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)



  1. Last year the gilia was a consistent part of my personal flower arrangement – I loved the striking red in my vase! So far they have not bloomed (if my memory recalls it was around the end of june over here) – I had a hard time photographing the vetch today… it’s amazing how the light shines thru those little purple flowers! If these are the same guys? Great shots! I love how you played around with your camera… your third shot of your gilia is a perfect – completely harmonious shot… awww sometimes I envy your talent!


    Comment by aullori — May 29, 2007 @ 11:26 pm

  2. Yes, I love the Gilia for its color. You can see them from a long distance. I’m not pleased with Flickr’s treatment of these photos. If I have time later I may delete them and try over again. They all look slpotchy, most noticeable on the Gilia.


    Comment by montucky — May 30, 2007 @ 7:20 am

  3. wow, you’ve been busy w/ that new camera! I love those red and blue ones, very pretty

    btw, here is a new website I’d love for you to check out if you are inclined-I think you’ll recognize the format right away. I know you’ve got a great blog going here and may not be interested in this one as well….but I’d like to see you around there….


    Comment by skouba — May 30, 2007 @ 10:27 am

  4. The Gilia reminds me of fireweed – don’t know if you know that one, but I think it was so named because a hillside of it looks like it’s on fire.
    And skouba beat me to it, but I come bearing greetings from Pinhole et al at


    Comment by wolf — May 31, 2007 @ 9:10 am

  5. skouba,

    Thanks for the “heads up” on communicati. I’ll sign up and at least post some things there. It looks ike it will be a good site!


    Comment by montucky — May 31, 2007 @ 12:10 pm

  6. wolf,

    The fireweed isn’t blooming yet this year, but I’ll catch it when it does. It’s a beautiful flower!

    Yup, I’ll be seeing you at communatti!


    Comment by montucky — May 31, 2007 @ 12:11 pm

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