Montana Outdoors

July 3, 2007

Blue birds, blue blossoms

Filed under: Birds, Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — montucky @ 7:52 pm

OK, I’ll match you, blue for blue.

Mountain blue bird

Batchelor's button

Almost, but let’s try it again.

Mountain blue bird

Batchelor's button

That’s better!


  1. Holy Smokes! Those are gorgeous! Blue has always been my favorite color, and these creatures bring out the best in the hue.

    Nice camera work!


    Comment by Pinhole — July 3, 2007 @ 8:21 pm

  2. Blue is my favorite color so naturally I liked these photographs. It’s been years since I saw a western bluebird, so noticeably different than it’s orange-breasted eastern cousin.



    Comment by knightofswords — July 3, 2007 @ 8:34 pm

  3. Cheer up Terry, you have got the blues really bad, just kidding beautiful work. What kind of flowers do you have there?


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — July 3, 2007 @ 9:03 pm

  4. Pinhole,

    I also like blue and as I hiked today I was struck by the shades of it in both the birds and the flowers. These were all within about a mile and they seemed to go together.


    Comment by montucky — July 3, 2007 @ 9:13 pm

  5. Malcolm,

    I’m especially fond of these little guys. I love the way they blend the color and use the different shades of it. The first one is helping raise a family in a house I built this spring and placed on a post along a big alfalfa field. I was talking to the rancher who owns the field today and he also loves to see them around. There have been bird boxes there for at least 40 years, probably many more.


    Comment by montucky — July 3, 2007 @ 9:19 pm

  6. Bernie,

    Yes, quite a case of the blues! I’m not sure exactly what the flowers are. When I was a kid we called them Bachelor’s Buttons. They grow on an ugly plant, almost all stem with just a few tiny leaves, and it gets quite tall. I have one near the house that’s taller than I am. It’s very hardy though and will grow in places that are hot and which get very little water. I really love the color though!


    Comment by montucky — July 3, 2007 @ 9:24 pm

  7. What clear and intense photographs! The flower….. is it chicory? The blue is bluer than the chicory that grows in the east. And is that a Western Bluebird? I am not familiar with the wild life and wildflowers of the west. What a great place to live. There seems to be no end to the natural beauty. Thanks for these fabulous pictures. They are such a treat to us Easterners.


    Comment by nouveaufauves — July 4, 2007 @ 9:37 pm

  8. beautiful in blue! I love these shots! really nice, and I too love blue. these are really great!


    Comment by skouba — July 4, 2007 @ 9:54 pm

  9. nouveaufauves,

    Until you mentioned it, I really didn’t know what the flower was, but I just looked up Chicory, and I believe that’s it. On the USDA website there’s an image and the flower looks identical. It calls it “Cichorium intybus L”, and it does grow in Montana. I’ve always heard it called “Bachelor’s Buttons”.

    The bird is actually a Mountain Bluebird and has no red or orange at all on it: it has the powder-blue breast. They are quite a bit larger than the Western. I saw one in a pitched battle with a Western over a house and the Mountain won because of his size. Pretty good match, though!

    Western Montana if beautiful. There are fairly large areas here that still haven’t been tampered with by people and therefore contain the full natural complement of plants and animals, coupled with many large variations in altitude which leads to more diversity of species.

    Thanks for the visit and the comment!


    Comment by montucky — July 4, 2007 @ 10:26 pm

  10. skouba,

    In my opinion, this bird and this flower show the most dedication to the color blue and I guess that’s why I like them so much. The bird photos are pretty representative of the species, but they still don’t show the tremendous blue that you see when the fly on a sunny day. It’s very, very bright! That is probably why there are more blue bird houses around here than there are for all of the other species.


    Comment by montucky — July 4, 2007 @ 10:32 pm

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