Montana Outdoors

June 5, 2008

The elegant and the garish

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — montucky @ 7:04 pm

The elegant and the garish


  1. No matter how many times I look at it, I still read that as “The elephant and the parish.” Even now, and I’m looking right at it.

    Great. Now I’ve got an idea for a children’s book. Gotta go.


    Comment by wolf — June 6, 2008 @ 1:50 am

  2. This is a beautiful shot!!!


    Comment by Kelly — June 6, 2008 @ 5:45 am

  3. In a way, Wolf, that might just fit!


    Comment by montucky — June 6, 2008 @ 8:48 am

  4. Kelly,

    I took the shot because it gave me a little insight into what my mind will focus on.


    Comment by montucky — June 6, 2008 @ 8:50 am

  5. Another fabulous shot, Montucky, thanks!! What are the cute little white flowers?

    (Answering your question from the other day, I don’t have a public blog, just a locked LiveJournal for my friends. I did put a link to my Flickr page with my pictures from Montana and Yellowstone in so if you click my name you should (I think) go there.)

    I’m moving to Missoula in August, and I’m going to know so much about the little plants and flowers before I even get out there because of you. 😀


    Comment by Sara — June 6, 2008 @ 9:33 am

  6. There are many flowers similar to this one. My best guess is Mayflower (Maianthemum), but it could also be a Canadian Mayflower (Maianthemum canadense) of False Lily of the valley (Maianthemum dilatatum).

    Thanks for the link to Flickr. I’ll visit your page.

    I sure hope you enjoy Missoula. There’s a blog that I read which originates from Missoula that you might enjoy too. It’s written by Patia Stephens and there’s a link to it in my blogroll.


    Comment by montucky — June 6, 2008 @ 10:00 am

  7. I like this shot simply because it provides the size aspect of these tiny little wildflowers. Of course, not all of them, but a lot of them. Very nice. (I’m not sure about the title tho I never thought of a dandelion as garish – I rubbed too many of the blossoms under my chin to think of them as anything but delightful.) For the life of me I still cannot recall why we did that – it had something to do with liking butter I think?


    Comment by aullori — June 6, 2008 @ 1:41 pm

  8. “The miracles of nature do not seem miracles because they are so common. If no one had ever seen even a flower, even a dandelion would be the most startling event in the world.”

    I know they are the most invasive plant in the world, and I know everyone considers them a pest… but.

    I love the photo and the contrast though. The little whites are very delicate.


    Comment by Anonymous — June 6, 2008 @ 4:27 pm

  9. Some days I can’t decide which to be. 🙂

    Love the photo.


    Comment by Jennifer H — June 6, 2008 @ 4:45 pm

  10. I think it’s all relative, Lori. I remember the blossoms under the chin too. That goes way back!


    Comment by montucky — June 6, 2008 @ 8:36 pm

  11. Anon,

    It’s not that I don’t like dandelions. Since they’re usually one of the very first splashes of color in the spring, I look forward to them. But by comparison…


    Comment by montucky — June 6, 2008 @ 8:38 pm

  12. I know what you mean, Jennifer. Usually I’d probably decide to be a leaf.


    Comment by montucky — June 6, 2008 @ 8:40 pm

  13. I really like this photo! I’m also rather fond of dandelions, since they are among the first color you see in the Spring.


    Comment by katkmeanders — June 7, 2008 @ 8:01 am

  14. I think I might choose to be something like red clover, or bachelor’s buttons (cornflower) if I could choose to be a flower. Both are pretty hardy, and the color of bachelor’s buttons endures even after they are dried. *smile*


    Comment by katkmeanders — June 7, 2008 @ 8:04 am

  15. Red clover is a favorite of mine. A week or so ago I saw some photos from Idaho of a giant red clover that’s absolutely stunning. I bet you’d like that!


    Comment by montucky — June 7, 2008 @ 8:07 am

  16. nice shot! looks like you shrunk yourself to get just the right perspective…


    Comment by silken — June 7, 2008 @ 8:23 pm

  17. What an interesting thought! I hadn’t looked at it like that, but I see what you mean.


    Comment by montucky — June 7, 2008 @ 9:48 pm

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