Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva) south of Sweathouse Creek in the Bitterroot Mountains on 6-11 – last flower I could find up here. Image 5034
First year White-tailed buck in velvet, Image 7279 8×10
Great Blue Heron in Mission Valley wetlands, Image 6991 portrait 8×10
The Sagebrush Buttercup is one of the earliest blooming flowers in the Bitterroot Mountains. It is widespread and abundant in Montana, particularly in the western half of the state. Reference: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/detail_PDRAN0L0Z0.aspx
My earliest sightings over the years – just means when I was able to get out for a hike in the area where they bloom.
2010-03-25 – but fishing was so good, I just didn’t hike much earlier in the month of March 2010. I took more fish photos than flower photos.