Montana Outdoors

November 22, 2008

Let’s not forget the wildflowers of summer.

Tolmie tulips

Tolmie tulip

Tolmie tulip

(Photographed June 1, 2008 at Munson Creek in the TeePee-Spring Creek roadless area in western Montana’s Cabinet Mountains.)


  1. While sitting here in below freezing weather, it was nice to see a little peek of summer’s beauty! I love all of the seasons, but I do miss the flowers in winter!


    Comment by iPost — November 23, 2008 @ 7:45 am

  2. Before I noticed the date on the photograph, was going to ask where you found blooming wild flowers at this time of year. 🙂



    Comment by knightofswords — November 23, 2008 @ 9:13 am

  3. iPost,

    I miss them too and look forward to when they start to show up again in spring. Maybe I’ll sprinkle a few more summer wildflowers into my posts over the winter,

    Thank you for visiting!


    Comment by montucky — November 23, 2008 @ 9:15 am

  4. How beautiful and graceful these plants are. I was confused why there was no snowcover, but then saw when the shot was taken.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — November 23, 2008 @ 9:34 am

  5. Malcolm,

    Yeah, I jumped the gun a bit on this one, didn’t I. We don’t even have snow on the ground here at the house yet.


    Comment by montucky — November 23, 2008 @ 9:38 am

  6. Scienceguy,

    These are favorites of early summer and I have seen them blooming beside hold-over snowbanks in June and July, but this time of year they’re resting.


    Comment by montucky — November 23, 2008 @ 9:41 am

  7. I *so* want to see these flowers next summer when they’re blooming. Because every time I see your pictures of them I want to pet their fuzzy insides. They’re the *cutest* flowers. 😀


    Comment by gradschoolsara — November 23, 2008 @ 10:46 am

  8. A rather daring hairstyle for a flower, I must say.

    Great shots, though!


    Comment by Pinhole — November 23, 2008 @ 11:12 am

  9. Those are so amazing with the brilliant threads all over them. What purpose do you think the treads serve? Or are they just for beauty?


    Comment by Cedar — November 23, 2008 @ 12:58 pm

  10. Sara,

    Late May or early June I’ll be anxious to see them again too. They will be an excuse for a couple of good hikes!


    Comment by montucky — November 23, 2008 @ 1:22 pm

  11. Pinhole,

    Part of the fascination of these little guys is the amazing differences between sub-species. There’s always a surprise there.


    Comment by montucky — November 23, 2008 @ 1:23 pm

  12. Cedar,

    I have no idea why they have that texture but there must be some advantage there because they grow in abundance.


    Comment by montucky — November 23, 2008 @ 1:26 pm

  13. Beautiful images and subjects Terry, I am glad to see a little color about now, cold and bleak around here now !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — November 23, 2008 @ 9:22 pm

  14. It’s a little drab here now too, Bernie, except for the evergreens. We don’t yet have the beauty of the snow either. Maybe in the next week I’ll be able to get out into the high country for at least one more time before the ice closes the back roads. There are several places I’d like to go yet.


    Comment by montucky — November 23, 2008 @ 10:01 pm

  15. Perfect beauty!


    Comment by Norma Parr — November 24, 2008 @ 2:07 pm

  16. They are that, Norma! They pack a lot into a small space: they’re just over a half inch across.


    Comment by montucky — November 24, 2008 @ 3:36 pm

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