Montana Outdoors

May 30, 2009

Yellow Evening-Primrose

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — montucky @ 6:00 am

Tonight may be this pretty flower’s debut for this year, and I was lucky enough to be invited!

Yellow Evening-Primrose

Oenothera villosa
Evening-Primrose family


  1. I really like the evening primrose. This capture, though, makes it appear ‘otherworldly’ or perhaps another world. Montucky, you have a distinct perspective in the way you photograph wildflowers. Your captures are definitely not snapshots. Unique… in what is captured with the close-up, lighting, and details…and a connection with Mother Nature.


    Comment by Anna Surface — May 30, 2009 @ 9:26 am

    • Thank you for your kind words, Anna. I do truly love the beauty in the natural world and I try very hard to capture the essence of what caught my eye and present the image as close as I can to what I saw so that others can also enjoy it.


      Comment by montucky — May 30, 2009 @ 10:25 pm

  2. Well said Anna Surface (comments above)… my camera doesn’t do closeups as well, thinking I need to upgrade to a better one.


    Comment by Cedar — May 30, 2009 @ 2:09 pm

    • When my previous camera quit working, I upgraded to this one and have found it to be a mixed blessing. The camera itself has great capability, but certainly one of the big keys to good photos is the lens. For the wildflowers I bought a macro lens (Nikon calls it a “micro” lens. I thought it quite expensive, but it gives me pretty good ability to take crisp close-ups and as I am learning to use it (it’s not exactly easy to use, but that’s OK), I am liking it a lot. Now, for birds and wildlife I will need another expensive lens. The downsides are clearly the cost (if you’re on a tight budget as I am) and carrying around a number of different lenses, which can be a bother if you photograph as I do as a part of rather extended hikes in the back country.

      I guess I do think that the extra effort is worth it in the long run.


      Comment by montucky — May 30, 2009 @ 10:35 pm

  3. I love the scent.


    Comment by Tabbie — May 30, 2009 @ 11:55 pm

    • You bet! You would like it at our house right now too: we have 5 big lilacs in full bloom.


      Comment by montucky — May 31, 2009 @ 1:26 pm

  4. I also agree with what Anna has said. I really like to catch the Evening Primrose very early in the morning before they close and when laden with dew. Beautiful flowers.


    Comment by edvatza — May 31, 2009 @ 3:10 am

  5. There seems to be much more going on here than meets the lens. I don’t know how you capture all that activity in a single shot.



    Comment by Pinhole — May 31, 2009 @ 7:28 pm

    • It’s just getting its growing season going, Pinhole. Lots of things happening at once!


      Comment by montucky — May 31, 2009 @ 9:57 pm

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