Wildflowers of Southwestern Montana

A Sea Of Shooting Stars

A Sea Of Shooting Stars

I’m in heaven with all of the beautiful wildflowers blooming at Red Rock Lakes NWR and nearby Gallatin and Targhee National Forests. This past winter Montana received 120% of the average snowfall providing much needed moisture for wildflowers. They have responded with fabulous displays. Even the weeds are beautiful! 

Since arriving here in early June we’ve seen twenty different types. Most are new to us and identifying them has required research through five wildflower books and an iPad app called Yellowstone/Teton Wildflowers. The manager at Red Rock Lakes NWR was kind enough to loan us some of his personal books. For the ones we haven’t identified we’ll take a cue from a friend of ours who simply refers to plants as “yellow stuff”, “red stuff”, “blue stuff” etc. Even the weeds are beautiful!

This is a time when pictures are worth a thousand words. Hope you enjoy seeing them as much as we did prowling through the fields to get the photos. If you enjoy this post, watch for another one about a Ranger led tour we will take the second week of July to the Gravelly Range Road. Even the locals call it spectacular.

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Shooting Stars

White Mule's Ear

White Mule’s Ear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sugar Bowl

Sugar Bowl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Penstemon

Blue Penstemon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mountain Goldenpea

Mountain Goldenpea

 

Willow Blossoms Blowing In The Wind

Willow Blossoms Blowing In The Wind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sticky Geranium

Sticky Geranium

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meadow Death Camas

Meadow Death Camas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Pussytoes

Blue Pussytoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow Paintbrush From Top

Yellow Paintbrush From Top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long Plumed Avens aka Prairie Smoke

Long Plumed Avens aka Prairie Smoke

 

 

 

 

 

Lupine

Lupine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serviceberry

Serviceberry

 

 

 

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Prickly Pear Cactus Blossom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pink Lupine And Strawberry

Pink Lupine And Strawberry

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balsamroot Group

Balsamroot Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

butterfly

Butterfly On Spurge

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