Bitterroot Outdoor Journal – Wild Wildflowers
Look at the Lupine. The May 13 edition of the Bitterroot Outdoor Journal is alerting you of the rainbow of wildflower colors in Western Montana right now. Bob Danley reports over 44 species spotted this season, including Wyeth's Lupine (see photo above) Arrowleaf Balsamroot (see photo below), Blue-eyed Mary, bonneville, Shootingstar, Castilleja hispida, Columbia Ragwort, Cous Biscuitroot, Cushion Pussytoes, Cutleaf Fleabane, Douglasia, Draba Verna, Fairy Slipper, Fern-leaved Desert Parsley, Glcier Lily, Harsh Indian Paintbrush, Heartleaf Arnica (see photo below), Red Kittentails, Miner's Lettuce and many more.
Take your camera or have your cell phone ready when you head outside. It helps with later identification of what you see. Bob saw a Vesper Sparrow (see photo below) this week and a Blue-winged Teal. Up in the sky, about 50 White-faced Ibis were flying by. Elsewhere, a Yellow-Bellied Marmot -a cousin of the groundhog - was looking around, and some garter snakes were out. Bob has included comparison photos (see below) of the Terrestrial and Common garter snakes - spots on terrestrial, solid line on the Common. There's an interesting fungus out in the woods, too. It's called the Snowbank Orange Peel and that's what it looks like. (See Below) The Bitterroot Outdoor Journal is heard Wednesday mornings on 1240 AM KLYQ and online at www.klyq.com.