Montana Outdoors

June 8, 2008

The neighbors

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 7:27 pm

The Prairie Smoke also had some close and, in my opinion, very pretty neighbors who belong to one of the three hundred different species of Cinquefoil: I have no idea which one, although I think the Shrubby one can probably be ruled out. It was actually the bright color of the Cinquefoil that attracted me to the exact location where they both live side by side.




Another neighbor living just down the block (maybe 30 yards away) is this one whom I haven’t yet been able to identify (possibly one of the species of Polemonium?),

Unknown (Polemonium?)

and just down the hill a short distance is this flower that I can never resist photographing, a Penstemon (most likely a rock Penstemon).


I really like their neighborhood!


  1. That’s a gorgeous neighborhood, alright! I love the almost ethereal blues of the Penstemon. Thanks so much!


    Comment by Sara — June 9, 2008 @ 5:08 am

  2. Blues, yellows and lavenders side by side….imagine that! Just lovely!


    Comment by Tabbie — June 9, 2008 @ 5:17 am

  3. Penstemons…I never heard of them, but they do indeed look beautiful.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — June 9, 2008 @ 6:17 am

  4. Sara,

    I can’t resist the colors the Penstemons exhibit. Some, in shade are very dark, rich blue, and they’re gorgeous too, but the pastels always stop me in my tracks.


    Comment by montucky — June 9, 2008 @ 9:19 am

  5. Tabbie,

    This time of year here certain parts of the wild country appear as though Nature has spent much time and thought in arranging Her gardens. I’m constantly in awe of the vividness of the colors, their forms and arrangement. It’s a terrific time to be outdoors!


    Comment by montucky — June 9, 2008 @ 9:23 am

  6. Scienceguy,

    Right now the Penstemons seem to be everywhere and they’re bright enough and have so many blossoms that they’re visible from quite a distance. It makes a walk on a trail a very pleasant experience.


    Comment by montucky — June 9, 2008 @ 9:25 am

  7. What beautiful wildflowers you have there, I never would have guessed at such an array Terry, you are definitely doing a fantastic job in conveying their beauty to us !! 🙂


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — June 9, 2008 @ 12:50 pm

  8. Yes, the array of flowers is tremendous, and so far I haven’t caught half of them! The flowers alone, if there were no other reason, would motivate me to spend all of my available time in the back country.


    Comment by montucky — June 9, 2008 @ 6:49 pm

  9. Lovely flower photos! I agree on the probable-Polemonium. I’ve seen Prairie Smoke once or twice in the Sierra Nevada mountains, but it didn’t have such lovely company as yours has!


    Comment by Adam R. Paul — June 10, 2008 @ 8:35 am

  10. Thanks, Adam. We’ve had a very cold and wet spring and the wildflowers seem to like that. They are more abundant than I’ve even seen them and the blossoms seem to be much larger than usual.


    Comment by montucky — June 10, 2008 @ 8:45 am

  11. nice, I especially love those last ones!


    Comment by silken — June 10, 2008 @ 9:53 pm

  12. Both of those last flowers exhibit a wide range of color and I seem to always like the light pastels the best. I use a photo of the last flower as my screensaver at the moment.


    Comment by montucky — June 10, 2008 @ 10:29 pm

  13. We have a profusion of the exact flower as the polemonium (?) on our place in Lakeside. We have not been able to identify it. It looks like a polemonium, but we cannot find an exact match; your picture is a perfect match. Sky Pilot has been suggested by locals, but it not seem to match. If you discover the exact match let me know.


    Comment by Robert Hermes — June 18, 2008 @ 9:37 am

  14. I’ve spent quite a bit of time trying to ID it too. If I ever do figure it out, I’ll holler!


    Comment by montucky — June 18, 2008 @ 4:14 pm

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