Montana Outdoors

September 4, 2007

Blue-mist Spirea

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — montucky @ 9:46 pm

The drudgery of having to go into the city today was offset somewhat by seeing these flowers growing alongside the highway. I doubt that they are really wildflowers despite the fact that they were growing a long way from any habitation. What the heck… they’re pretty anyway, and what really got my attention was that they were being visited by quite a number of honey bees, which are in very short supply these days around here!

Blue-mist Spirea

aka ‘Dark Knight’



  1. That photo is almost hypnotizing. But, I’m at a loss to explain why.


    Comment by Pinhole — September 5, 2007 @ 5:00 am

  2. Wonderful shot Terry, nice find, great color and detail.


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — September 5, 2007 @ 6:51 am

  3. That is a really beautiful shot Terry. I have to admit I’d be more thrilled at seeing a honey bee gathering it’s pollen then considering if something is a true wildflower myself. I would have been just as thrilled. Hey, if the bee does not care why should we? 🙂 I’ve noticed your really getting good at taking the background out of the photo. Nice work.


    Comment by aullori — September 5, 2007 @ 9:02 am

  4. Pinhole,

    It must be the scent of the flower. That does it for me.


    Comment by montucky — September 5, 2007 @ 11:08 am

  5. Thanks, Bernie.

    This flower has a lot of color and things going on besides the bees. It’s an interesting subject.


    Comment by montucky — September 5, 2007 @ 11:13 am

  6. Lori,

    With the shortage of honey bees this year, I was thrilled to see them at work. These flowers grow as shrubs, so there are lots of blossoms in a clump and they were swarming with honey bees, to the extent that you could hear the humming from a good distance. I was really pleased to hear that!


    Comment by montucky — September 5, 2007 @ 11:17 am

  7. busy bees, and busy montucky!
    thanks for the great work.


    Comment by Ralph B — September 6, 2007 @ 9:38 am

  8. It really has been a busy summer!. Thanks for the visit!


    Comment by montucky — September 6, 2007 @ 6:04 pm

  9. You’re just leaving this up here until someone finally says, “Yeah, I had the ‘Blue Mist Spirea’ once, but a little Kaopectate cleared it right up”…aren’t you?


    Comment by Pinhole — September 6, 2007 @ 6:35 pm

  10. that is a very cool pict.

    we have had lots of “crab spiders” around here lately. One clever one built the web right next to my confederate rose bush, which happened to be filled with bees.

    my photos did not turn out anywhere near “post-able”


    Comment by silken — September 6, 2007 @ 7:29 pm

  11. Pinhole,

    Yup. I guess I can take it down now.


    Comment by montucky — September 6, 2007 @ 8:14 pm

  12. silken,

    Crab spiders are cool, aren’t they? I’ve seen very few here, but enjoy them when I do. By the way, I saw this story today about a huge spider web found in Texas.


    Comment by montucky — September 6, 2007 @ 8:20 pm

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