Montana Outdoors

September 11, 2010

Pearly & Paints

Yesterday I found these still blooming in the high country about 5 miles southwest of Big Hole lookout, compressing their lives into the short summer season up there.

Pearly everlasting and PaintbrushPearly everlasting and Indian Paintbrush


  1. Delightful contrast in shades and patterns.


    Comment by isathreadsoflife — September 12, 2010 @ 6:07 am

    • Thanks! This was in a draw that had a tiny stream running through it with lots of foliage.


      Comment by montucky — September 12, 2010 @ 9:03 pm

  2. Terry:

    Did you take this photo on the way to Big Hole lookout or on the way back from Big Hole lookout? By the way, how is that dear, old structure doing?



    Comment by Chad — September 12, 2010 @ 7:42 am

    • Hi Chad! I didn’t hike the trail to the lookout that day. I took the old gated road to the west of the trail head and hiked about 6 miles of it: got almost to where I could look over into the Clark Fork Valley when I kind of ran out of time.

      I haven’t visited the lookout this summer yet. When I do, I’ll say “hello” for you! Also haven’t heard any more about plans to renovate the old cabin.


      Comment by montucky — September 12, 2010 @ 9:06 pm

  3. Love this capture! Wonderful deep colors and textures and Pearly everlasting with the deep red Indian Paintbrush in the foreground. Beautiful!


    Comment by Anna — September 12, 2010 @ 8:39 am

    • I liked the combination as soon as I saw it. The paints are very bright for this late in the season.


      Comment by montucky — September 12, 2010 @ 9:08 pm

  4. striking! that paintbrush sure knows how to stand out!


    Comment by silken — September 12, 2010 @ 8:55 am

    • They sure do, Silken. These were a very bright red for some reason. There were many others along the trail but not nearly as colorful.


      Comment by montucky — September 12, 2010 @ 9:09 pm

  5. Hi Montucky, I really enjoy looking at the Indian Paintbrushes! I got to see a few up in Alaska recently. I saw lots when I used to live in East Texas. They are lovely!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — September 12, 2010 @ 9:31 am

    • They are flowers that I’ve been fond of ever since I was a child and I’m glad there are so many growing here. They also grow across a very large area, whereas some of the other wildflowers are found only in a few specific locations.


      Comment by montucky — September 12, 2010 @ 9:11 pm

  6. Beautiful flowers! The colors go together perfectly!


    Comment by Barbara — September 12, 2010 @ 11:19 am

    • Nature sure knows how to make up a flower setting, doesn’t She! This one just jumped out at me!


      Comment by montucky — September 12, 2010 @ 9:12 pm

  7. I can’t believe you posted this today. I got some shots of pearly everlasting up near Rangeley, Maine yesterday, and I have been wondering if you have it out there. I will post my photos tomorrow.


    Comment by Sandy — September 12, 2010 @ 4:28 pm

    • Pearly everlasting is very common and widespread in this area but this year it has not been as pretty as in other years. I was pleased to see this patch doing so well. I’ll look forward to seeing your photos of it in your area!


      Comment by montucky — September 12, 2010 @ 9:13 pm

  8. Nature can conjure up some striking combinations can’t it?! Nice shot.


    Comment by kcjewel — September 12, 2010 @ 9:25 pm

    • It certainly can! There are so many settings like that just waiting for someone to come and see them. (I try my best.)


      Comment by montucky — September 12, 2010 @ 9:34 pm

  9. Love the contrast of whites and reds.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — September 12, 2010 @ 11:06 pm

    • Yes, those paints chose an excellent place to grow; center stage!


      Comment by montucky — September 12, 2010 @ 11:12 pm

  10. “Compressing their lives” is a very descriptive statement. How true. Love that red pop of color!


    Comment by Robin — September 13, 2010 @ 6:27 am

    • There are lots of things going on right now in the higher country. The summer flowers still bloom, but the leaves are starting to turn color; some of the night-time temperatures are below freezing; the sun is still warm, but snow is not that far away. It’s a good time to be outdoors!


      Comment by montucky — September 13, 2010 @ 8:31 am

  11. What a photographic joy this must have given you when you spotted them. Wonder if fall is going to be late like everything else this year has been.


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — September 13, 2010 @ 12:16 pm

    • Yes, a scene like that is a treat to find. Last year we had a spell of sub-zero weather very early that froze the leaves on the trees and it turned out that we had hardly any of the fall colors. I hope this year will be more normal. We are starting to see a few leaves changing and it appears to be that it will.


      Comment by montucky — September 13, 2010 @ 9:07 pm

  12. And they look gorgeous together, complementing each other.


    Comment by Candace — September 13, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

    • As I recall, the pairing of those two is a little unusual, but they do go very well together.


      Comment by montucky — September 13, 2010 @ 9:08 pm

  13. Wow. I think You took a 3D photo! The vision to it is due to the heavy contrast grey and red. Overall: awesome photo.


    Comment by sartenada — September 16, 2010 @ 11:16 pm

    • The scenes that Nature assembles are awesome, aren’t they!


      Comment by montucky — September 16, 2010 @ 11:57 pm

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