Montana Outdoors

June 19, 2010


Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , , , — montucky @ 9:30 pm

This evening there were Harebells blooming at Munson Creek and I was able to get a few photos just before the rain started to hit the trail. They seem to be blooming quite early this year.

Common Harebell

Common Harebell

Common HarebellCommon Harebell, Campanula rotundafolia, Bluebells of Scotland


  1. Lovely photos! I had these in wedding bouquet (picked from my garden, along with daisies and roses.) I transplanted some into my new flower beds last fall, but no blooms yet this year.


    Comment by kateri — June 20, 2010 @ 9:29 am

    • They are beautiful little flowers and I see them in lots of places including some high country where I wouldn’t have expected them. Never thought of trying to transplant any to the flower beds.


      Comment by montucky — June 20, 2010 @ 9:43 am

  2. Munson Creek sounds like a wonderful destination, especially when the spring flowers are still there.



    Comment by knightofswords — June 20, 2010 @ 10:09 am

    • It’s a neat place. Lots of flowers, a beautiful little stream and good views from the upper reaches of the trail. It’s also steep enough that not many people go past the first mile or so.


      Comment by montucky — June 20, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

  3. Wow. That first shot is spectacular. I really like the motion and light to dark background.



    Comment by Jeff Lynch — June 20, 2010 @ 10:43 am

    • That was a kind of strange shot. The background is the sun setting through light clouds and I used exposure bias of -1.0 EV to tame it down a bit then flash, compensated at -.7 EV to keep the blossom. Thought it would be worth a try!


      Comment by montucky — June 20, 2010 @ 9:34 pm

  4. That first photo is breathtaking. Glad to hear that it’s been a wet June (like old times).


    Comment by Maureen — June 20, 2010 @ 11:05 am

    • Thanks Maureen. As far as I’m concerned, this month has been a dream. A good amount of rain with a few breaks in between for sunny days. Nights in the 40’s and even the sunny days still in the 70’s. Now it it would stay that way all year!


      Comment by montucky — June 20, 2010 @ 9:36 pm

  5. Very pretty! I’m such a sucker for purple! 🙂


    Comment by Barbara — June 20, 2010 @ 11:47 am

    • I remember that. I bet you would like these flowers because their color varies from plant to plant, from deep color to light and from a dark blue to a rather reddish blue. Their petals are thin enough that a little light behind them changes their appearance as well.


      Comment by montucky — June 20, 2010 @ 9:40 pm

  6. I have something called Bell Flower (Campanula persicifolia ) in my garden that look a lot like this. It isn’t blooming yet, but I consider it one of the prettiest flowers I have started from seed. I’ll bet they are stunning in the wild.


    Comment by sandy — June 20, 2010 @ 11:52 am

    • I’m not familiar with that species, but yes, this one can be stunning and it’s surprising where they can be found, from fairly moist creek canyons (where these were) to very dry but shady hillsides at higher elevations.


      Comment by montucky — June 20, 2010 @ 9:49 pm

  7. Lovely, delicate flower. I really like the dream-like surreal 1st photo.


    Comment by Anna — June 20, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

    • They are very delicate and seem to have their own moods. I like that photo too. I tried several times to get that shot with different setups. There were two others that I also liked, but I thought that one was the nicest.


      Comment by montucky — June 20, 2010 @ 9:53 pm

  8. I haven’t see Harebells for years. Lovely.


    Comment by absurdoldbird — June 20, 2010 @ 7:04 pm

    • I’ve seen them called “Bluebells of Scotland” and so I thought they might grow on your side of the pond also. They are beautiful in our pine and fir forests.


      Comment by montucky — June 20, 2010 @ 9:55 pm

  9. Gorgeous shots, very arty.


    Comment by Candace — June 22, 2010 @ 9:48 pm

  10. Stunning photographs of the little beauties!


    Comment by kcjewel — June 27, 2010 @ 8:33 pm

  11. Nice pictures. I believe the species name ends in an “a” though, not an “o”.


    Comment by Kim Birck — July 8, 2010 @ 11:02 am

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