Montana Outdoors

May 20, 2009

Born in the rain

These are the first blossoms of their species to appear around here this year and when I saw them this morning while I walked in the rain, it seemed important to me that they be displayed. Then as I clicked the shutter from under my umbrella, the reason occurred to me: the exuberance of these brand new arrivals that entered our world on a rainy day needed to be shared.

Goatsbeard, Yellow Salisfy

Yellow Salisfy
Tragopogon dubius
Aster family


Prunus virginiana
Rose family


  1. Isn’t spring absolutely a miracle? Such color and such hope.


    Comment by Cedar — May 20, 2009 @ 7:35 am

    • It is! These appear literally over night and immediately display such enthusiasm and seem to expect wonderful things from life.


      Comment by montucky — May 20, 2009 @ 7:41 am

  2. These are gorgeous captures! I love the rain and you captured it so well on the Goatsbeard and Chokecherry. I agree, spring is a miracle. 🙂


    Comment by Anna Surface — May 20, 2009 @ 8:39 am

    • Mother Nature’s strategy of annual renewal is so full of enthusiasm and promise it’s a wonder that people don’t use it too.


      Comment by montucky — May 20, 2009 @ 9:13 am

  3. One of my favorite activities at my new job is watering. I love the water droplettes sparkling on the soft petals of the flowers.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — May 20, 2009 @ 10:03 am

    • I’ve found that watering flowers is rewarding too. There’s just something about it…


      Comment by montucky — May 20, 2009 @ 11:50 am

  4. These flowers are all the more beautiful when wet.



    Comment by knightofswords — May 20, 2009 @ 10:22 am

    • I think so too, Malcolm. I usually prefer a rainy day for photographing wildflowers because of that and also the light conditions are better than on a sunny day.


      Comment by montucky — May 20, 2009 @ 11:52 am

  5. I especially love the Goatsbeard! Bravo!


    Comment by Tabbie — May 20, 2009 @ 8:22 pm

  6. Thank you Montucky.


    Comment by connie — May 20, 2009 @ 10:03 pm

  7. very interesting. so good to be reminded of beauty that is born within a storm….


    Comment by silken — May 21, 2009 @ 11:52 am

    • Rain has always been special in my life and perhaps I’ve gotten used to looking for special things in it.


      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2009 @ 8:23 pm

  8. I’m lovin’ the Goatsbeard in the rain. Beautiful. Goatsbeard also have magnificent seed pods as well.


    Comment by edvatza — May 22, 2009 @ 7:10 pm

    • Yes, they do. This is just the first I’ve seen this year and it wasn’t quite fully open.


      Comment by montucky — May 22, 2009 @ 10:01 pm

  9. I’ve never considered salsify a pretty flower. You’ve just proved me wrong.


    Comment by kateri — July 3, 2009 @ 9:21 pm

    • I don’t find the plant itself particularly attractive, but the blossoms and seed heads, well…

      Thanks for visiting, kateri!


      Comment by montucky — July 3, 2009 @ 10:11 pm

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