Montana Outdoors

May 22, 2010

More than one kind of paint

On May seventeenth these were blooming in the high desert between Page Arizona and Kanab Utah.

Indian paintbrushIndian paintbrush, Castilleja angustifolia

Indian paintbrushIndian paintbrush, Castilleja angustifolia

Indian paintbrushIndian paintbrush, Castilleja angustifolia

By coincidence two days later I found this one in bloom in northwestern Montana:

Indian paintbrushIndian Paintbrush, Common red paintbrush, Castilleja miniata

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  1. Wow – looks like a plant on fire! Gorgeous heat in that red there… and the DOF in the last one is sooo dreamy!

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    Comment by Stacey Dawn — May 22, 2010 @ 11:14 pm

    • The red of the paints really show up doesn’t it! I had not seen them in the desert before and was surprised to find them there.

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      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2010 @ 8:30 am

  2. Is it my imagination or is the Montana flower a softer color? All are lovely, and I am so looking forward to the wildflowers when we move out west.

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    Comment by sandy — May 23, 2010 @ 8:23 am

    • That may be just due to that photo. Here is one from last year.

      I wish I could refer you to a good book on them for that area. The one I use is a big help for identification and understanding of them, but it is only for BC and includes most of this area.

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      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2010 @ 8:36 am

  3. I forgot about that plant, I haven’t seen any in a long time.

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    Comment by Candace — May 23, 2010 @ 10:18 am

    • They are just now starting to bloom here at the low elevations.

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      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

  4. How beautiful these are and well shot images. I especially like the first photo… rustic and beautiful.

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    Comment by Anna Surface — May 23, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

    • They are very photogenic and their color is welcome to any setting. They are one of the first flowers I began to look forward to seeing when I was a child.

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      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2010 @ 8:31 pm

  5. It’s surprising to find Indian Paintbrush in AZ & UT – I associate it with Glacier Park in spring. It is more dramatic in the desert landscape.

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    Comment by Maureen — May 23, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

    • I was surprised to see them there, too. I saw the color at quite a distance but didn’t recognize them until I got close. These in the desert bloom fuller than the ones in Montana.

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      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

  6. They remind me of fireworks. These are much prettier though.

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    Comment by scienceguy288 — May 23, 2010 @ 8:09 pm

    • I see what you mean: they do look like small bursts of fireworks.

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      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2010 @ 8:33 pm

  7. Incredidble flower! I have never seen anything like this when talking about wild flowers.

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    Comment by sartenada — May 23, 2010 @ 11:12 pm

    • They are interesting. The red parts are actually bracts which mostly conceal the tiny, inconspicuous green flowers. They are plentiful in Montana but I had never seen them before in the southwestern desert.

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      Comment by montucky — May 24, 2010 @ 7:30 pm

  8. These are definitely a favorite of mine–even better than Bear Grass.

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    Comment by knightofswords — May 24, 2010 @ 9:36 am

    • I will post more photos of the paints later as their bloom matures in this area. I’ve always thought they were something to be excited about!

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      Comment by montucky — May 24, 2010 @ 7:32 pm

  9. a striking picture in the desert I’m sure. and how fun to find some when you got home too!

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    Comment by silken — May 26, 2010 @ 7:29 am


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