Montana Outdoors

May 5, 2011


Small Bluebells


  1. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh. that color……….luscious.


    Comment by Roberta Warshaw — May 5, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

    • I like that shade of blue too. One of the prettiest shades in my opinion.


      Comment by montucky — May 5, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

  2. My favorite color. I wish we had bluebells here. This is so lovely.


    Comment by sandy — May 5, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

    • It’s another flower I like a lot. I guess the Virginia Bluebells don’t get as far north as where you are.


      Comment by montucky — May 5, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

  3. What a deep blue color–nothing like it in Wisconsin. So pretty!


    Comment by Bo Mackison — May 5, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

    • Interesting that they grow only in some locations. I wish I understood more about that.


      Comment by montucky — May 5, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

  4. What a beautiful color!


    Comment by mitambien — May 5, 2011 @ 6:36 pm

  5. I like how you photo’ed them with the dark background. Luscious.


    Comment by Candace — May 5, 2011 @ 6:47 pm

    • The photo was taken in late evening, in a canyon with just enough light to avoid using the flash. f3.8 gave it a very shallow depth of field, but I liked how it turned out.


      Comment by montucky — May 5, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

  6. I also liked the depth of field


    Comment by Evangeline Art Photography — May 5, 2011 @ 7:47 pm

    • Where I photograph, I am seldom able to use a tripod. I got quite a few shots of the bluebells last night, but they were on a hillside so steep that I had to dig toe-holds just to get up to where they were and even then I was losing the light. I tried this shot and was lucky.


      Comment by montucky — May 5, 2011 @ 9:44 pm

  7. Oh, that is a rich blue. Our wild bluebells begin with pink buds that turn a very light shade of blue. I like yours!!


    Comment by kcjewel — May 5, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

    • As I looked through information on bluebells to properly ID these I found it interesting to see so many varieties in different parts of the country. I wish I know more about why that happens.


      Comment by montucky — May 5, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

  8. That’s just sooooooo beautiful. Love the way macro lets us look at flowers.


    Comment by anniespickns — May 5, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

    • I love that too. This lens has become my favorite for that reason. (Flowers and anything else small.)


      Comment by montucky — May 5, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

  9. I really like how the photo turned out, too. What a beautiful blue.


    Comment by kateri — May 5, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

    • I will post a couple other photos of the bluebells, but this one just kind of captivated me. They are such pretty flowers!


      Comment by montucky — May 5, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

  10. Awesome macro. I like blue and this blue is very special. Fantastic photo.


    Comment by sartenada — May 5, 2011 @ 11:44 pm

  11. Wow, wow, wow!!!!!!!


    Comment by Barbara — May 6, 2011 @ 9:17 am

  12. Love those bluebells!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — May 6, 2011 @ 11:28 am

  13. Hi Montucky, I have never seen Bluebell flowers in person that I know of. They seem quite lovely. You took a nice picture. Have a wonderful day and a happy weekend.


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — May 6, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

    • These are Small Bluebells and they grow only in the west, but I see that in Tennessee there are Virginia Bluebells. You might keep your eye out for them. Have a great weekend!


      Comment by montucky — May 6, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

  14. Oh my! Those are gorgeous. I haven’t seen any blue flowers here in Peru – only yellow and pink.


    Comment by Tammy McLeod — May 6, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

    • I’ve been enjoying your photos from there. It’s a different season there now, right?


      Comment by montucky — May 6, 2011 @ 10:25 pm

  15. That’s a beautiful capture… I love the blurred background… Very beautiful!!! =)

    You mentioned yesterday in your comment on my page that I might need more memory… I’d forgotten about that – Last time this happened, a friend said I might need to add more if this was to happen again & now it has… Thank you for reminding me! I just hate to spend the money to do it, because this computer is only 3 years old… why don’t they last longer? =)


    Comment by Tricia — May 7, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    • Computers typically last much longer, but those who engineer software are very sloppy and wasteful of the storage space they use and especially the amount of memory they use in their designs. Also, all of those flashy and animated advertisements that we see on nearly every site use up a huge amount of memory and access bandwidth. Like most everything in America today, we are paying for ridiculous amounts of pure waste.

      My iMac is about the same age as your computer, and had somewhat similar problems, mine especially with my photos. I took it into Best Buy (80 miles away) and found they would charge about $200 to repair it and they were backlogged for 2 weeks. I guesses it was a memory problem and for about $60 I bought a 2GB memory expansion card and installed it myself (a very simple and quick procedure). Completely fixed my problems. I hope your luck will be that good!

      Back in about 1980 I bought a computer system for a company I worked for and some custom software to run on it. The software was extremely slow and had lots of errors: one program took about 16 hours to run. I took a highly compressed course in COBOL language and re-wrote the programs myself, eliminating all of the waste and nonsense. The programs then ran flawlessly and the 16 hour run was shortened to 20 minutes. I have always thought of that as a prime example of the arrogance and carelessness of people who thought they knew more than they did and had other people at the disadvantage of not understanding the technology.


      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2011 @ 8:40 am

  16. Very effective use of d.o.f.
    A great shot.


    Comment by stuaato — May 7, 2011 @ 9:44 pm

  17. Exquisite! the color here!


    Comment by Marcie — May 8, 2011 @ 10:38 am

  18. Amazing and beautiful blue flower I have never seen here. Only during a travel to Texas. A gorgeous photo too !


    Comment by isathreadsoflife — May 8, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

  19. Gee willikers! That’s about the deepest color blue I have ever seen! Just beautiful, and the detail of the flower so intricate. Thanks.


    Comment by Wild_Bill — May 9, 2011 @ 5:22 am

    • They are a wonderful shade of blue. Too, the photo was taken late in the evening when the light was warm.


      Comment by montucky — May 9, 2011 @ 9:13 am

  20. Marvelous shallow DOF… gorgeous bokeh!


    Comment by Victoria — May 9, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    • I liked the DOF of this too. I seem to take a lot of photos in low light and of course without a tripod. Makes for some interesting photos.


      Comment by montucky — May 9, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

  21. Beautiful work Terry i love the color in these !!!!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — May 12, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

    • Yes, isn’t that color something? I love seeing bluebells, no matter which species. I do wish we had the Virginia ones here though.


      Comment by montucky — May 12, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

  22. Beautiful! Very different from what we call Bluebells here!


    Comment by Val — May 16, 2011 @ 4:46 am

    • I’ve seen photos of the ones that you have. They are very different from these and very beautiful too!


      Comment by montucky — May 16, 2011 @ 7:58 am

  23. If these are indeed Mertensia or lungwort, then I’m surprised to see such a uniform shade of blue. Usually there are pink buds mixed in with the bluebells, and I wonder if this is another of those color-shifting flowers, like trillium and Fritilaria?


    Comment by Kim — May 23, 2011 @ 8:31 am

    • I don’t think these are color-shifting. There is some pink with these, but it was faded away pretty much by the depth of field I used. I’ve noticed though that some clusters have more pink than others, and perhaps that could be from the age of the blossoms.


      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

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