Montana Outdoors

April 23, 2011

Trillium buds

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 12:05 am

As far as I’m concerned, with trilliums no number of photos is ever enough.

Trillium bud

Trillium bud

Trillium bud

Trillium bud

Trillium bud


  1. I agree with you. I especially like the third photo. The petals almost look transparent.


    Comment by kateri — April 23, 2011 @ 5:07 am

    • That one was still wet from a little snow that had fallen on it during the night.


      Comment by montucky — April 23, 2011 @ 8:48 am

  2. These are photo poetry!


    Comment by Tammy McLeod — April 23, 2011 @ 8:45 am

  3. I love stopping by to visit your beautiful flowers of Spring.


    Comment by bearyweather — April 23, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    • Thank you! I spend as much time as I possibly can in the forests and have developed a deep love for the wildflowers. They are both beautiful and amazing, and I’m glad that you enjoy seeing them!


      Comment by montucky — April 23, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

  4. Exquisite beauty and detail. I’m with you – you can’t have enough trilliums!


    Comment by Marcie — April 23, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    • I see them frequently throughout the spring as they bloom at different times at different elevations. I always have to stop a look closely at them, they are so pretty!


      Comment by montucky — April 23, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

  5. I agree, too. Your photos are lovely. Ours are not even up yet.

    Happy Easter to you and your family.


    Comment by sandy — April 23, 2011 @ 11:33 am

    • I’ve only seen them in bloom in this one location so far. For some reason they are earlier there.

      Happy Easter to you and your family too!


      Comment by montucky — April 23, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

  6. Oh love these trillium still wrapped in the plant. Beautifully done. My favorite flower of spring by far! You are so right–can never see too many of them.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — April 23, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

    • Thanks Bo. They are the ones I most look forward to seeing. Part of that is because of where they grow here: their bloom also signals the time when at least the lower end of the forest trails are open.


      Comment by montucky — April 23, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

  7. I just posted a note about a Glacier Park wildflowers book. I think you have more than enough great photographs here to do your own NW Montana wildflowers book.


    Comment by knightofswords — April 23, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

    • I will have to take a look at that book. Yes, I have a lot of wildflower photos, but I’m far from having the scientific knowledge of them to do a creditable job with a book about them. It would be fun to do with a real botanist though!


      Comment by montucky — April 23, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

  8. I agree… never enough of this beautiful flower… the last two in the series are my favorites!


    Comment by Victoria — April 23, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

    • I always finish spring with a hundred new trillium photos. The buds have an endless number of different expressions. On the day I took these, there were only buds, none in full bloom. Today was very warm and tomorrow will be as well. I must return to that spot on the next dry day and get some shots of them in full bloom (as though I needed more trillium photos!).


      Comment by montucky — April 23, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

  9. Hi Montucky, Gee, your close-ups are wonderful and sharp. Have a fine evening and a super nice Sunday.


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — April 23, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

  10. Spectacular shots. I especially like the depth of field in the first, third and fourth images. It really draws the eye. The fourth image is incredible and calls for a 20 x 16 print my friend.

    Great work indeed.


    Comment by Jeff Lynch — April 23, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

    • Thanks Jeff! Trilliums are just so much fun to photograph, and I also enjoy the challenge of shooting them in their natural setting. They are very photogenic! I may have some prints made of the trilliums. I’ve only had a few prints made so far. Some were of the little Pigmy owl, and those turned out gret!


      Comment by montucky — April 23, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

  11. Those flowers are just poised to pop, aren’t they? You can almost feel them struggling to escape the clasping leaves…


    Comment by Kim — April 23, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

    • Yes, they were ready, waiting for a warm day, which might have been today, although it’s still cold in their location, just below the snow line and in the canyon.


      Comment by montucky — April 23, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

  12. Yes, I agree with you, Terry. These are beautiful!


    Comment by Val Erde — April 24, 2011 @ 6:02 pm

    • They are also plentiful, in this area at least, and some will be in bloom during the next month or so.


      Comment by montucky — April 24, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

  13. Pure… that’s all…


    Comment by kcjewel — April 24, 2011 @ 6:37 pm

  14. Awesome macros, so dainty and elegant.


    Comment by Candace — April 24, 2011 @ 8:49 pm

    • Thanks Candace. The buds have a beauty of their own and different from that of the full blossom.


      Comment by montucky — April 24, 2011 @ 8:58 pm

  15. Beautiful and magical. I love the third photo. 🙂


    Comment by Anna — April 25, 2011 @ 8:46 am

    • I liked the water droplet on the petal. There are so many different looks to the buds that it’s fun to photograph them.


      Comment by montucky — April 25, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

  16. Some wildflowers are more than just a flower. Apart from their beauty, they may also mean “Spring is finally here” or “This is where summer begins” etc. and I agree with you – one can’t get too many photos of them.


    Comment by Staffan H — April 25, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    • This isn’t the earliest of our wildflowers, but when it blooms it does mean than spring is finally here. I also think it is one of the prettiest.


      Comment by montucky — April 25, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

  17. Great set of photos from Trillium. I agree with You with the first sentence of this post!


    Comment by sartenada — April 29, 2011 @ 3:42 am

    • Trilliums hold my attention far longer than any other flower. They have such a simple elegance about them.


      Comment by montucky — April 29, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

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