Montana Outdoors

February 3, 2010

Oregon Grape; then and now

Oregon Grape in April (April 20, 2009)

Oregon Grape(February 3, 2010)



  1. Very colorful and pretty in both its incarnations. You’d never know it was the same plant (well, you would 🙂 ).


    Comment by Candace — February 4, 2010 @ 1:50 am

    • It took a bit to put the blossoms and the holly-looking leaves together.


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2010 @ 9:24 am

  2. Always look at the bright side of life. Only 2 1/2 months until April 20, 2010! And guess what? Something to look forward to!


    Comment by edvatza — February 4, 2010 @ 9:38 am

    • Yes, I’m really looking forward to wildflower season. Then I’m like a little kid looking for Easter eggs.


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2010 @ 11:03 am

  3. Beautiful contrasts! I really like the bright red leaves poking out of the crystal snow. I am truly tired of winter and so looking forward to spring!


    Comment by Anna Surface — February 4, 2010 @ 10:34 am

    • There was quite a bit of the Oregon grape leaves on a ridge top in the sun and these were especially colorful. I’ve always like the red leaves.


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2010 @ 11:04 am

  4. The Oregon Grape is a colorful fellow no matter the time of year. I miss green but there’s still a lot of fun to find before Spring!


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — February 4, 2010 @ 10:43 am

    • I’m looking forward to the change of seasons, but somewhat sad because we missed most of the beauty of snow this winter. Right now I’m trying to figure out a good time to take a short snowshoe venture into Glacier Park before all of the snow melts. Probably just into the areas on the west side of Lake McDonald.


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2010 @ 11:07 am

  5. A colorful plant for all seasons.



    Comment by knightofswords — February 4, 2010 @ 10:49 am

    • It is that. I appreciate the way it decorates the open areas and covers quite a wide range of altitudes.


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2010 @ 11:08 am

  6. I love the two pictures next to each other. The red in the snow looks even more vibrant then if it wasn’t against the snow.


    Comment by Maggie — February 4, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

    • Maggie, if I had my wits about me when I posted this I would have included a photo of the fruit too.


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2010 @ 7:42 pm

  7. Even the contrasting snow you found looked like it had been out in the sun for a while. Oh well, there are still a few potential snow months left.


    Comment by DaveABirding — February 4, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

    • The snow there was only about 6 inches deep, having melted down from quite a bit more. A year ago I needed snowshoes to get to that spot. Yes, luckily there is still time to add to the snowpack.


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2010 @ 7:44 pm

  8. Terry! Isn’t it great there is a natural process where plants have their own appeal regardless of the season? This is really striking. Lovely plant in its winter paint. I have discovered with our recent snow (the first time attention has really been paid since now I have a digital camera) the snow is such a contrast anything of bright color – but especially red – can’t help but “pop”! Nice find and contrast to the then and now.


    Comment by Iona — February 4, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

    • Yes, snow makes for very pretty contrasts. I don’t know if this plant is classified as an evergreen, but it does have green leaves all year long. For some reason that I don’t fully understand, some of them turn red as well. It’s an interesting plant!


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2010 @ 7:47 pm

  9. You sure know your botany. I would never have known it was the same plant. Really like how the red leaves show up in the snow.


    Comment by victry1 — February 4, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

    • For some reason this has been a sort of “marker” plant for me ever since I was a kid. Possibly because the berries are the sourest thing I’ve ever tasted and that made a lasting impression.


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2010 @ 7:49 pm

  10. oh I much prefer the april shot! 🙂


    Comment by silken — February 4, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

  11. Am I crazy? Think I prefer the now shot actually. You have some great photos here, very glad I found your blog!


    Comment by Jessica S. — February 21, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

    • I like the snow shot too, Jessica, but at the same time I’m sure looking forward to the blossoms again! Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment!


      Comment by montucky — February 21, 2010 @ 4:09 pm

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