Montana Outdoors

September 7, 2009

A bright blue berry

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 7:55 pm

This single large bright metallic-blue berry at the end of August

Queen's Cup fruit

was the result of this Queen’s Cup blossom in early June.

Queen's cup

Who’d a thunk it?

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  1. Beautiful! I remember I asked you earlier in the year to get a photo of this unusual berry! Great close-up!

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    Comment by Maureen — September 7, 2009 @ 8:12 pm

    • When I saw the berries on a hike along Munson Creek I immediately remembered your comment. The berries are really something, aren’t they! I still can’t believe that I saw them for the first time this year!

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      Comment by montucky — September 7, 2009 @ 8:17 pm

      • Isn’t it great there are still some “firsts” later in life? 🙂

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        Comment by Maureen — September 8, 2009 @ 6:20 pm

        • It sure is! There have been lots of them this summer.

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          Comment by montucky — September 8, 2009 @ 8:47 pm

  2. First off, how many years have you been photographing wildflowers?

    Is thia a fruit or a seed pod? Then what happens to the berry (seed pod?). Does it spit and spew forth seeds, or does it dry out and shed seeds only where it might find itself? Or might the birds or bears eat it and deposit the seeds where ever they will. Is this only one large seed or does it contain many? I know, I know. Lots of questions. But inquiring minds want to know. 😀

    Yes, who woudda thunk? Nice light and beautiful colors. Terrific capture.

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    Comment by Iona — September 7, 2009 @ 10:14 pm

    • I’ve only been photographing wildflowers the last two summers. This year I was able to upgrade my camera and have concentrated a little more on the flowers and it has been a bountiful year for them too!

      My favorite book on wildflowers in this area calls the berry a “fruit”, and the plant has only a single one. I have not taken one apart to see how many seeds are in it. I’ve read that grouse eat them berries and one of the northwest Indian tribes used them to make blue dye. If I find more before winter I’ll take one apart and see what kind of seed structure it has. Also try eating one, although I don’t think they are considered tasty.

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      Comment by montucky — September 8, 2009 @ 8:54 pm

  3. Gorgeous blue berry… and pretty flower!

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    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — September 7, 2009 @ 11:06 pm

    • They are really pretty with bright green leaves and pure white blossoms. My book says they are easily grown in woodland gardens in this area too.

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      Comment by montucky — September 8, 2009 @ 8:55 pm

  4. Flowers are absolutely fascinating.

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    Comment by burstmode — September 8, 2009 @ 7:25 am

    • They sure are! The huge variety of wildflowers in just this area is mind boggling.

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      Comment by montucky — September 8, 2009 @ 8:57 pm

  5. That is one bright blue berry! How beautiful on its own against the green. Excellent shot… really. 🙂

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    Comment by Anna Surface — September 8, 2009 @ 10:38 am

    • The whole plant displays very vivid colors, with the bright green leaves and white blossoms. The berries are quite large, nearly the size of a pie cherry.

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      Comment by montucky — September 8, 2009 @ 8:58 pm

  6. lovely! sometimes life does surprise us, right?

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    Comment by Cedar — September 8, 2009 @ 6:13 pm

    • Often! It’s one of the wonderful things about spending time in the back country. Lots of surprises!

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      Comment by montucky — September 8, 2009 @ 8:59 pm

  7. That’s pretty cool. The flower is really pretty, too.

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    Comment by kateri — September 8, 2009 @ 7:26 pm

    • I really fell for them the minute I saw them and that was a complete surprise. Now I know where and when to look!

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      Comment by montucky — September 8, 2009 @ 9:01 pm

  8. Yeah, you’d never uess the relationship between the flower and the fruit, would you? It really does look metallic.

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    Comment by Candace — September 8, 2009 @ 8:48 pm

    • No, you wouldn’t expect the two to be tied together and there is quite a time lapse between the blossoms and the fruit.

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      Comment by montucky — September 8, 2009 @ 9:02 pm

  9. very nice! I’d never have known! 🙂

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    Comment by silken — September 12, 2009 @ 2:51 pm

    • It might take forever to put all of the blossoms with their fruit.

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      Comment by montucky — September 12, 2009 @ 9:34 pm


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