Montana Outdoors

April 25, 2009

Not all Bluebells are blue

Not all bluebells are blue

Small Bluebells
Long-flower Bluebells
Mertensia longiflora


  1. i’ve got to get a new camera!! i took pics of my bluebells and just couldn’t get them captured. this is such a vivid photo… love it!


    Comment by kcjewel — April 25, 2009 @ 10:00 pm

    • I’m far from being an expert, but if you click on any of my photos, it will take you to that photo on my Flickr site. Then, look on the right side and you will see the camera (Nikon D80) and just below it a clickable phrase “more properties”. Click on that and it will display all of the camera settings for that photo.

      I don’t know anything about the G9 or what options you have there, but for close-ups I almost always use spot metering which adjusts the exposure exactly for the subject and that seems to work well for most wildflowers. I’ve seen so many of your photos where the exposure and colors were just super and it may be some small thing like that that will work for a subject that you have difficulty with.


      Comment by montucky — April 25, 2009 @ 10:24 pm

  2. Stunning!!


    Comment by Karen Wysopal — April 25, 2009 @ 10:19 pm

  3. […] Not all bluebells are blue […]


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  4. Cool! I was just shooting similar-looking Virginia Bluebells yesterday at Bowman’s Hill. Yours are a little deeper and richer in color as well as fresher. Very nice image.


    Comment by edvatza — April 26, 2009 @ 3:41 am

    • They are just beginning to bloom here in a few of the warmer locations.


      Comment by montucky — April 26, 2009 @ 8:32 am

  5. Apparently they’re not. But still very pretty… 🙂


    Comment by Camilla — April 26, 2009 @ 6:09 am

    • The pink colors are usually mixed in with the deep blues, but I think they are pretty in a group too.


      Comment by montucky — April 26, 2009 @ 8:34 am

  6. Lovely hues with these bluebells. Reading your reply to kcjewel, it reminded me that I wanted to try spot metering with closeups on flowers and wildflowers (I’ll try to remember when the time comes). Your wildflower captures are awesome, Montucky. 🙂


    Comment by Anna Surface — April 26, 2009 @ 6:20 am

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  8. Not “blue”bells,…but “magenta”bells!


    Comment by Cedar — April 26, 2009 @ 5:40 pm

  9. What *amazing* colors!! Wow!

    I wonder if they’re like Hydrangeas–different colors in different soil chemistry.


    Comment by gradschoolsara — April 28, 2009 @ 7:36 am

    • I’ve wondered about that too. You see that color often within a flower head, but this is the first that I’ve seen where they are all that color. It could be the age of the blossom too.


      Comment by montucky — April 28, 2009 @ 7:41 am

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