea caught my eye.

Vetch, Wild pea, Vicia cracca

Vetch, Wild pea

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