Saturday, May 24, 2008

Balsamroot Blooms

The showy wildflowers are finally starting to bloom, later than usual' the wildflowers of early spring are usually hard to see under the grass. The arrowleaf balsamroot is spotting the pastures with bright yellow sunflowers, while dandelions do the same in yards (some are already turning to seed puffs). Along the ditches, larkspur flowers are dark purple slashes amidst the green grass. Meadowlarks rise from the side of the road, skipping across them like flat rocks on a lake; a few males have started singing from fence posts. (Western meadowlarks are the state bird of Montana, even though they only summer here.)

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