Late Summer in Missoula

Summer is winding down here in the Rocky Mountain West. This past month was full of forest inventory, monitoring fuels treatments, collecting camas seeds, and continuing to search for the rare botrychium paradoxum (to no avail). The days are getting shorter, the nights cooler, but we are still holding on to that last bit of summer. Today, we floated on the BLM raft down the Clark Fork in order to access forest stands to inventory. We had awesome weather and gorgeous mountain views. While I am going to miss the summers here, I am very much looking forward to seeing the aspens, cottonwoods, and larch trees turn this fall!
Here are some photos from the past month:

Elephant head, pedicularis groenlandica

 

Cool mystery caterpillar!

Rafting the Clark Fork

Rafting the Clark Fork

A visit to Garnet Ghost Town

Beautiful forest inventory

 

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