Montana Outdoors

April 23, 2019


Spring has finally come to this part of western Montana and the first wildflowers are now starting to bloom. Everything here is about a month late this year.

Woodland Star

Woodland Star ~ Lithophragma glabrum

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush Buttercup ~ Ranunculus glaberrimus

White Trillium

White Trillium ~ Trillium ovatum

Yellow Glacier Lily

Yellow Glacier Lily ~ Erythronium grandiflorum

April 17, 2016

Three seasons

Filed under: Spring — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 9:02 pm

The weather here has been summer-like for the past two weeks and now if you look in the right direction you can see three of Nature’s seasons in one frame from the valley at 2400 feet to the peaks at 7000 feet. The snow-capped peaks in the distance are part of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains sitting inside the Cherry Peak roadless area just to the south of the Clark Fork River. The tall white bushes are Saskatoons in bloom, the small white flowers are Woodland Stars and the newly blooming Chickweed and, of course, the orange Arrow-leaved Balsamroot.

Three seasons



Three seasons

Woodland Star

April 4, 2014

Early little ones

Woodland star

Woodland Star ~ Lithophragma parviflorum

Such a tiny (about .25 inches across) blossom and so fragile that it floats on even the tiniest breeze, it is still one of the earliest and hardiest of the wildflowers. Things cannot always be understood at the first glance.

Yellow Bell

Yellow Bell ~ Fritillaria pudica

A Whitetail doe was grazing on the hillside just below this small blossom in the evening of the second day of its bloom: in the morning the flower was gone. Life can take a sudden turn in this world in which we live.

March 12, 2013

It’s a little bit Spring

Tucked neatly in between snow flurries these days there have been periods of sunshine, and Nature is proceeding with the inevitable journey toward Summer. The Buttercups which have been in bloom for a month on Buttercup Ridge have now spread to sunlit places along the valley floor


Sagebrush Buttercup Ranunculus glaberrimus

and among them are the tiny white flowers of Whitlow Grass.

Whitlow Grass

Whitlow Grass

Whitlow Grass

Whitlow Grass

Whitlow Grass, Draba verna

Near where these were blooming there was a section of an old abandoned barb-wire fence and it appeared to be a danger to the deer who crossed that hillside on their way to the river to drink. As I knelt down to cut the pieces of old rusted wire, this very early bloom of Woodland Star became visible, perhaps as a small reward for my effort.

Woodland Star

Woodland Star, Lithophragma parviflorum

April 10, 2008

April 9

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Spring — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:23 pm

While spring is beginning here in western Montana, it doesn’t have the same look everywhere. These photos were taken only a few hours and three miles apart.

Spring is in bloom in the Clark Fork Valley, (I like the Woodland Star in pink)

Woodland Star, Pink

but not so much in the side canyons, in this case Weeksville Creek. The Spring Creek trail (USFS trail 340) is not quite ready for hiking yet. Here’s what the trail looks like about a half mile from the trail head.

Spring Creek Trail

April 6, 2008

“The pretty little blue flower”

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 6:46 pm

In between the rain showers, the snow showers, the gropple and the hail this tiny blue flower showed up. My best guess is that it’s some kind of monkeyflower. It’s only about an eighth of an inch across and sits atop its stem an inch from the ground. I’ll refer to it by its scientific name, “the pretty little blue flower”.

Blue flower

The Woodland Stars are much more numerous now

Woodland Stars

and this Yellowbell has lots of tiny friends to keep it company.

Yellowbell and Whitlow Grass

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