Montana Outdoors

May 21, 2009

Another side of the Larkspur

Yesterday, on a little shelf on the hillside above the river I came upon a group of Larkspur that were quite colorful and in good condition, and I chose to try some photos of one that was back inside some rather heavy brush and mostly out of the wind. I set an umbrella down in such a position that it shielded the flower from the wind and my camera from the rain and wriggled underneath on my belly to attempt a photo.

Here is what the lens saw there: an entirely different side of a Larkspur.

Upland larkspur

Upland Larkspur,
Common Larkspur,
Delphinium nuttallii)
Buttercup family 


  1. I thought I’d stop by your site today before heading out for a doctor’s appointment and a dentist’s appointment. Glad I did.

    If it weren’t for your comments, one might think you brought this flower inside a studio, for it hovers there in a void of darkness.

    You’ve probably mentioned this before, by what kind of camera are you using. We have a cheap digital; like those cheap instant cameras using film, it has not F-stop or distance settings. One of the problems there is that it focuses on what it wants to, so in trying to take a close up of a flower, it might focus on the background, leaving the flower in a blur.

    Your camera is handling these shots like a good 35mm. I always used a Pentax and it’s still around, but I don’t want to go back to film.



    Comment by knightofswords — May 21, 2009 @ 7:22 am

    • I also have an old Pentax that I haven’t used in years, and another full-frame camera, A Warner, that I liked even better. Now that the technology has been refined though, I’ve fallen in love with digital.

      For the last year or so I used a Kodak and liked it a lot, but it just didn’t hold up: they have not maintained their quality.

      In January I replaced the Kodak with a Nikon D80 digital SLR which gives me much more capability and the ability to use all of the lenses that I can afford. The size and weight has taken a bit of getting used to for my kind of picture taking and learning to use more than the point-and-shoot modes has been a lot of challenge, frustration, consternation, reward and overall fun. (Some day I’ll get it right!) I really do enjoy being able to get good images and having the ability to make large prints from them if I want.

      From what I’ve seen though, there is a huge array of the new digitals out there that are capable of taking excellent pictures and more are being introduced every day.


      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2009 @ 8:49 am

      • Thanks for the info about the Nikon D80. We might look into that when we’re ready to upgrade from our simple little Polaroid digital.



        Comment by knightofswords — May 22, 2009 @ 12:45 pm

        • It’s just one of many to look at. I would go to a good camera store, see the selection and get some good advice from someone who really know cameras. I bought mine online, but now I have been going to a store in Missoula for everything else. They are very knowledgeable and helpful!


          Comment by montucky — May 22, 2009 @ 1:45 pm

  2. nice, and on a day when I need a new perspective….


    Comment by silken — May 21, 2009 @ 11:53 am

  3. I’ve grown frustrated of late, seemingly unable to get a good focus or exposure on anything. For now I will enjoy your amazing photos.


    Comment by Tabbie — May 21, 2009 @ 4:48 pm

    • I’ve been through periods like that too, Tabbie. It happens every time, not long after I get a new camera. It straightens out with time and effort though.


      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2009 @ 8:18 pm

  4. Wow! What a cool shape and vibrant color. I really like this one. I have never seen it before.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — May 21, 2009 @ 6:53 pm

    • It does look much different than what I’ve always thought of as Larkspur too. I was surprised.


      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2009 @ 8:19 pm

  5. You’re right, Maureen. I’ve never tried to define the attraction, but it’s permanent.


    Comment by montucky — May 21, 2009 @ 8:11 pm

  6. looks like a bit of iris, or orchid,… beautiful!


    Comment by Cedar — May 24, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

    • They have a variety of looks but I had never seen this side to them before. We were on a trip today and they were very plentiful: it was beautiful!


      Comment by montucky — May 24, 2009 @ 10:21 pm

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