Montana Outdoors

June 4, 2008

Wild blue flax

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 6:22 pm

Who, when driving on a Montana highway, wouldn’t stop to take a photo of these flowers?

Wild blue flax

Wild Blue Flax, Linum lewisii

Wild blue flax,(Linum lewisii)

Wild blue flax,(Linum lewisii)


  1. I can’t tell you how envious I am of that view. Your photos are gorgeous.


    Comment by Jennifer H — June 4, 2008 @ 7:34 pm

  2. Thank you, Jennifer! That’s taken on the Flathead Indian reservation along the lower Flathead river here in western Montana. The white peaks in the background are in the Reservation Divide roadless area.

    Thanks for visiting!


    Comment by montucky — June 4, 2008 @ 8:10 pm

  3. oh I love these! guess I am partial to all your blue flowers!


    Comment by silken — June 4, 2008 @ 8:23 pm

  4. They sure show up, don’t they? They seem to hold their own celebration of summer.


    Comment by montucky — June 4, 2008 @ 9:00 pm

  5. What a gorgeous landscape, Montucky, with the blue flax tucked in the foreground to stunning effect.


    Comment by Bo — June 4, 2008 @ 10:54 pm

  6. Thanks, Bo. I don’t think there’s a prettier place anywhere than western Montana in early summer. There are scenes like this just about anywhere you go.


    Comment by montucky — June 4, 2008 @ 11:06 pm

  7. such exuberance in its detail; highly energizing and enlivening shots; as usual, many thanks for sharing them! ๐Ÿ™‚


    Comment by Sumedh — June 5, 2008 @ 5:32 am

  8. Wonderful field of blue. It matches the sky above.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — June 5, 2008 @ 8:01 am

  9. When I was in that part of Montana two weeks ago I was amazed at how *fast* people were driving past the most beautiful scenes without even noticing. I kept wanting to go slow and *look* but would have been a traffic hazard.

    That’s just *gorgeous*!! Thanks so much for sharing…and for letting me know that I’m not the only one who can’t just go on by.


    Comment by Sara — June 5, 2008 @ 8:15 am

  10. Sumedh,

    “Exuberance” is a good word: the exuberance of spring!


    Comment by montucky — June 5, 2008 @ 8:29 am

  11. Scienceguy,

    Yes, these flowers are large enough to create a field of blue and you’re right, they do match the sky!


    Comment by montucky — June 5, 2008 @ 8:30 am

  12. Sara,

    There are folks here who do enjoy the beauty of the place certainly, but it’s surprising how many simply don’t care. It didn’t use to be this way, but now so many Montanans really don’t care about the environment: they are more interested in exploiting it. It’s very sad. You see more tourists stopping to take photographs than locals.

    By the way, do you also have a blog that I may visit? Your name is not “clickable” on your comments and I noticed that mine wasn’t either until I edited my profile to add the URL for my blog.


    Comment by montucky — June 5, 2008 @ 8:35 am

  13. Wonderful, and such a typically beautiful Montana highway scene…wildflowers…and old fence…a ridge, mountains in the background. Years ago, there might have been a couple of those white safety crosses here casting a spell over the view.

    I’m glad you included a couple of close-ups of the flowers.



    Comment by knightofswords — June 5, 2008 @ 10:21 am

  14. Beautiful! Almost I’d risk the brutal Winters there to be able to live so close to Nature. I’d have to have a mentor to teach me the advanced “dealing with the cold” methods though. It gets quite cold (below 0 Farenheit, to the negative teens sometimes) in Kansas, even here in SE Kansas (sometimes), but I’m not sure I could deal with what I think of as “especially cold for here” for months on end.


    Comment by katkmeanders — June 5, 2008 @ 10:30 am

  15. Malcolm,

    Yes it’s a fairly typical early summer scene for here. The crosses are still here. That program is administered by various American Legion Posts and is over 50 years old now. Just none in this specific spot.

    I’ve seen these flowers only in a few places and don’t know why they’re not more wide-spread. There are several types of flowers like that around here.


    Comment by montucky — June 5, 2008 @ 3:28 pm

  16. Katk,

    In a normal winter it probably doesn’t get much colder here than in Kansas. We usually have only a few days of temps in the -20ยบ range, sometimes none at all. If there’s one thing I dislike about our winters it’s that they are often too long, and maybe that’s because I look forward to spring so much that they only seem that way. There wasn’t a day in the last two winters that was so bad I couldn’t go out for a hike.


    Comment by montucky — June 5, 2008 @ 3:32 pm

  17. Stunning blues! I just can’t get enough of what you show us. The beauty of your surroundings literally leaves me breathless.


    Comment by Tabbie — June 5, 2008 @ 9:56 pm

  18. Nature really celebrates summer here because it knows that so many life cycles must be compressed into a short time. It’s good to enjoy it to the utmost while it’s going on.


    Comment by montucky — June 6, 2008 @ 8:47 am

  19. Really pretty shots. I love how bright the blue is… brilliant job by both you and mother nature!


    Comment by aullori — June 6, 2008 @ 1:45 pm

  20. Yes, she made a very pretty color blue!


    Comment by montucky — June 6, 2008 @ 8:32 pm

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