Montana Outdoors

May 18, 2008

Red, white or blue

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:30 pm

Red trillium (trillium ovatum)

Red trillium

Death Camas (zigadenus venenosus)

Death camas

Larkspur (delphinium L)


(This is the first Larkspur I’ve seen this year!)


  1. Now I know why so many romance books talk about larkspur- it’s gorgeous!


    Comment by WordVixen — May 18, 2008 @ 9:50 pm

  2. I know it has been mentioned a lot in westerns. It gets a lot of attention in ranch country because its quite toxic to cattle. It’s also easy to spot because of its bright color in contrast to the greens of the wild grasses in which it often grows.


    Comment by montucky — May 18, 2008 @ 10:12 pm

  3. I’ve heard of camas, but never death camas. I guess the Natives don’t dig that up and eat the roots?


    Comment by Patia — May 18, 2008 @ 11:13 pm

  4. beauty, beauty, everywhere!


    Comment by Sumedh — May 19, 2008 @ 3:47 am

  5. Nothing is so amazing as walking in the woods and finding a large patch of purple (red) trillium,… or white trillium. A carpet of beauty! Thanks for such a great closeup!



    Comment by Cedar — May 19, 2008 @ 4:30 am

  6. Patia,

    No, they don’t. When there’s a problem is when someone would collect the bulbs when the plants were not in bloom and mistake them for the bulbs of the blue camas which is edible.


    Comment by montucky — May 19, 2008 @ 8:04 am

  7. Sumedh,

    That’s the way it seems in spring and early summer here. With a short growing season, as soon as it warms up, everything is in a hurry to bloom.


    Comment by montucky — May 19, 2008 @ 8:06 am

  8. Cedar,

    I love the trilliums, and I think at least part of their beauty is where they grow.


    Comment by montucky — May 19, 2008 @ 8:08 am

  9. I know I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: you really should think about writing/illustrating a book on wildflowers. Your shots are great, and you obviously know your stuff.


    Comment by wolf — May 19, 2008 @ 8:39 am

  10. I’d love to, Wolf, but it seems the more I see of the wildflowers the more I realize how very little I know about them! That would be fun to do in a joint effort with someone who really understands them.


    Comment by montucky — May 19, 2008 @ 9:17 am

  11. What great, rich colors. The photos from the post below look great as well. I’m glad the weather is nice there, because back at home, it’s been nothing but rain, clouds, and wind.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — May 19, 2008 @ 10:08 am

  12. We should have rain tomorrow, which is good because we really need it now. I always like it best if there’s a mix of sun and rain, especially as summer heats up and fire danger increases.


    Comment by montucky — May 19, 2008 @ 10:19 am

  13. I’ve always been attracted to any bit of nature that gets the word ‘death’ in their name. That camas looks pretty sweet to me. Keep those wildflower photos comin’ – I’m lovin’ them all.


    Comment by Bo — May 19, 2008 @ 10:53 am

  14. That’s quite a name for a little plant, but I think it can be a tough little customer. There are lots more wildflowers yet to come if my exploring doesn’t get cut short by the fire season. I sure do love getting out and seeing them all!


    Comment by montucky — May 19, 2008 @ 1:22 pm

  15. That is so exciting congrats Montucky! I got really excited as I saw the first blooms on one single chokecherry bush today! I think the service berry bush will produce really well this year too! I completely understand your excitement! That death camas shot is stunning! (It’s difficult to understand how tricky of a shot that is without giving it a whirl!)


    Comment by aullori — May 20, 2008 @ 12:21 am

  16. Looks like your chokecherries are a week or so ahead of us too. Ours are just starting to bud out. I’m really looking forward to the berries this year, but we still have quite a bit of chokecherry syrup left from last summer despite the fact that I have some just about every day.


    Comment by montucky — May 20, 2008 @ 8:29 am

  17. Ah, when one is hungry, it’s always good to know which camas is toxic and which isn’t!



    Comment by knightofswords — May 20, 2008 @ 10:02 am

  18. Yes it is, but I think I’ll stick with arrowleaf balsamroot.


    Comment by montucky — May 20, 2008 @ 12:46 pm

  19. These are just amazing Terry, the Trillium is beautiful, and the Larkspur looks so much better than the ones I tried to photograph this year.

    You are becoming quite the flower photographer !!



    Comment by Bernie Kasper — May 20, 2008 @ 3:10 pm

  20. think I like the larkspur best. very pretty


    Comment by silken — May 20, 2008 @ 6:45 pm

  21. Thanks, Bernie. I’ve just been lucky to catch the blossoms at their prime, I think.


    Comment by montucky — May 20, 2008 @ 7:14 pm

  22. silken,

    It was lucky to catch the Larkspur blossom at the peak of its color. They are really quite pretty.


    Comment by montucky — May 20, 2008 @ 7:16 pm

  23. Definitely blue for me! My dad has had larkspurs in abundance this spring, but they are about gone now. Too hot.


    Comment by FF&F — May 22, 2008 @ 8:14 pm

  24. They are just starting here. You should have been with me today. Got up into the snow!


    Comment by montucky — May 22, 2008 @ 10:22 pm

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