Montana Outdoors

May 25, 2009

Showy Jacob’s Ladder

Showy Jacob's Ladder

Showy Jacob's Ladder

Polemonium pulcherrimum 

Phlox family

(Found at the National Bison Range)


  1. Of all the colors in flowers, I like blue and near-blue the best. More great photographs!

    Happy Memorial Day.



    Comment by knightofswords — May 25, 2009 @ 10:17 am

    • We’re getting into the blues and purples now. I like the deeper colors too.

      I hope you’ve had a pleasant and safe holiday too!


      Comment by montucky — May 25, 2009 @ 8:19 pm

  2. I’ve enjoyed all the wildflowers in your last several posts! Great photography!


    Comment by Lillie — May 25, 2009 @ 10:27 am

  3. The first one,… yes the first one is my favorite. But then again, more of the green leaf shows in the second one. Just got to love them both!


    Comment by Cedar — May 25, 2009 @ 11:19 am

    • That’s the way I get, Cedar. I take too many photos sometimes and have a heck of a time figuring out which ones I’ll use. The flowers are just so pretty!


      Comment by montucky — May 25, 2009 @ 8:21 pm

  4. What I first noticed in these photos was the stem and leaf in the second photo, and the little bud in the first one.. I don’t know why but I jut kept staring… 😉 They remind me of what we in Norway call “Blåveis” it’s called Hepatica in latin and liverleaf (?) in english I think.


    Comment by Camilla — May 25, 2009 @ 11:51 am

    • I think there is a plant like that in the eastern part of the U.S., but this is a different one.

      You have reminded me of something I wonder about a lot: it would be a great study to compare the wildflowers of Europe with those of the North America and examine the similarities!


      Comment by montucky — May 25, 2009 @ 8:28 pm

      • Yeah it would! But a lot of work. I’m guessing that both in Europe and North America you can find a lot of different wild flowers, and the climate is different in the different parts of Europe and North America (?), so you’d have to travel all over the places…. :p


        Comment by Camilla — May 26, 2009 @ 2:47 am

  5. I love this shade of blue Terry, very nice work, great detail in the stamens as well !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — May 25, 2009 @ 1:49 pm

    • Yes, it’s a pretty color. I considered myself very luck to have gotten anything with these. They were growing on a high grassy ridge in the National Bison Range and there was a lot of wind blowing.


      Comment by montucky — May 25, 2009 @ 8:41 pm

  6. Beautiful details, beautiful colors!


    Comment by Tabbie — May 25, 2009 @ 5:55 pm

  7. Great color on that one. Very vibrant. The second shot is very detailed. You can even see the mininscule hairs on the leaves.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — May 25, 2009 @ 7:29 pm

    • I was happy that the light was just right for the photos yesterday.


      Comment by montucky — May 25, 2009 @ 8:43 pm

  8. Showy indeed! Your photos get better and better!


    Comment by Maureen — May 25, 2009 @ 8:02 pm

    • Thank you Maureen! I’m beginning to learn how this camera thinks.


      Comment by montucky — May 25, 2009 @ 8:45 pm

  9. showy is an understatement! you must live in wildflower heaven!


    Comment by kcjewel — May 25, 2009 @ 9:12 pm

    • This area has a lot of different growing conditions and so we do get a huge variety of plant life. These flowers were growing in a very arid, nearly desert, area which gets lots of sun. Today I found several different wildflowers in an area about 50 miles away that is on the north slope of some very steep mountains where the plant life hardly ever sees the sun, but get lots of precipitation. In fact, I drove through over a foot of snow in one of the bends of the road.


      Comment by montucky — May 25, 2009 @ 9:39 pm

  10. Love this. I don’t think I have Jacob’s Ladder in my area. If you have a photo of the entire plant, would you consider posting it? I love to see what the whole thing looks like whenever possible. Sometimes flowers are so hard to ID if you only see the flower.

    It’s got a really great color. Are they common in your neck of the woods?


    Comment by Bo — May 26, 2009 @ 12:56 pm

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