Montana Outdoors

June 7, 2009

A few more blues.

Just had to squeeze in one more Penstemon!

Small-flowered Penstemon

Small-flowered Penstemon
Penstemon procerus
Figwort family

This photo is a week or so old, but these are blooming everywhere around here now.

Arctic lupine

Arctic Lupine
Lupinus arcticus
Pea family

And while on the subject of the pea family,

American Vetch

American Vetch
Vicia Americana
Pea family

(This Hyacinth heard that “blue” was being featured and crept in through the tall grass.)

Wild Hyacinth/grass

The “not a clue what this little blue flower is” flower. Some kind of monkey flower perhaps? Update: I think this may be Ground Ivy, Glechoma Hederacea, in the Mint family.

Monkey flower?

The flagship of the Harebell family,


Harebell, Bluebell of Scotland
Campanula rotundifolia

And last but not least, resplendent with its own blue markings,

Western Tiger Swallowtail-Male

Western Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio rutulus

(I didn’t say they were all flowers!)


  1. Love the psychedelic colors of the Penstemon in the 1st photo. Beautiful! That is a gorgeous butterfly with its colors and patterns! Great nature captures in detail and living color. 🙂


    Comment by Anna Surface — June 8, 2009 @ 6:00 am

    • I love all of the colors too. The Penstemons are abundant now: I’ve never seen so many!


      Comment by montucky — June 8, 2009 @ 8:15 am

  2. Ooooh…that Butterfly! Beautiful!


    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The click — June 8, 2009 @ 6:34 am

    • We usually see these each year, but this year they have been flocking to the lilacs.


      Comment by montucky — June 8, 2009 @ 8:16 am

  3. The american vetch is fetching –
    figwort, peas and harebells oh my! –
    Papilio rutulus is what really caught my eye…..:)


    Comment by Maureen — June 8, 2009 @ 8:33 am

  4. Blue for sure! I especially like that first shot,… looks tropical!


    Comment by Cedar — June 8, 2009 @ 12:20 pm

    • I think tropical fits: that should be somewhere in its name.


      Comment by montucky — June 8, 2009 @ 3:16 pm

  5. Beautiful photos! I agree that the mystery blue flower is likely a Mimulus sp., but I have no idea which – I’ve never seen a blue monkeyflower.


    Comment by Adam R. Paul — June 8, 2009 @ 1:44 pm

    • I looked at most of them but now I think it’s Ground Ivy, in the Mint family.


      Comment by montucky — June 8, 2009 @ 3:42 pm

  6. I’m especially fond of Lupine. Nice batch.



    Comment by knightofswords — June 8, 2009 @ 7:31 pm

    • So am I. Right now they are decorating the mountainsides. So pretty!


      Comment by montucky — June 8, 2009 @ 8:39 pm

  7. The first flower is so colourful! I could stare at that looking for different shades all day.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — June 8, 2009 @ 8:40 pm

    • They have the most variety of colors of any flower I know.


      Comment by montucky — June 8, 2009 @ 9:12 pm

  8. What a wonderful image of the Western Tiger Swallowtail. Fantastic!


    Comment by Tabbie — June 9, 2009 @ 11:23 am

    • I would have preferred a different background, but still appreciated the good chance for a photo.


      Comment by montucky — June 9, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

  9. the american vetch is divine!!


    Comment by kcjewel — June 9, 2009 @ 8:47 pm

    • They are just beginning to bloom now. A little later in the summer they will entirely cover large areas above the river. Very colorful!


      Comment by montucky — June 9, 2009 @ 9:14 pm

  10. love, love, love the blues. can’t decide which is my favorite here.


    Comment by silken — June 11, 2009 @ 2:21 pm

    • There are more blue flowers blooming right now than I’ve ever seen before, especially the Penstemons. They are everywhere and I think of your Bluebonnets when they bloom.


      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2009 @ 9:37 pm

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