Montana Outdoors

July 25, 2009

Great northern aster

Great Northern Aster

Giant mountain aster,
Few flowered aster,
Great northern aster,
Canadanthus modestus


  1. WOW! Beautiful capture!


    Comment by Maureen — July 25, 2009 @ 7:55 pm

    • As you know, we’re in our hot and dry time of the year and the asters and daisies seem to like that. With all of the purple around, I nearly just passed this one by, but upon looking closer, I found it was a different species than the others that I had photographed earlier. I don’t know what the “giant” and “great” in its name is about, because it’s really not very big. Has a pretty home though, close by the water in Lynch Creek.


      Comment by montucky — July 25, 2009 @ 8:28 pm

  2. Love that simple composition and the little strand of a spider web!


    Comment by Stacey — July 25, 2009 @ 10:05 pm

    • I was struck by that strand of web too. It is a very powerful reminder of the vital interdependence of the natural world.


      Comment by montucky — July 25, 2009 @ 10:46 pm

  3. oh wow, look at that!!! perfectly focused, great color and off the chart detail = one of your best!!


    Comment by kcjewel — July 26, 2009 @ 6:58 am

  4. Great shot! Beautiful detail!!


    Comment by 3bdigitalart — July 26, 2009 @ 9:07 am

  5. Gorgeous! How giant is it?


    Comment by Candace — July 26, 2009 @ 12:58 pm

    • It’s small. I have no idea where the “giant” part of the name came from. I’ve not seen these around before this year: maybe they are a subspecies.


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

  6. That is one super image, Terry. Great color. Great detail. And beautiful, complementary background. That could have made a nice vertical image as well. Did you shoot any that way?


    Comment by edvatza — July 27, 2009 @ 2:57 am

    • I hate to admit it, but this shot was almost an afterthought and I only shot the one frame of the bud. I took several of the fully open ones which were down in some very tall grasses, but I liked this one best. Maybe some day I’ll learn.


      Comment by montucky — July 27, 2009 @ 9:29 am

  7. This site has made me use up all my descriptive adjectives! I guess I could use a bit of “short hand” and simply stamp “ditto” on each and every one of your posts! 😀

    Great job. Outstanding colors. But of course, you only captured it. 😀


    Comment by Iona — July 27, 2009 @ 10:31 pm

    • Thank you, Iona. It’s another beautiful piece of nature. Sometimes I just wander around in amazement at the beauty that’s out there.


      Comment by montucky — July 27, 2009 @ 11:32 pm

  8. One of your best, like the background blur, it sets up the subject.


    Comment by rvewong — July 28, 2009 @ 9:18 am

    • Thanks, rvewong. That lens has a very shallow depth of field and blurs the background, but I like that most of the time.


      Comment by montucky — July 28, 2009 @ 8:44 pm

  9. Wonderful detail and color in this Terry, sometimes an unopened flower can be as beautiful as one in all its glory, well done !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — July 28, 2009 @ 4:48 pm

    • Thanks Bernie. I like the buds and brand new blossoms. Somehow they are very special to me.


      Comment by montucky — July 28, 2009 @ 8:45 pm

  10. Love how the purple seems to clasp the yellow.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — August 2, 2009 @ 12:54 pm

    • It is a pretty little thing, isn’t it! Seems that the only optimism I have any more is in the beauty of the flowers.


      Comment by montucky — August 2, 2009 @ 8:07 pm

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