Monday, June 25, 2012

The Pryor Mountain Wildflowers

Sunday June 25, 2012 Dan and I, his sister and her husband took a trip up the Pryor Mountains.  The landscape is breath-taking.  The dirt roads have improved since last I was there.  Sections of the road are REALLY, rough though.  It took us one hour to go 8.4 miles, from the top of the mountain down to the ice caves. The elevation is 8822 feet.  There were still pockets of snow at least 6 feet deep on the mountain.  We traveled beyond the snow line.

The mountains are located on the Crow Reservation; BLM land, and private land.  It is a botanical hotspot.  There are about 8 species of flora that are found no where else in the world.  Wild horse herds also call it home.

These are some of the pictures I took of our day's excursion.

Wooly Prince's-Plume

Wooly Prince's-Plume

Sego Lily

Looking at the middle of a canyon wall about a third of the way up the mountain.

Shooting Star

Wild horse - I wonder what she is thinking?

Young colt - late birth.

Looking over the top.  Above the snow line.

I think these are Pasque flowers.

A carpet of wild flowers.