Montana Outdoors

August 22, 2009

Didn’t see the forest for the trees…

A few days ago while moseying along the river bank in early afternoon I passed a small spring-fed pond that was above the river and nearly hidden by willows, and as I did a small patch of white caught my eye. Upon investigation of the place, I saw that the white came from the three dime-sized petals of a blossom that I somehow had not encountered before, Arumleaf Arrowhead (Sagittaria cuneata), and for a time I enjoyed the process of getting quite wet and muddy photographing another small aquatic plant. Pleased with my discovery and photographs, I then returned home.

Arumleaf arrowhead

Arumleaf arrowhead

Yesterday upon a visit to the same vicinity, the light that was filtered through the morning clouds displayed a whole scene at the pond that I had missed before by focussing only on the small white blossoms of the new plant (which can be barely seen at the water’s edge at the bottom of the photo).

Spring-fed pond

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