Montana Outdoors

July 28, 2009

White campion

White campion

White campion

White campion,
Bladder campion,
Silene latifolia

Found along USFS trail 368 to Big Hole Lookout in western Montana’s Cabinet Mountains. The white-on-white blossoms are interesting.


  1. Amazing how close-up photography brings out the details and texture. I like the papery, glittery texture of this flower’s petals. Flowers are truly wondrous plants.


    Comment by Anna Surface — July 29, 2009 @ 7:16 am

    • It really does, Anna. This spring and summer I have really been enjoying a closer look at the wildflowers and, as luck will have it, this has been a great year for the flowers. They are truly wondrous.


      Comment by montucky — July 29, 2009 @ 6:22 pm

  2. Beautiful. We have lots of these on our new property. I love them.


    Comment by Kateri — July 29, 2009 @ 7:56 pm

    • That’s good, Kateri! They are really pretty and cheerful!


      Comment by montucky — July 29, 2009 @ 9:26 pm

  3. How stunning!! Absolutely gorgeous! So delicate. And thriving at this time of the year too. It must be really hot there now.

    What size is this flower? We cannot always tell from the shot how large any given flower is. It would help for us to visualize if we had a way of knowing their size.


    Comment by Iona — July 30, 2009 @ 1:23 am

    • We’ve had a few days approaching a hundred and there are more in the forecast coming up. The coast has been hit really hard with the Seattle area in the hundreds and you know how rare that is!

      I’ll try to remember to give some size perspective on the flowers: thanks for reminding me. This blossom is about the size of a nickel.


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2009 @ 10:14 pm

  4. One gets a sense of deep forest with the dark background.


    Comment by Candace — July 30, 2009 @ 3:11 am

    • That is a heavily forested area, Candace. Some pretty big acreage below the start of the trail was logged long ago but it’s old forest from the trail head to the lookout.


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2009 @ 10:17 pm

  5. Hey Terry,

    Nice composition and excellent detail. I do think I would would have liked to see the whites brought up a little more. These look a bit too gray to my old eyes. Maybe after a visit to the eye doctor next week, I’ll see things in a different light!


    Comment by edvatza — July 30, 2009 @ 12:38 pm

    • I agree, Ed. I don’t have much for post processing tools though. I think I could have gotten a better image too if I had a tripod along, but I didn’t take one because of the weight.


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2009 @ 10:21 pm

  6. Campions provide a lot of wonderful sparkle amongst the green plants along a trail. I like the close-up detail of the photo.



    Comment by knightofswords — July 30, 2009 @ 2:50 pm

    • Yes, they are a very pleasant flower. I especially like the all-white blossom.


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2009 @ 10:22 pm

  7. Love the detail. We have white campion, but they are bladder campion. I like this flower and it’s fun to photograph.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — July 30, 2009 @ 7:40 pm

    • It might be the same flower Bo. The book I use most for wildflower identification uses both names “White campion” and “Bladder campion” for this one and USDA Plants calls it simply “Bladder campion”.


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2009 @ 10:26 pm

  8. This flower didn’t really impress me thus it was hard to respond. I did discover an interesting fact about it from wikipedia: It is also named the Grave Flower or Flower of the Dead in parts of England as they are seen often growing on gravesites and around tombstones.
    Nice close-up though 🙂


    Comment by Maureen — August 1, 2009 @ 10:25 am

    • That’s something interesting that I didn’t know about them! I agree it’s rather plain and yet I really like the white-on white of the blossom and that fact that they are blooming when most other flowers are gone. I gather that they are quite common.


      Comment by montucky — August 1, 2009 @ 9:39 pm

  9. Beautiful image Terry, the lighting and detail are great in this, well done !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — August 1, 2009 @ 7:08 pm

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