Montana Outdoors

April 29, 2009

After looking everywhere…

After wondering where these little ones were since the first wildflowers began to bloom, I ran across these today in the most unlikely place, a few miles up from my house in a bone-dry section of pine forest. Oh well…

Alpine Springbeauty

Alpine Springbeauty

Alpine Springbeauty

Alpine Springbeauty

(Claytonia megarhiza, Purslane family)

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  1. The colors are subtle and pretty- it personifies Spring! I hope this flower recieves some May showers. šŸ™‚

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    Comment by Maureen — April 29, 2009 @ 6:57 pm

    • I sure hope it gets some rain on it too. It’s terribly dry here now and I hate to see it that way going into summer! We’ve had fresh snow the last couple of days, but only above about 4,000 feet.

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      Comment by montucky — April 29, 2009 @ 7:32 pm

  2. Beautiful photography! I wonder if the Spring Beauties here in our park are a mixture of Claytonia species. I have seen significant variations amongst the flowers. I know I look forward to them each spring.

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    Comment by Tabbie — April 29, 2009 @ 8:26 pm

    • There are so many species: doesn’t USDA Plants list about 50? Some day perhaps I will acquire just an inkling about plant classification… or not. My ID’s are hit or miss with not very many hits.

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      Comment by montucky — April 29, 2009 @ 8:40 pm

      • Wiki says 26 species of Claytonia. I was pretty good with botanical nomenclature for a long time, but I have gotten a little rusty in recent years. I guess I don’t use it enough.

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        Comment by Tabbie — April 29, 2009 @ 10:01 pm

        • I’ve never gotten past the “pretty little white flower” level.

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          Comment by montucky — April 29, 2009 @ 10:11 pm

  3. Such beauties..I’ve never seen these before..composition in third photo is great!

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    Comment by SuzieQ — April 29, 2009 @ 11:13 pm

    • I think some of the various species are fairly common, but here I’ve seen these in only a couple of places. Usually they are seen later at higher elevations right next to melting snowbanks and it took me a long time to find out what they were.

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      Comment by montucky — April 30, 2009 @ 7:38 am

  4. Great detail here, Terry. I particularly like the second one. They angle and shadows are perfect.

    I have been noticing a wide variety of Spring Beauties around here as well. Petal shapes differ. Some are more pink; others more white. And so on. One thing they all have in common. They’re all beautiful!

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    Comment by edvatza — April 30, 2009 @ 4:38 am

    • I’ve notices the different petal shapes too, Ed. That might be an interesting study some time.

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      Comment by montucky — April 30, 2009 @ 7:39 am

  5. How lovely! I like the touch of pink with the yellow and white. Great shots!

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    Comment by Cedar — April 30, 2009 @ 6:54 am

    • They do have a pretty combination of colors, don’t they!

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      Comment by montucky — April 30, 2009 @ 7:40 am

  6. I love the composition in third photograph …the curved part of the plant makes it so interesting

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    Comment by Robert Burcul — April 30, 2009 @ 7:03 am

    • When I saw that setting (it was back under some thick brush) it seemed to be a collection of everything about the plant, rather unusual to find.

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      Comment by montucky — April 30, 2009 @ 7:43 am

  7. I love the second one. The lighting is amazing!

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    Comment by Cherry Blossom — April 30, 2009 @ 7:43 am

    • Thanks. I thought it turned out well. That blossom had just the angle I wanted but was in a deep shadow and the only way I could get a decent image was by turning on the flash. It worked!

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      Comment by montucky — April 30, 2009 @ 7:47 am

  8. This whole wildflower series is fabulous. Not only for nature’s artistic flair, but yours as well.

    Excellent photographic work!

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    Comment by Pinhole — April 30, 2009 @ 9:37 am

    • Thanks Pinhole. I’ve been working hard at figuring out this camera. The beauty of the flowers is a great incentive!

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      Comment by montucky — April 30, 2009 @ 6:18 pm

  9. Shaking my head in the amazement of the beauty.

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    Comment by connie — April 30, 2009 @ 5:25 pm

    • Connie, that’s the way I feel about wildflowers too!

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      Comment by montucky — April 30, 2009 @ 6:18 pm

  10. gosh, you have such a wide variety of wildflowers. i sure do enjoy seeing those i’ve never seen before!

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    Comment by kcjewel — April 30, 2009 @ 8:05 pm


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