Montana Outdoors

May 26, 2009


Small-flowered Penstemon

(Bring on the clowns!)


  1. How can it be? Such richness, such color? Yes, bring on the clowns.


    Comment by Maureen — May 26, 2009 @ 8:46 pm

    • Isn’t that a crazy look? It’s just a close-up of one of the blossoms of a Penstemon. I think of the tiny insects who live in that kind of world.


      Comment by montucky — May 26, 2009 @ 9:09 pm

  2. What an incredibly interesting array of colors. Yes, clowns do come to mind. 🙂


    Comment by Lillie — May 26, 2009 @ 10:16 pm

    • When I uploaded today’s shots onto the ‘puter and saw this one full sized, it immediately came to mind that this is for the children.


      Comment by montucky — May 26, 2009 @ 10:22 pm

  3. Wild!!


    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to the click — May 27, 2009 @ 12:24 am

  4. I definitely see a face! Perhaps an old man with a big nose and a wild beard? The colors in that shot are amazing!


    Comment by Cedar — May 27, 2009 @ 4:15 am

    • I saw him too, Cedar. Mother Nature used most of her colors on these.


      Comment by montucky — May 27, 2009 @ 8:09 am

  5. Candy colors.. :p


    Comment by Camilla — May 27, 2009 @ 11:09 am

  6. Fantastic colors!


    Comment by SuzieQ — May 27, 2009 @ 12:01 pm

    • I love these blossoms, but I’ll never understand why the total barrage of color.


      Comment by montucky — May 27, 2009 @ 9:40 pm

  7. WOW! WOW! The image is wonderfully detailed but the colors are truly unbelievable! Need some cool 60s acid rock to accompany that flower!


    Comment by edvatza — May 27, 2009 @ 8:01 pm

  8. Your photos just keep getting better. What is the common name of this guy! Absolutely phenomenal colours.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — May 27, 2009 @ 9:10 pm

    • It’s called “Small-flowered Penstemon”. I could never get a good shot of it last year although I tried several times. Now I know why.


      Comment by montucky — May 27, 2009 @ 9:44 pm

  9. Holy smokes I know it’s natural but because of the wild colors it looks like you worked on it.


    Comment by rvewong — May 27, 2009 @ 9:34 pm

    • It looks to me like a child with a wild imagination had a coloring session. It seems pleasant and even cheerful though.


      Comment by montucky — May 27, 2009 @ 9:48 pm

  10. That is the most interesting and wicked looking flower. LOL Perhaps all flowers have faces, and this one revealed itself. The colors are just about psychedelic. That is a drama flower. How small is this flower? Great close-up and details. 🙂


    Comment by Anna Surface — May 28, 2009 @ 5:29 am

    • This is a very tight close-up of just one blossom and some buds. Each bloom is about a quarter of an inch across. They grow on a stalk that is about a foot and a half tall and loaded with them.


      Comment by montucky — May 28, 2009 @ 8:56 am

  11. Whoa, those are some bright colors. Bring on the clowns? No kidding! Tiny flowers like that have every reason to shout at us with their colors–often it’s the only way to get noticed!


    Comment by Bo — May 28, 2009 @ 5:22 pm

    • These have enough blossoms on each stalk that they can be easily seen, but it takes a close-up to see all the different colors. I thought of kids and clowns right away when I saw the photo.


      Comment by montucky — May 28, 2009 @ 6:01 pm

  12. absolutely amazing photo! the color and detail are indeed amazing!!


    Comment by silken — May 28, 2009 @ 6:44 pm

    • There’s an amazing world of things out there that just need a closer look. I’m often very pleasantly surprised.


      Comment by montucky — May 28, 2009 @ 9:56 pm

  13. I love the stripes!


    Comment by Tabbie — May 29, 2009 @ 8:01 pm

    • I do too. It’s like they are trying to make something consistent out of the whole thing.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2009 @ 9:49 pm

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