Montana Outdoors

February 28, 2010

Winter clematis

Filed under: Flowers, Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 4:21 pm

The leaves and vine are brown and soon the bright green of new life will begin to show. For now though I still enjoy the delicate beauty of the old seed head.

Winter clematis


  1. Lovely. My mom’s bridal bouquet contained clematis seed heads (along with milkweed pods and sumac berries). They were married in late November and even though they had a Catholic Church wedding, it was very “down to earth” with my dad wearing patched blue jeans and my mom wearing a quilted skirt. 🙂 On their anniversary each year my dad still picks her a winter bouquet containing clematis seed heads.


    Comment by kateri — February 28, 2010 @ 6:59 pm

    • That bridal bouquet which came from the unique beauty of the season was clearly one of natural beauty and a very special bouquet indeed! That is such a nice story! Personally I think the seed head of the clematis is every bit as beautiful as the blossom itself.


      Comment by montucky — February 28, 2010 @ 7:42 pm

  2. Beautiful image Terry, you captured all the lovely detail, well done !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — February 28, 2010 @ 8:57 pm

    • Thanks Bernie. It’s interesting to see how much in nature that seems to be there simply for beauty’s sake.


      Comment by montucky — February 28, 2010 @ 9:08 pm

  3. Interesting things, aren’t they?


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — February 28, 2010 @ 10:45 pm

    • They sure are. This is a domestic plant. I will have to look for some wild ones if there is anything left to them.


      Comment by montucky — March 1, 2010 @ 12:18 am

  4. so beautiful


    Comment by simple-hide — February 28, 2010 @ 11:02 pm

  5. Isn’t it wonderful how nature can look beautiful in the different seasons? This delicate shot is exquisite. Love how the camera captured the drama in the way it is built and those glistening colors. Really beautiful!!


    Comment by Iona — February 28, 2010 @ 11:44 pm

    • Yes, it’s remarkable! The new leaves, the vine, the blossoms and then the seed head. Quite a progression and something new all the way through the seasons. I am more and more struck by the thought (and appreciation) that so much of nature is involved with beauty, even apart from function. When I think about that it it points to something truly wonderful.


      Comment by montucky — March 1, 2010 @ 12:23 am

  6. That was interesting to see, that Clematis in winter. Really nice capture.

    Clematis is here hard let grow. We have hade six and last summer only one. This summer maybe the last one is died?

    Well, I am waiting to see more photos from this Clematis when there is summer.


    Comment by sartenada — March 1, 2010 @ 12:26 am

    • They seem to grow well here. This one is about 6 years old now and well established. There are many wild ones around too, of different species. Here is what their seed heads look like. This photo was taken in late fall. Here is what they look like in bloom.


      Comment by montucky — March 1, 2010 @ 9:58 am

  7. you are right, so beautiful just as it is now.


    Comment by Cedar — March 1, 2010 @ 12:16 pm

  8. This shot makes the seed head look like a work of art! Wonderful!


    Comment by Barbara — March 1, 2010 @ 12:43 pm

    • It does look as though it is just for show. Many times nature amazes me with things like that.


      Comment by montucky — March 1, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

  9. I marvel at the utilitarian delicacy of it.



    Comment by knightofswords — March 1, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

    • Delicacy at the very end of its life, an interesting twist.


      Comment by montucky — March 1, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

  10. Lovely and yet very interesting to look at for an old seed head. 🙂


    Comment by Anna — March 1, 2010 @ 4:40 pm

  11. I too love seed heads – they are so unique, delicate, intricate.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — March 2, 2010 @ 10:54 am

    • They are! Easy to miss though, but worth taking a closer look.


      Comment by montucky — March 2, 2010 @ 9:35 pm

  12. Terry, What I enjoy about your blog is the seasonality. How I love watching the progression of nature in your backyard (and by that I mean W. Montana!) Lovely image of a seed head.


    Comment by Maureen — March 2, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

    • I guess I like the seasonality too. My blog is really just a photographic chronicle of my wanderings, and those wanderings are so important to me that I want to take folks along on them. The progression of nature, no matter how many time I’ve see it is still dramatic and just plain awesome.


      Comment by montucky — March 2, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

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