Montana Outdoors

March 26, 2011


Filed under: Flowers — Tags: — montucky @ 7:22 pm





  1. What? Where? No way!


    Comment by Patia — March 26, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

    • These are in a flower bed along the west side or our house where they get full sun. They finally achieved full bloom today.


      Comment by montucky — March 26, 2011 @ 7:53 pm

      • I have a west-facing bed that gets full afternoon sunlight. The green crocus leaves have just barely started to poke through. I know I used to live there, but I can’t believe how much warmer it is up there in the Banana Belt than Missoula.


        Comment by Patia — March 27, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

        • These are actually on the west side of our house: I had that wrong.

          We are nearly a thousand feet lower than Missoula and more sheltered by the mountains. When I was a kid I lived in Missoula but came out here often and even then noticed quite a difference.


          Comment by montucky — March 27, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

  2. Gorgeous!!!


    Comment by mitambien — March 26, 2011 @ 8:03 pm

    • They sure are pretty, aren’t they! What a great way to greet the new spring!


      Comment by montucky — March 26, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

  3. I like the color them.


    Comment by mike — March 26, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

  4. Oh my gosh, look at the clarity of the center of both shots… very very nice! =) Supremely beautiful! =))) =)


    Comment by Tricia — March 26, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

    • Thanks Tricia! That has become my favorite lens, especially during wildflower season!


      Comment by montucky — March 26, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

  5. Those are very pretty. My yellow ones have been blooming for over a week, but the purple and white crocus haven’t opened yet.


    Comment by kateri — March 26, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

    • We should have many more coming up, but they are in areas that are more shaded. (Or the deer ate them.)


      Comment by montucky — March 26, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

  6. gorgeous color


    Comment by silken — March 26, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

  7. Great capture! Beautiful! Love you, Dad! xoxo


    Comment by Juls — March 26, 2011 @ 10:09 pm

  8. Well worth the wait, too.
    It couldn’t be more beautiful.

    We have a bunch of daffodils next to the bulkhead, at the back of the house that might burst into bloom in a week.


    Comment by sandy — March 27, 2011 @ 6:41 am

    • Your plants are still ahead of ours. Our daffodils are coming out of the ground but they are still a long tome away from blooming.


      Comment by montucky — March 27, 2011 @ 9:02 am

  9. It’s crocus time!!! Yay!!!


    Comment by Bo Mackison — March 27, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    • Sure is good to see them again! I consider them to be a milepost on the road to spring.


      Comment by montucky — March 27, 2011 @ 9:03 am

  10. Hi Montucky, Isn’t it wonderful? I know you’ll agree it is. The pictures of the lovely flower are great. Brightened my very foggy day here. It is so foggy that I can’t see the opposite shore of the lake. Have a great day & enjoy your flowers!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — March 27, 2011 @ 8:30 am

    • Here we had some rain during the night and when I arose this morning it was (and still is) snowing. I’m not too sure I like the La Nina weather pattern!


      Comment by montucky — March 27, 2011 @ 9:05 am

  11. Absolutely gorgeous!!!


    Comment by Barbara — March 27, 2011 @ 11:46 am

    • Thanks Barbara! They are nice blossoms with which to begin spring!


      Comment by montucky — March 27, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

  12. Oh my! That a feast for the eyes as so beautiful! LOL I liked the first comment with answer. Wouldn’t I like to see this where I live. 🙂


    Comment by Anna — March 27, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

    • They really are a feast for the eyes after the cold white winter! Their color is so fitting for the abrupt contrast.


      Comment by montucky — March 27, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

  13. Yea for you Terry! Those are gorgeous! Love the shadow in the first one. Enjoy!!!!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — March 27, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

    • They looked so nice yesterday: last night it snowed again though and they stayed furled today. Spring here is a day-to-day thing.


      Comment by montucky — March 27, 2011 @ 6:58 pm

  14. Stunning macros… both are truly lovely and inspired me to go looking for Crocus images of mine that I hadn’t posted yet! We had warm weather during the Crocus blooming season and ours are all done now… I think it’s nice when the cool night temperatures (or even a bit of snow) make the blooms last longer!


    Comment by Victoria — March 28, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    • They are very photogenic blossoms. I’d like to see your images.


      Comment by montucky — March 28, 2011 @ 8:11 pm

  15. I have crocuses just like that. Today the few buds brave enough to poke through the frozen bark in the beds are still tightly furled. At 500 feet ABOVE Missoula, we are way behind you. But there’s so much to look forward to in the next weeks and months. We’ve survived another winter! (Almost)


    Comment by Kim — March 28, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

    • That would put you about a 1300 feet higher than here, so your plants would be later. I live between Plains and Thompson Falls, which is often called the “banana belt”. this has been an unusual winter, I guess because of the La Nina weather pattern. After the long drought that we were in, I won’t complain!


      Comment by montucky — March 28, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

  16. That color is so beautiful!


    Comment by Candace — March 30, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

    • It’s a real contrast to the drab colors of winter. I find it a bit strange though because the first wildflowers to bloom are always the yellows and the purples come much later.


      Comment by montucky — March 30, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

  17. Beautiful, really. Well, let us wait one month here or less. It is so difficult to guess, because in our garden we have yet snow from 20 inches to 24 inches depending the place.


    Comment by sartenada — March 31, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

    • Oh my, that’s still a lot of snow! Perhaps though, this time of year it will melt fast.


      Comment by montucky — March 31, 2011 @ 11:19 pm

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