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


  1. Such lush green!! And those little white petals…I want to reach out and feel their softness!


    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — August 22, 2009 @ 12:26 pm

  2. Such iridescent, pearly petals! Unusually beautiful wildflowers. That pond is gorgeous and lush!


    Comment by Anna Surface — August 22, 2009 @ 1:21 pm

    • It turned out to be a delightful place and one that’s hardly noticed by passers by.


      Comment by montucky — August 23, 2009 @ 7:17 pm

  3. I could spend an entire day at a pond exploring! Beautiful photos!


    Comment by Maureen — August 22, 2009 @ 3:58 pm

    • This is a pretty tiny pond, but worth spending some time. Good trout fishing within about 50 yards too!


      Comment by montucky — August 23, 2009 @ 7:18 pm

  4. Fabulous pics! We have arrowhead in SD too, I finally found it this year on some ponds out around the farm/ranch communities.


    Comment by Jann — August 22, 2009 @ 9:27 pm

    • Thanks Jann. I guess it’s a fairly common plant but somehow I had never seen it before.


      Comment by montucky — August 23, 2009 @ 7:19 pm

  5. What grand photos and colors! I thought the plant’s petals had been given some sort of treatment by you, but I looked at the enlarged photos and determined they have a translucent “orange peel” texture naturally. A dainty little spider web across the top petal in the top photo caught my eye and has caught some pollen. Exquisite.

    The light play on the pond also pleases me. Yes, I see the little blossoms there too.

    Good job. Great shots.


    Comment by Iona — August 22, 2009 @ 10:06 pm

    • The texture of the petals is natural, but emphasized a bit by the use of flash. I liked that little strand of web too. A reminder, I think, if the interrelationship in nature.

      The pond scene was a moment when the light was just right: when the sun came out and brightened everything up, the colors just weren’t the same.


      Comment by montucky — August 23, 2009 @ 7:22 pm

  6. seems as if right now I can’t see the forest for the trees in my life…but none of it is this beautiful


    Comment by silken — August 23, 2009 @ 3:29 pm

    • I know what you mean, silken. I remember well those times when our kids were growing up and I was working long hours. The good news: we all survived!


      Comment by montucky — August 23, 2009 @ 7:13 pm

  7. thanks montucky. I am needing that kind of good news lately. I am not sure we are going to all survive…somedays I think we’ll kill each other!


    Comment by silken — August 23, 2009 @ 9:19 pm

    • Kids testing the limits of the window. From what I know of your family, those kids have the background they need to pull through with flying colors!


      Comment by montucky — August 23, 2009 @ 9:41 pm

  8. Wow, what a lush green. It’s so cool that you continually come across new things in your daily wanderings. It’s a big ‘ol world out there.


    Comment by Candace — August 24, 2009 @ 8:43 am

    • It seems there is always something new as the seasons change or simply as the light conditions change. The trick of course is to be out there often.


      Comment by montucky — August 24, 2009 @ 8:23 pm

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