Montana Outdoors

February 21, 2010

Buttercup Ridge

On a beautiful sunny day like today it seemed good to pay another visit to my little yellow friend (a Sagebrush Buttercup, Ranunculus glaberrimus) who grows up on Buttercup Ridge. I have been documenting this first blossom of spring since it first appeared as a bud on January 30th, when it began to open on February 4th, opened most of the way on February 7th and was completely open on February 12th.

It is still doing well, and today it looked like this:

Sagebrush Buttercup

and was joined by about a dozen new friends like these:

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush Buttercup

Aren’t the slight variations interesting?

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