Montana Outdoors

April 25, 2011

Spring Beauties and Stork’s Bills

Western Spring beauty

Western Spring Beauty ~ Claytonia lanceolata

Western Spring beauty

Redstem Stork's Bill, Common Stork's Bill

Redstem Stork’s Bill, Common Stork’s Bill ~ Erodium cicutarium

Redstem Stork's Bill


  1. So pretty!!


    Comment by mitambien — April 25, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    • Wildflowers have become very special to me and I’m really happy that we have so many species near here. They are little bright spots along the forest trails!


      Comment by montucky — April 25, 2011 @ 10:25 pm

  2. That wildflower book you need to write sure will have plenty of great pictures. Plus, “Spring Beauty” is simply a nice name.


    Comment by knightofswords — April 26, 2011 @ 7:31 am

    • That’s a good old common sense name for a pretty flower that grows right up next to retreating snowbanks.


      Comment by montucky — April 26, 2011 @ 10:05 am

  3. Hi Montucky, Excellent pictures. I like the Stork’s Bill the best. Have a wonderful day today!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — April 26, 2011 @ 8:46 am

    • I was going to take and add another photo of the Stork’s Bill, but today is cold and looks like it will be wet. The flower petals are all furled this morning.


      Comment by montucky — April 26, 2011 @ 10:07 am

  4. Spring Beauty looks as if it’s dipped in a glaze! Gorgeous!
    Plus, I’m a sucker for purple, so the Stork’s Bills are a hit with me!


    Comment by Barbara — April 26, 2011 @ 10:20 am

    • Spring Beauties are about twice the size of the Stork’s Bills which I wish were much larger. So many of the wildflowers here are tiny.


      Comment by montucky — April 26, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

  5. We are supposed to have spring beauties here, but I have never seen one. Should I be looking for a tiny flower?

    Storks Bill is wild geranium, right?

    These are pretty together.


    Comment by sandy — April 26, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

    • Spring Beauties are small, but half an inch to nearly an inch across, and low growing, up to a couple of inches tall. I’ve found them usually growing in bunches, but never wide-spread, so they are absent in many areas. You just have to find a certain place for them. I looked for them for years before I found a few spots where they grow.

      Yes, Stork’s Bill is in the geranium family. I just added another photo of it to show better detail.


      Comment by montucky — April 26, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

  6. I don’t know how I found you but am so glad I did. The photos are amazing and isn’t spring wonderful? autumn/winter here. Few flowers; gray days and cold wind. But we know that this will pass (eventually) and spring will bloom as always.
    Thanks for sharing the photos.


    Comment by judithhb — April 26, 2011 @ 3:49 pm

    • Thank you for visiting, Judith! Yes, spring is a wonderful time of the year, my favorite perhaps, seeing the new life of the plants and wildlife: the attitude of both is so contagious! Our winter was long and hard here this year and spring has been cold and late, but well worth the wait.


      Comment by montucky — April 26, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

  7. I love the variety of wildflowers you show. Spring Beauties are blooming here now, but there’s no sign of Trilliums yet.


    Comment by farmhouse stories — April 26, 2011 @ 7:43 pm

    • Our trilliums are just getting into full bloom right now, at least in one of the areas where I’m used to seeing them every year. Usually by this time nearly a dozen other flowers have begun blooming, but no sign of them yet this year. There are trigger mechanisms that cause their schedules that I don’t understand yet.


      Comment by montucky — April 26, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

  8. Exquisite beauties.


    Comment by Candace — April 26, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

    • They are, aren’t they! I love flowers of all kinds, but the small wildflowers just seem kind of special to me.


      Comment by montucky — April 26, 2011 @ 10:45 pm

  9. Exquisite beauties – for sure!


    Comment by Marcie — April 27, 2011 @ 6:24 am

    • THey are late blooming this year, but that makes them only nicer to see.


      Comment by montucky — April 27, 2011 @ 8:59 am

  10. I believe the stork’s bill shots to be some of your best to-date. Exquisite!!


    Comment by kcjewel — April 27, 2011 @ 6:02 pm

    • Thanks Jewel! They are certainly pretty little flowers.


      Comment by montucky — April 27, 2011 @ 8:58 pm

  11. LOVE those little white with the purple. So precious!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — April 28, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    • Soft and light colors for delicate flowers: nature is a great decorator!


      Comment by montucky — April 29, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

  12. Great shots, really like the visitor hanging out below the last Stork’s Bill. That one with the distant bud, pollen, and insect has depth that keeps my eye involved.


    Comment by Daveabirding — April 28, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

    • I like seeing those little visitors around the flowers too.


      Comment by montucky — April 29, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

  13. What beauties! I love those two last; their color is just to my mind.

    You did again great job when You photographed these to give us plenty of joy.


    Comment by sartenada — April 29, 2011 @ 3:33 am

    • Yes, that is a pleasant color to me too. That is a flower I wish were a little larger.


      Comment by montucky — April 29, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

  14. WOW… lovely images! Especially the top-most Spring Beauty for the iridescence and crisp, clear detail. 🙂


    Comment by Victoria — April 29, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

    • I was afraid that I might have missed the Spring Beauties, but they were just late starting to bloom.


      Comment by montucky — April 29, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

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