Montana Outdoors

May 7, 2009


Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 7:49 am

Just in the past few days, Mule-ears have started to bloom and soon will cover entire hillsides. They have fairly large blossoms which at first glance look a bit like Arrowleaf Balsamroot, but they are actually a member of the Aster family. Their name comes from the shape of their leaves.





Wyethia amplexicaulis, Aster family

(Yeah, I know: I got a little carried away with these.)


  1. That last shot is so nice,… almost looks like frost in the center of the flower.


    Comment by Cedar — May 7, 2009 @ 7:57 am

    • Some of the blossoms have those tiny hairs in the center and others don’t. I guess it has to do with the maturity of the flower. Anyway, they caught the light just right.


      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2009 @ 8:04 am

  2. These are gorgeous! I enjoyed the variety of perspectives and my favorite is the third photograph. My goodness your area is alive with wildflowers! πŸ™‚


    Comment by Anna Surface — May 7, 2009 @ 7:58 am

    • Thanks Anna. Yes, there are lots of them and many more yet to come. I hope I can catch all! There seems to be a different flower for each type of terrain and we have a lot of variety of that.


      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2009 @ 8:06 am

  3. Even if you might have gotten carried away, we end up seeing some great close-up views from multiple directions. I can’t even see this well in real life. πŸ™‚



    Comment by knightofswords — May 7, 2009 @ 8:53 am

    • I can’t either, Malcolm. I’m so grateful for a good lens! I’m becoming obsessed with all of the beautiful little things that we so often just don’t see at all.


      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2009 @ 8:59 am

  4. not carried away…these are really gorgeous shots. love the close ups!


    Comment by silken — May 7, 2009 @ 9:28 am

  5. Amazing shots. I have never seen such beautiful water drops.


    Comment by myphotoscout — May 7, 2009 @ 10:19 am

    • Raindrops on wildflowers are something I can’ resist. The first two photos were taken during a pretty heavy rain, from under an umbrella that I usually carry just for that purpose.


      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2009 @ 3:55 pm

  6. I would never tire of Mule-ears! Great shots.


    Comment by Maureen — May 7, 2009 @ 10:58 am

    • I never tire of them either. In another week or so there will be big swaths of them blooming in several areas that I know of.


      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2009 @ 3:56 pm

  7. Lovely! Third one down is my favorite.


    Comment by Lillie — May 7, 2009 @ 12:40 pm

  8. Looks like somebody’s having fun with the macro lens…

    Keep it up! Very cool stuff!


    Comment by wolf — May 7, 2009 @ 1:56 pm

  9. Love the side view and the close up. Whomever the people were who named most of the wildflowers–they all must have had lots of imagination!


    Comment by Bo — May 7, 2009 @ 2:05 pm

    • They must have, but not all of the names make a lot of sense to me.


      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2009 @ 4:01 pm

  10. That third one does it for me…nicely captured and beautiful flower.


    Comment by burstmode — May 7, 2009 @ 2:16 pm

    • Thanks. They really are a beauty, and large enough to be easily seen.


      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2009 @ 4:02 pm

  11. oh wow, they are all beautiful, but i LOVE the one facing left! it’s a how stopper!!


    Comment by kcjewel — May 7, 2009 @ 8:35 pm

  12. show stopper… : o )


    Comment by kcjewel — May 7, 2009 @ 8:35 pm

  13. They certainly don’t look like the ears of a mule! πŸ˜› They’re gorgeous! I’ve forgtotten…what camera do you currently use?


    Comment by Tabbie — May 7, 2009 @ 11:07 pm

    • Kind of a strange name for a flower so pretty, but I really like mules so it has a good connotation for me.

      I use a Nikon D80 that I bought in January. I like it a lot, but it’s big and that took a lot of getting used to.


      Comment by montucky — May 8, 2009 @ 7:27 am

      • Mules are cool. πŸ™‚

        Ah ok…my camera died a little over 24 hours ago. It was just under a year old, and I have purchased a new camera (the Canon SX10-IS) for the interim while I research which direction to take next. Models I have looked at so far include the Nikon D90, the Nikon D5000, and the Sony DSC-HX1. The Canon I just purchased should be delivered tomorrow.


        Comment by Tabbie — May 8, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

        • Hard choices. I can’t offer much advice because I’m far from knowledgeable about cameras.

          The D80 size takes a little getting used to and I’ve already pretty much gotten past that.

          It seems to me that so much that goes into picture quality depends on the lens, and there are good and bad things there with Nikon. I’ve found for the kind of usage I have, it’s kind of a pain to have to keep changing lenses as well as carrying, storing, cleaning and protecting them, working out of my backpack: they also are quite expensive. On the other hand, Nikon has a lot of very good lenses available, they do change fairly easily and their quality seems to be good.

          I hope you can find exactly what you need!


          Comment by montucky — May 8, 2009 @ 7:45 pm

  14. Carries away nothing. This is a wonderful series of images. I love the first but enjoyed them all. I really appreciate how you took the time to work all angles. Great job, Terry.


    Comment by edvatza — May 9, 2009 @ 2:58 am

    • Thanks Ed. I really enjoy these because they present a lot of different looks the way they grow. It was refreshing to have a subject larger than half an inch for a change.


      Comment by montucky — May 9, 2009 @ 7:38 am

  15. Quite lovely (am very far behind but will endeavor to catch up with your lovely blog before bedtime)… probably won’t sprinkle comments on every post but these photos are particularly wonderful!


    Comment by Victoria — June 3, 2009 @ 8:56 pm

    • Thanks, Tory! I’ve gotten behind too. I was out of town the last 2 days and have an all day class tomorrow. Maybe I’ll catch up later in the week myself.


      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2009 @ 9:03 pm

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