Montana Outdoors

April 20, 2008

Crazy about Trilliums!

Trillium ovatum; Wake Robin; Birthroot.

These were photographed on April 18th. at about the 3,500 foot level along Munson Creek in western Montana’s Cabinet Mountains, inside the TeePee-Spring Creek roadless area. (As usual when I’m around wildflowers, I got carried away with the camera.)

Trillium ovatum

Trillium ovatum

Trillium ovatum

Trillium ovatum

Trillium ovatum

Trillium ovatum

Trillium ovatum

Trillium ovatum

It just didn’t seem right that these little flowers would live out their lives with no one at all to see them and appreciate their beauty!


  1. What camera do you use?! I gotta take notes, you and Bob over at Heros, Not Zombies. I’m not sure which I could find/afford, but I want a good camera, and I shall have one someday.

    Linky loo to the blog I mentioned, I’m spazzing as to whether or not you read there.


    Comment by katkmeanders — April 20, 2008 @ 11:19 pm

  2. Full many a gem of purest ray serene
    the dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear
    Full many a flower is born to blush unseen
    and waste its sweetness on he desert air….

    I can’t remember exactly how it goes. It was my Dad who coulf quote poetry. that is what they did before radio and television… read poetry and memorize it. Someone else (other than me tonight) can look up The Rubiayat and correct me.

    These are beautiful trilliums. I do so wish I could see the real things. But your photos come close.


    Comment by nouveaufauves — April 21, 2008 @ 2:03 am

  3. Lovely lovely! And I’m so glad you were there to see and appreciate them. (I love the ones of the slender little buds especially!)


    Comment by Sara — April 21, 2008 @ 6:35 am

  4. Kat,

    Thanks for the link. I’ll spend some time there and see what it’s like. I had not seen it.

    The camera I use is a Kodak Z712IS. It is not an expensive camera. There are lots of things I like about it, but at the same time I recognize its deficiencies. I would like one that gives me much better large images, better focus control and the ability to interchange lenses for more capability, but can’t afford the price. Also, where I go and what I do would make it difficult to take several heavy and bulky lenses with me which also take extra time to set up and use. I guess there are a lot of trade-offs to consider, and I have a constant debate going on with myself about it.


    Comment by montucky — April 21, 2008 @ 8:50 am

  5. nouveaufauves,

    I can certainly relate to that sentiment! The setting in which those flowers live is very special in itself and I spent quite a bit of time there just enjoying the whole thing, from the patches of snow among the bushes to the little rushing stream to the beautiful green of the cedars which surrounded the little opening in which they grow. I often think it wold be good to take others to some of these places, but of course that would be difficult or impossible if for no other reason than because scenes like this one are almost always unanticipated.


    Comment by montucky — April 21, 2008 @ 9:04 am

  6. Sara,

    It is a beautiful stand of flowers in a beautiful setting. It’s at times like that when I’m thankful for the ability to bring back photos and enable others of a like mind enjoy what I encountered.


    Comment by montucky — April 21, 2008 @ 9:10 am

  7. These are just beautiful! Beyond that my words fail me! 🙂


    Comment by aullori — April 21, 2008 @ 12:57 pm

  8. Thanks, Lori. They are very photogenic flowers. Luckily there was a variety of light conditions that day too as snow showers moved in and out and there was even a brief bit of sun. I could take my pick!


    Comment by montucky — April 21, 2008 @ 1:31 pm

  9. I”m GLAD you got carried away with your camera. I love all the different poses and stages of development!


    Comment by winterwoman — April 21, 2008 @ 5:45 pm

  10. It seemed as though there was something entirely different going on at each plant. What a great place it was to spend some time!


    Comment by montucky — April 21, 2008 @ 6:35 pm

  11. We tend to call them Wake Robins here. What a nice selection of pictures. Sometimes I wonder if your camera has a motor drive on it!



    Comment by knightofswords — April 21, 2008 @ 7:07 pm

  12. Thank goodness for digital, Malcolm! I guess it does have a couple motors at that, one for zoom and one for auto focus. What I like best is the ability to bring back several hundred photos!


    Comment by montucky — April 21, 2008 @ 7:30 pm

  13. Thanks, Montucky. I spent all day yesterday on the road coming to the Midwest to take care of a family emergency. These flower shoots really brightened my mood.
    I may need to ask your permission to get one of your photographs for my personal use – I’m going to miss the few trillium I see in Wisconsin this year.


    Comment by Bo — April 22, 2008 @ 7:38 am

  14. I’m sorry to hear about the emergency, Bo! I hope everything will be alright!

    Certainly, you may use any of my photos that you wish!


    Comment by montucky — April 22, 2008 @ 8:04 am

  15. Wonderful images Terry, I am with you I just love these flowers, beautiful work !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — April 25, 2008 @ 1:06 pm

  16. Thanks, Bernie! You would have had a great time with these too!


    Comment by montucky — April 25, 2008 @ 4:48 pm

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