Montana Outdoors

June 18, 2008

Red, white and yellow

The pink one is “center stage”.
(Indian Paintbrush)
Indian paintbrush

Who can resist a bud?
Indian paint bud

Heck of a note: I can’t ID either one!

Lanceleaf Springbeauty, Claytonia lanceolataUnknown

Drummond’s campion, Silene drummondiiUnknown


Yellow Violets

Wild Snapdragon
Wild Snapdragons


  1. I like the one with the flower and mushroom – perhaps it requires a touch of curves to lighten the highlights.


    Comment by yesbuts — June 18, 2008 @ 11:38 am

  2. Beautiful images Terry, love the top one especially !!


    Comment by bernie kasper — June 18, 2008 @ 12:40 pm

  3. I like the bud, yarrow, and the mushroom. Such texture!


    Comment by katkmeanders — June 18, 2008 @ 2:34 pm

  4. Wildflower heaven.


    Comment by Bo — June 18, 2008 @ 2:42 pm

  5. There are living ethnomycologists, and there are brave ethnomycologists, but there are no living, brave ethnomycologists. —Geeky science joke


    Comment by scienceguy288 — June 18, 2008 @ 2:53 pm

  6. yesbuts,

    Yes, that combo really caught my eye, especially with the fern caressing the mushroom. Thanls for visiting!


    Comment by montucky — June 18, 2008 @ 4:24 pm

  7. Bernie,

    It’s fairly rare to see a pink paint in among the reds. they’re all photogenic though, aren’t they?


    Comment by montucky — June 18, 2008 @ 4:26 pm

  8. Kat,

    There are lots of varieties in full bloom now. Plenty to choose from!


    Comment by montucky — June 18, 2008 @ 4:28 pm

  9. I often think that, Bo. There’s one place I haven’t even reached yet this year where it looks just like a garden. I like to spend time there whenever I can.


    Comment by montucky — June 18, 2008 @ 4:29 pm

  10. Scienceguy,

    Good point, actually. I’m certainly not a brave one.


    Comment by montucky — June 18, 2008 @ 4:32 pm

  11. If one of your unknowns is the flower, I would suggest a Claytonia species….I do not know the fern nor the fungus. As always, your photos are fascinating and your eye for beauty is sharp as an eagle’s.


    Comment by Tabbie — June 18, 2008 @ 7:34 pm

  12. The one you’re unsure of – I would guess a white flower and a mushroom. Might make a nice salad, eh?


    Comment by wolf — June 18, 2008 @ 9:40 pm

  13. I agree w/Tabbie – the flower below the mushroom is likely a Claytonia sp. The one below that is a mystery – I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it!

    All of your photos are lovely, but I especially like the bud. We’re off for 4 days in the Sierras tomorrow morning, and I’m hopeful that I will bring back some good mountain wildflower photos to share.


    Comment by Adam R. Paul — June 18, 2008 @ 10:13 pm

  14. My guess for the white flowers below the Claytonia would be White Campion. 🙂


    Comment by Tabbie — June 19, 2008 @ 11:17 am

  15. Thanks, Tabbie. I’ve noticed that when you and Adam agree you’re usually right. It looks like it’s the Lanceleaf Springbeauty (Claytonia lanceolata) which does grow in Montana. They are really hardy: a month ago I found some blooming in the bare patches between snow drifts.


    Comment by montucky — June 19, 2008 @ 11:39 am

  16. Wolf,

    I thought that mushroom looked good enough to eat, which is the main reason I didn’t try it.


    Comment by montucky — June 19, 2008 @ 11:42 am

  17. Adam,

    Hope you and Sarah have a great time in the Sierras! I’ll look forward to some photos!


    Comment by montucky — June 19, 2008 @ 11:43 am

  18. Thanks again, Tabbie! I see one in USDA Plants that looks identical, the Drummond’s campion, (Silene drummondii) which grows in Montana.


    Comment by montucky — June 19, 2008 @ 11:55 am

  19. As far as I’m concerned, you could devote the enitre blog to Indian Paintbrush! 🙂



    Comment by knightofswords — June 19, 2008 @ 12:46 pm

  20. I certainly know what you mean, Malcolm! They draw attention in the woods more than any other flower with the possible exception of Bear Grass, and for some reason, maybe all the late rain, their colors are brighter than I’ve ever seen them.


    Comment by montucky — June 19, 2008 @ 7:51 pm

  21. pretty! I like the lanceleaf and the snapdragons


    Comment by silken — June 19, 2008 @ 9:29 pm

  22. i am so glad you can photograph all these wildflowers for me. This is the only way Iam going to see an Indian Paintbrush.


    Comment by nouveaufauves — June 19, 2008 @ 10:18 pm

  23. Silken,

    Interesting: the Lanceleaf likes high, cold places and the snapdragon likes low elevation meadows.


    Comment by montucky — June 20, 2008 @ 7:51 pm

  24. nouveaufauves,

    I wish you could see them in person, but glad the photos at least give you the idea. On a hike today I got a couple shots of yellow ones.


    Comment by montucky — June 20, 2008 @ 7:55 pm

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