Montana Outdoors

April 24, 2011

Two wildflowers and, well…

Shepherd's Purse

Shepherd’s Purse ~ Capsella bursa-pastoris

Oregon Grape, Hollyleaved Barberry

Oregon Grape, Hollyleaved Barberry ~  Mahonia aquifolium





  1. So very nice!! Thank you!


    Comment by mitambien — April 24, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

  2. Exquisite pictures ! Those Oregon grapes are so beautiful !


    Comment by isathreadsoflife — April 25, 2011 @ 1:51 am

    • There are lots of them here and now that they are blooming there are little splashes of yellow all over. I like both the blosoms and the holly-like leaves.


      Comment by montucky — April 25, 2011 @ 8:31 am

  3. Exquisite beauty. And – I too – have been wowed by the first green appearing in a sea of winter brown!


    Comment by Marcie — April 25, 2011 @ 5:36 am

    • Of all the places for that to grow! I liked the contrast.


      Comment by montucky — April 25, 2011 @ 8:32 am

  4. So nice to see spring blooming, especially through your lens! Thanks!


    Comment by Wild_Bill — April 25, 2011 @ 6:06 am

    • I love the wildflowers so much that I get a little carried away with photos of them. I am fascinated at the new ones I see each year after thinking I had seen them all!


      Comment by montucky — April 25, 2011 @ 8:34 am

  5. Such a nice look at the blooms of Mahonia. If you hadn’t labeled the picture I might have never guessed that one. Is the emerging green on “well” cattail? Just love these Spring pictures. Keep em comming!


    Comment by anniespickns — April 25, 2011 @ 6:54 am

    • The Mahonia photo was taken at pretty close range! I don’t think the green in the water is a cattail. It’s in a spring fed pond just above the river, and there are no other cattails around. I will have to check it periodically to see what it is. There is a big frog living in that little pond too and I have been trying for some time to get a shot at him.


      Comment by montucky — April 25, 2011 @ 8:37 am

  6. Hi Montucky, That brilliant yellow Oregon Grape is lovely! Have a fantastic day!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — April 25, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    • It has a similar color to the daffodils and each little blossom even has a bit of the same pattern. Pretty spring color anyway!


      Comment by montucky — April 25, 2011 @ 8:39 am

      • I noted the similarity to the daffodil ,too, and never would have guessed the identity of the blooms, they looked so large and lush in your close-up, when in reality they are very little. I never took time to look at them more closely. Now I see what I was missing!


        Comment by Kim — April 27, 2011 @ 10:30 pm

        • So many of the wildflowers are small when compared to the cultivated ones. I enjoy domestic flowers too, but the tiny wild ones completely captivate me.


          Comment by montucky — April 27, 2011 @ 11:54 pm

  7. I really like the Oregon Grape… my your area has a nice selection of wildflowers. Just love the last photo in the reflections and simplicity.


    Comment by Anna — April 25, 2011 @ 8:48 am

    • Yes, we have a lot of wildflower species here. they have just begun to show up for this year.


      Comment by montucky — April 25, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

  8. Well, I really like it


    Comment by Tammy McLeod — April 25, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    • Kind of strange, I know, but something attracted me to it.


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

  9. The yellow blossoms are perfect for Easter. Be sure to tell us what the reeds turn out to be.


    Comment by sandy — April 25, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

    • The Mahonia was in time for Easter, but our jonquils weren’t. I’ll watch that plant: I will return to the pond to try for a shot at the frog who lives there.


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

  10. I love these series of photos you have posted. They are simply stunning.


    Comment by Staffan H — April 25, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

  11. That is a great photo of the shepherd’s purse. I often have a hard time getting good macros of tiny flowers. I noticed them blooming in my garden today as well.


    Comment by kateri — April 25, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

    • The tiny ones are difficult. I seem to be having a little better luck with them this year.


      Comment by montucky — April 25, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

      • The shepherds purse looks very similar to what I was calling rock cress or Arabis sp.
        Here’s a link to an image of a cultivated Arabis:

        The flowers are similar to your Shepherd’ Purse, but the foliage and stalk are nothing like your Shepherd’s purse. But the “Arabis” in my yard is not bushy like the one in the foto. (Need to do more investigating – when my flowers catch up to your!)


        Comment by Kim — April 27, 2011 @ 10:34 pm

  12. Wow. The last photo showed that life is continuing after winter.

    Capsella bursa-pastoris can be found here generally.

    Mahonia aquifolium. That we had many years in our small garden, but my wife was tired of it, because it increased too much.

    These were lovely photos.


    Comment by sartenada — April 29, 2011 @ 3:39 am

    • There are some areas here where mahonia covers fairly large areas, but the competition from the other plants keeps it under control. I can see how it would tend to take over in a domestic setting.


      Comment by montucky — April 29, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

  13. I’m having a hard time keeping up with you… so many lovely posts! Your Oregon Grape flowers are magnificent… marvelous detail and color! The Shepherd’s Purse detail is beautiful as is the image composition and “Well” is lovely in its simplicity!


    Comment by Victoria — April 29, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

    • Thanks Tory! This is a great time to be out and about in western Montana! The wildflowers are blooming much later than usual, but they are still blooming.


      Comment by montucky — April 29, 2011 @ 7:23 pm

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