Montana Outdoors

May 29, 2007

May wild flowers, part 7

Filed under: Conservation, Environment, Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — montucky @ 7:16 pm

Mountain Bluebells Mertensia ciliata.

Various light conditions produce interesting displays, and the subtle blend of colors fascinates me. It makes them look as though they are out of focus.

Mountain Bluebells, (Mertensia ciliata)

Mountain Bluebells, (Mertensia ciliata)

Mountain Bluebells, (Mertensia ciliata)

Mountain Bluebells, (Mertensia ciliata)

Scarlet Gilia Gilia aggregata.

The only spot near here where I have seen these grow is on a sandy and rocky little area of river bank, where they provide a dramatic contrast to the sand, sparse grass and scattered pine trees.

Scarlet Gilia, (Gilia aggregata)

Scarlet Gilia, (Gilia aggregata)

Scarlet Gilia, (Gilia aggregata)

Vetch: Wild Pea Vicia cracca

These grow in small clumps but also in very large areas where they provide a beautiful array of colors. The ladder-like pattern of the leaves is distinctive.

Wild Pea, (Vicia cracca)

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