Montana Outdoors

May 4, 2009

Rock Clematis

Clematis columbiana, (Buttercup family) is another wildflower found only  in the western states of AZ, CO, ID, MT, ND, NM, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, and WY. The blossoms grow on long vines which will often climb quite high onto the brush, and, when open, appear to look like bright blue birds flying through the forest, as in the last photo. 

Rock clematis

Rock clematis

Rock clematis

These were found along the Munson Creek trail (USFS trail 372) within the TeePee/Spring Creek roadless area in western Montana’s Cabinet Mountains.

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  1. Oh how pretty! I like these type of wildflowers that hang bell like opening to a star. This reminds me of a wildflower on a vine that grows here but I cannot think of its name! Ehh! I have some that grow next to my porch. When they bloom I photograph them. 🙂

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    Comment by Anna Surface — May 4, 2009 @ 8:47 am

    • Since these are vines, they are often seen at eye level, which is very pleasant while I’m hiking.

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      Comment by montucky — May 4, 2009 @ 8:35 pm

  2. What an intense color. Lovely!

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    Comment by Cedar — May 4, 2009 @ 11:17 am

    • These are a darker color than most. Some are a quite light blue which is very pretty too.

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      Comment by montucky — May 4, 2009 @ 8:36 pm

  3. Wonderful shots. You are truly blessed with the opportunity to capture such wonderful moments and the talent to bring them to life for us. Each day as I read your blog and look at these wonderful images I feel refreshed and enchanted.

    Spiritus!

    Jeff

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    Comment by Jeff Lynch — May 4, 2009 @ 11:40 am

    • Thanks for your kind words, Jeff. It is indeed a blessing to live this close to parts of the world that are relatively untouched and to see the natural beauty there.

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      Comment by montucky — May 4, 2009 @ 8:40 pm

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  5. Oh! That 2nd one is my fav!!! Lovely!

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    Comment by Stacey — May 4, 2009 @ 1:07 pm

    • I like that too. Not too many flowers wear their petals like cloaks.

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      Comment by montucky — May 4, 2009 @ 8:42 pm

  6. Ooooh sooo bluuuue! 😀 Nice!

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    Comment by Tabbie — May 4, 2009 @ 2:24 pm

    • Yes, I like to see their blues too in the midst of all the green.

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      Comment by montucky — May 4, 2009 @ 8:43 pm

  7. Excellent series. The flower just pops open before our very eyes. Cool. Again, very well done!

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    Comment by edvatza — May 4, 2009 @ 4:34 pm

  8. Indeed these flowers are the bluebirds of spring – lovely!

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    Comment by Maureen — May 4, 2009 @ 7:06 pm

    • When there is a group of them all open and strung through the trees, they do look like a flock of blue birds.

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      Comment by montucky — May 4, 2009 @ 8:45 pm

  9. Beautiful color and detail Terry, I love the opened one on the bottom, beautiful work !!

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    Comment by Bernie Kasper — May 4, 2009 @ 7:41 pm

  10. Thanks Bernie! These give one a lot to shoot at!

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    Comment by montucky — May 4, 2009 @ 8:46 pm

  11. It must be exciting searching for a different plants and flowers on your walks through the wilderness…great shots of really interesting plants

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    Comment by Robert Burcul — May 5, 2009 @ 2:55 am

    • It is. Even after so many years, I still find ones that I’ve never seen before.

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      Comment by montucky — May 5, 2009 @ 7:49 am

  12. you have simply the most beautiful wildflowers i’ve ever seen. maybe i just need to get out more!!

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    Comment by kcjewel — May 6, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

    • They are very pretty this year. We’ve been having some rain the last few days, and more will be starting to bloom: hope I can keep up!

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      Comment by montucky — May 6, 2009 @ 9:26 pm


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