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.



10 comments:

  1. Hi Ruth-nice to hear from you & see about your wonderful excursions!  Beautiful photos-I love the sego lily, the pasque flowers and that horse.  It's an especially good look isn't it?  Hope your summer is going well.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Storykeeper FerrisJune 26, 2012 at 5:57 AM

    Summer is going fast. I could not believe how many flowers were in bloom.  I took many more photos.  Part of the mountain had haze.  It looked like smoke.  The closest forest fires though are from Colorado.  Makes me curious. 

    ReplyDelete
  3. So beautiful! Love to see those wild flowers and I can't even imagine seeing a wild horse. Too cool! 

    ReplyDelete
  4. Your pictures are beautiful! What a lovely place!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Beautiful flowers, fantastic scenery.  Thanks for sharing your excursion.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Your photos are breath-taking!  I am especially drawn to the picture of the wild horses...especially after seeing real wild horses on Assateague Island last summer!  Thank you for sharing your views!  Just stunning!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I think I've just added to our list of places we want to visit--thank you for sharing a glimpse of one of our nation's treasures.  

    ReplyDelete
  8. Storykeeper FerrisJune 26, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    There is a cabin at the top of the mountain.  It is known as "Pen's Cabin".  It was built in 1925.  Inside there is a table and bench and a chunk of log to sit on.  On the table is a guest book to sign in on.  The name on the line above ours was a person from "Bucharest Romania".  

    ReplyDelete
  9. Breathtaking doesn't probably do it justice, wow, what an adventure. I love all the photos, the horses, the carpet of flowers, all the scenery, amazing. To see things that exist no where else is a wonder, thanks for sharing your day.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hello.
    Just stopping by to say hi. Visiting from the Post A-Z Road Trip - I'm on a quest to visit all 1,718 people who took part in the A-Z Challenge!

    Awesome photos! Best wishes & thanks for sharing.

    Thoughts Of Beauty In The Stilness Of Dawn...

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment.