Montana Outdoors

May 28, 2008

Spring paintbrush

Monday on a trip to see if the snow had cleared off the road enough to get to the trailhead leading into the Cherry Peak roadless area (it has!), I was surprised to see the Indian Paintbrushes blooming already, especially at that altitude.

The full rich color of these particular flowers is because they have blossomed during a fairly long cloudy spell, which has kept the sun’s radiation which is especially strong at that relatively high elevation from fading them.

Indian Paintbrush, Castilleja miniata.

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

Paintbrush at Mountain Nature ,com

Paintbrush at USDA Plants

Advertisements

Blog at WordPress.com.