Montana Outdoors

July 24, 2008

Surprised by the lens… again.

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: — montucky @ 4:29 pm

On a fishing trip yesterday along this favorite stream,

Thompson River

I noticed many of these small flowers which grow on very short stems (1 – 2 inches high) and which are almost completely hidden by other very tall plants and tall, thick grasses. In a place which afforded a small window through all of the vegetation, I was able to get this photo of the flower and was once more surprised and delighted at what the lens revealed.

Self-heal, Prunella vulgaris

(Alice in) Wonderland flower

I’ve glanced at perhaps thousands of these over many years, but only now have I really looked at one. (You might want to click on the photo, which will take you to my Flickr page, where you can view a larger image.)


  1. interesting flower! always fun to find something “new”!


    Comment by silken — July 24, 2008 @ 8:43 pm

  2. Stunning! Never seen a flower like that. Such grace and beauty and perfection. Amazing!


    Comment by Sumedh — July 24, 2008 @ 9:13 pm

  3. Silken,

    I guess I’m amazed at how many “new” things I see and I had always thought I was fairly observant.


    Comment by montucky — July 24, 2008 @ 10:40 pm

  4. Sumedh,

    I felt much the same way when I saw the photo on my screen. The eye just doesn’t see everything about that blossom, or at least it isn’t obvious. Now I’ll have to find some a gain and really look hard at them and maybe use a 10X magnifying glass.


    Comment by montucky — July 24, 2008 @ 10:43 pm

  5. Oh, *wow* what an amazingly intricate and detailed little flower. And what a beautiful setting for you to have found it in. Thanks for letting us see!


    Comment by Sara — July 24, 2008 @ 11:04 pm

  6. You know, I’m certain that finding things like this is a function of loving the outdoors and being out there a lot of the time. And I constantly wonder, “what else have I missed?”.


    Comment by montucky — July 24, 2008 @ 11:21 pm

  7. The world is full of tiny wonders!


    Comment by Tabbie — July 25, 2008 @ 5:21 am

  8. What a great photo. I absolutely love it. The color, intricacy, and shape, is fantastic. Hope your fishing trip was a success.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — July 25, 2008 @ 7:26 am

  9. Yes it is, Tabbie. They are treats for those who take the time to find them.


    Comment by montucky — July 25, 2008 @ 8:49 am

  10. Scienceguy,

    Thanks! Complete success: a bunch of photos and a dozen fat brook trout for an old friend who loves to eat them.


    Comment by montucky — July 25, 2008 @ 8:50 am

  11. Amazing! Have you identified it yet?


    Comment by teaspoon — July 25, 2008 @ 11:48 am

  12. Not a clue. Of all the things that I do poorly, identifying wildflowers tops the list. I’ve looked at perhaps a thousand flowers on various sites without even coming close.


    Comment by montucky — July 25, 2008 @ 1:09 pm

  13. Does anyone else see the “face” in the flower?? Gorgeous little flower.


    Comment by Sandy — July 26, 2008 @ 10:45 am

  14. Yes, I saw that. I looks like something someone would have drawn. Reminded me of some of the Alice in Wonderland sets.


    Comment by montucky — July 26, 2008 @ 12:24 pm

  15. Hi. might want to look at self-heal or all-heal. Search that and you’ll find this guy.

    Scientific name? Prunella vulgaris

    This plant has quite a story behind it. :o)


    Comment by loriaull — August 2, 2008 @ 2:26 am

  16. Thanks Lori! You’re right… it does have quite a story, doesn’t it? You are so good at identifying these things! There’s quite a description and explanation on the web site Montana Plant Life too.


    Comment by montucky — August 2, 2008 @ 9:18 pm

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