Montana Outdoors

May 31, 2009

Elegant Mariposa Lily

Elegant Mariposa Lily

Northwest Mariposa Lily,
Elegant Cat’s Ear
Calochortus elegans


  1. Elegant for sure,… all white satin, seed pearls for decoration,..and lovely cobalt blue accents on her “gown!” What a lovely flower!


    Comment by Cedar — May 31, 2009 @ 8:50 am

    • Aren’t they lovely? I was struck by the way this one was posing. It seemed to emphasize the “Elegant” in its name.


      Comment by montucky — May 31, 2009 @ 1:30 pm

  2. So elegant, almost looks like an alien life form.


    Comment by rvewong — May 31, 2009 @ 9:25 am

    • They do look so different from most flowers, and this one seemed to have an attitude.


      Comment by montucky — May 31, 2009 @ 1:33 pm

  3. Wow! Beautiful! The colors are sublime.


    Comment by Maureen — May 31, 2009 @ 12:40 pm

    • These are just beginning to bloom now and there are many different variations. I’ll post many more before the next couple of weeks are over. I fell in love with these years ago!


      Comment by montucky — May 31, 2009 @ 1:34 pm

  4. Not only elegant, ethereal and purely awesome.


    Comment by Anna Surface — May 31, 2009 @ 2:01 pm

    • This is a rather different look at one of them, but it really struck me when I saw it.


      Comment by montucky — May 31, 2009 @ 10:06 pm

  5. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s fantastic! You’ve captured it beautifully too.


    Comment by Tabbie — May 31, 2009 @ 9:15 pm

    • I’ve only known these for a few years now, but I really look forward to their appearance every year now. I can’t get over them.


      Comment by montucky — May 31, 2009 @ 10:07 pm

  6. Hi Montucky! I clicked on your link at Surface & Surface Photography to bring me here and I’m glad I did! What beautiful photos you have and Montana seems gorgeous, still pristine without the curse of modern civilization!
    This photo is my favorite so far! Beautiful!


    Comment by 3bdigitalart — June 2, 2009 @ 11:35 am

    • Thank you for the visit and the nice comment, Barbara! There is much beauty in Montana’s remaining wild country, and I try to display images of what I see of it, most of which can not be seen from the roads and highways. I’m very pleased that you have enjoyed seeing some of it!


      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2009 @ 7:46 pm

  7. how awesome! I almost can see a “cat’s eye” in the background! what a mysterious looking photo!


    Comment by silken — June 3, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

    • It does look mysterious at that, but just one pose of these lovely little wildflowers and I was lucky to get it.


      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2009 @ 7:29 pm

  8. how the heck did i miss this? now, i can’t stop looking at it. you outdid yourself on this one!!!


    Comment by kcjewel — June 3, 2009 @ 7:51 pm

    • Thanks, Jewel. I will post more photos a little later of some of the other varieties of which there are many. I kind of liked this shot myself.


      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2009 @ 8:57 pm

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