Montana Outdoors

June 9, 2009

In a festive mood

These are just beginning to bloom now in the high country. They are tiny and usually ignored, but when you look closely, they seem to have their own little celebration going on. I think this group was celebrating the rain.

Spreading Dogbane

Spreading Dogbane

Spreading Dogbane
Apocynum androsaemifolium
Dogbane family


  1. Very pretty pink and I like the raindrops on them.


    Comment by Candace — June 10, 2009 @ 2:06 am

    • I always love the forest and plants during or after a rain. It emphasizes how vital the rain is to the whole ecology.


      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2009 @ 8:01 am

  2. I do believe they are dancing in the rain! 🙂


    Comment by Cedar — June 10, 2009 @ 4:09 am

    • These little ones, especially. They are just beginning their season this late when the forest is quite dry. I would think that rain this time of year is vital to their cycle.


      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2009 @ 8:03 am

  3. It does look like a celebration! I wish these flowers had a nicer name instead of dogbane. Beautiful photos!


    Comment by Maureen — June 10, 2009 @ 9:15 am

    • Yes, I think whoever named many of the wildflowers could have done much better. These are much prettier than their name!


      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2009 @ 9:09 pm

  4. I don’t remember ever seeing any of these wild-looking wildflowers. I’m guessing dogs really don’t like them.



    Comment by knightofswords — June 10, 2009 @ 9:46 am

    • They aren’t especially noticeable if you don’t look really close. It is toxic for livestock, but I haven’t a clue what a dog might have to do with it.


      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

  5. Oooh, love all those drops on the flowers!!! Great shots!


    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The click — June 10, 2009 @ 11:08 am

    • The photos were taken right after a rain. I love to see the raindrops too!


      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2009 @ 9:12 pm

  6. Beautiful shots. Those are very pretty!


    Comment by 3bdigitalart — June 10, 2009 @ 11:19 am

  7. Wow… such color. I always enjoy the sparkles. They almost look like a bunch of Christmas bows.


    Comment by Preston Surface — June 10, 2009 @ 12:39 pm

  8. How very pretty! I especially like the 1st photo with the cluster of flowers, buds, and raindrops. 🙂


    Comment by Anna Surface — June 10, 2009 @ 1:28 pm

    • I’m always in awe of nature’s flower arrangements. We would be hard pressed to duplicate them I think.


      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2009 @ 9:15 pm

  9. Wow! those are beautiful~


    Comment by Cherry Blossom — June 10, 2009 @ 10:47 pm

    • I think so too. I read that their design really attracts the larger insects.


      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2009 @ 11:02 pm

  10. I am fascinated by the tiny wonders of the world. This is yet another brilliant exposé you have given us of things we might not otherwise have noticed. Beautiful!


    Comment by Tabbie — June 11, 2009 @ 9:01 am

    • I’m fascinated too, Tabbie. I’ve seen these little ones many times but never as closely as the lens takes me. They are gorgeous little creatures!


      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2009 @ 9:39 pm

  11. I love the water, like crystals, magnifying the flower’s details.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — June 11, 2009 @ 7:41 pm

    • I do too, scienceguy. The drops are pretty and the symbolism is important to me.


      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2009 @ 9:39 pm

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