Montana Outdoors

April 21, 2010

Bells

This evening along the trail there were bells; Bluebells and Fairybells.

Bluebells

Long-flower Bluebells, Mertensia longiflora

Fairybells

Rough-fruited Fairybells, Disporum trachycarpum

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  1. oooh – I like the way those blue bells are hanging. Very pretty Terry!

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    Comment by Stacey Dawn — April 21, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

    • These are the early blooms of each of these. I’m hoping for many more. Later I’ll hike much further into the canyon.

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      Comment by montucky — April 21, 2010 @ 11:26 pm

  2. Beautiful, beautiful shots Terry! 🙂

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    Comment by Barbara — April 22, 2010 @ 11:39 am

  3. These look so fragile and wonderful… I think these shots are very, very good!

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    Comment by Camilla — April 22, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

    • I think that’s why I love wildflowers so much. They appear vulnerable, but they’re much tougher than they look.

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      Comment by montucky — April 22, 2010 @ 9:25 pm

  4. The Bluebells are so lovely and just delightful to look at!

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    Comment by Anna Surface — April 22, 2010 @ 4:06 pm

    • These were the first I’ve seen this year. I ran into more today at another location though. I love finding them, although you would have laughed at my photo efforts: the hill they were on was so steep that when I first lay down to get a shot I dug my toes in but slid down out of range before I could get a shot. The third time I tried I was able to shoot.

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      Comment by montucky — April 22, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

  5. Luscious blue on the bluebells.

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    Comment by Candace — April 22, 2010 @ 10:30 pm

    • They do have an attractive shade of blue, don’t they!

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      Comment by montucky — April 23, 2010 @ 7:56 am

  6. i’ve never seen either of these… the fairies did good!!

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    Comment by kcjewel — April 22, 2010 @ 11:08 pm

    • The fairybells are quite shy. They grow in brush and tall grass where they’re sheltered and not easily seen. THe white on the tiny flowers gives them away.

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      Comment by montucky — April 23, 2010 @ 7:57 am

  7. Wow, how beautiful flowers they are. I have not seen them ever. Especially the Long-flower Bluebell is to my mind. Thank You that I could take a look at them through Your photos.

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    Comment by sartenada — April 23, 2010 @ 2:41 am

    • These have opposite strategies. The bluebells like an open area with full sun, while the fairybells like the protection of low bushes and tall grass in the forest. Interestingly, they both bloom at about the same time.

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      Comment by montucky — April 23, 2010 @ 8:00 am

  8. Now, that is a true blue flower. We only have harebells here, and they don’t look anything like that one.

    Have not heard of fairybells, either.

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    Comment by sandy — April 23, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

    • We also have Harebells, but I haven’t seen any in bloom yet.

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      Comment by montucky — April 23, 2010 @ 7:02 pm


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