Montana Outdoors

July 21, 2008

July: they keep on blooming

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: — montucky @ 9:34 pm

Among all of the distractions of a Montana summer, it wouldn’t be right to ignore the wildflowers that just keep blooming. I greatly enjoy their beauty even though I can’t identify all of them.



This plant is quite low growing and the blossom would suggest a fruit, but I can’t place it.


Blue unknown


Elderberry. It’s interesting to see this one blooming while at the same time the fruit of the Serviceberry is already ripe.

Elderberry blossoms

Looks like a species of geranium?

Wild geranium

These bright colored blossoms are growing high on the river bank, nearly buried in the taller vegetation. (In mid and late summer, the vegetation along the river below my house grows thick and luxuriant. In the spring, one can easily walk along the bank, but now the plants are as tall as I am and walking through them becomes hazardous because of the pits the beavers will sometimes dig there and the possibility of diamondbacks nestled down in the shade.)




  1. I’ve been so busy I’ve not had time to research your unknowns. They are lovely though. And elderberries….mmm…I love elderberry apple pie. 🙂


    Comment by Tabbie — July 22, 2008 @ 5:09 am

  2. Shoot, I feel like I ought to know that blue unknown–the pink buds that become blue flowers are so distinctive and I know I’ve seen it *somewhere*.


    Your pictures are beautiful, and I love picturing your riverbank with those pretty purple flowers all along it.

    Thanks so much!


    Comment by Sara — July 22, 2008 @ 8:21 am

  3. Tabbie,

    I haven’t tried elderberry apple. Now I’ll have to! This looks like it will be a very good year for them.


    Comment by montucky — July 22, 2008 @ 9:09 am

  4. Sara,

    I should know what that flower is, too. The wildflowers this year have been extraordinary, maybe because of the late and very wet spring. I’ve not seen those purple flowers by the river before.

    I hiked up to Bighole peak a week ago and found a profusion of flowers there too. What a great summer this has been for those who have gotten out into the back country!


    Comment by montucky — July 22, 2008 @ 9:13 am

  5. Great shots of the wildflowers. A little slice of Montana in Western New York. Thanks.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — July 23, 2008 @ 7:26 am

  6. More great photographs. I hope some of these flowers are still around when we get out to Glacier in a couple of weeks.



    Comment by Malcolm — July 23, 2008 @ 8:17 pm

  7. Thanks, Scienceguy.


    Comment by montucky — July 23, 2008 @ 8:22 pm

  8. There should be plenty, Malcolm, especially in the higher elevations of Glacier. I went fishing today and found flowers blooming everywhere, and that was a fairly low elevation. I’m sure they’ll last a couple more weeks.


    Comment by montucky — July 23, 2008 @ 8:25 pm

  9. I really like the first and third ones. maybe you’ll find out what that second one bears if you check back w/ it later….


    Comment by silken — July 24, 2008 @ 8:51 pm

  10. Yes, I should check on it later. Now, if I can just remember where it is…


    Comment by montucky — July 24, 2008 @ 10:33 pm

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