Such a tiny (about .25 inches across) blossom and so fragile that it floats on even the tiniest breeze, it is still one of the earliest and hardiest of the wildflowers. Things cannot always be understood at the first glance.
Yellow Bell ~ Fritillaria pudica
A Whitetail doe was grazing on the hillside just below this small blossom in the evening of the second day of its bloom: in the morning the flower was gone. Life can take a sudden turn in this world in which we live.
Thanks Vicki! I’m doing quite well, but it will be months yet before a complete recovery to where I can hike the aggressive trails, but that will coincide withthe best time of year to visit the, Good timing!
I’m glad! They touch me deeply too, I guess for many reasons. I particularly love the ones that live in the very wild places where they can be seen in habitat that hasn’t been changed by the modern version of progress.
It sure does seem like a scramble. There is a short growing season here, especially at higher altitudes which an now still covered by 10 feet of snow here. The plants know well what they must do in that short time and have become very efficient in doing it. It’s a fascination!
Perhaps the doe saw that yellow bell and thought, “Dessert!” The woodland star is lovely. I’ve seen parviflorum a few times, so I looked it up. Apparently it means “small flowers”. I did find that, in the Finnish language, parvi means a group. It’s used mostly for birds of animals, but I think it would do nicely for petals that float on the wind.
I’ve seen in some places it is called “Smallflower Woodland Star”. Group is also accurate: these almost always grow in large groups. They are so small though that a casual observer just notices flecks of white or pink: it takes a magnified image to see how pretty they are. Perhaps that’s a special reward for those who care to look closely?
The word parvus, which meant ‘small’ in Latin, is one of those words that didn’t survive in the Romance languages. French replaced it with petit and Spanish with pequeño. Biologists are fond of naming things in Latin, so for a plant that produces small flowers they sometimes turn to parviflorus. As far as I know there’s no connection to parvi, because Finnish isn’t even an Indo-European language.
Well, gosh. “So, what IS an Indo-European language?” I thought to myself. I found a site that gives the basics (you’re right — no Finland), and provided this marvelous bit: “Dates are very approximate. We adopt, for sheer presentation convenience, quite arbitrary ranges of 500 or 1000 years that have little to do with accurate dates even when these might be known, which is seldom.” That made me laugh.
I like the tone of that article, which provides a lot more detail than you may have wanted to know, but which gives you in its first part a summary of what is meant by an Indo-European language. The other non-Indo-European languages of Europe are Estonian (which is related to Finnish), Hungarian, and Basque.
There is much to contemplate in nature. The flower there and then gone, the unexpected things in life…. So happy to see your flower photos and know you are getting back in the swing of things (Synchronicity?)
Yes, there is so much. Some folks might view them as rather simple things, but as you contemplate them you find that they and their ecosystems are amazingly complex.
Yes it’s good to be moving about at least a little. The timing is good for me here though because there will be plenty more time before the higher trails even open up. We have been fortunate to get quite heavy snow amounts in the mountains this winter too.
The recovery is going well, thanks, but it takes a long time for full recovery.
I love these little flowers and there will be many more species starting to bloom by the end of the month. I’m looking forward to them!
Our flowers are a little late this year too, but starting. I’d love to see the bluebonnets in person. I’ve seen so many beautiful photos of them. We have a flower here that is a little like them but it doesn’t grow in such profusion.
I have so missed your photographs that I find myself just staring at the ones you have recently posted. Like a chocoholic craving cocoa I cannot resist long, unrelenting looks at your exquisite photos!
Thank you for your kind words, Bill! The forests here, at the low elevations, are beginning to celebrate spring. Higher up though there is still a heavy snowpack, as it should be this time of year. I hope to be seeing it as it awakens this year and I am so thankful that I will be able to! It has been a long winter!
Thank you! I’m glad that you enjoy seeing some of Montana’s outdoors! I’ve been a bit under the weather for awhile and so haven’t posted much lately, but hope to be back on track again in a month or so.