Montana Outdoors

May 10, 2011

Now, the Maples

Filed under: Spring, Trees — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:59 pm

Rocky Mountain Maple, Douglas Maple

Rocky Mountain Maple, Douglas Maple ~ Acer glabrum


  1. Superb clarity and vibrant colours and luminosity.


    Comment by stuaato — May 10, 2011 @ 10:32 pm

  2. That looks like a flower that would be easy to miss, but is beautiful up close! I don’t think we have that type of maple here.


    Comment by kateri — May 11, 2011 @ 4:34 am

    • The green petals can easily be missed! This was growing by a creek at the bottom of a very steep slope and as I descended, some of the lower branches were right about at eye level.


      Comment by montucky — May 11, 2011 @ 7:30 am

  3. I have a red maple by my kitchen window that did not do so well last year. I was admiring all of the red flowering blossums this year and hoping that it was healthier, a survivor. Then, I saw them – the tree ruining culprits. There were two squirrels in the tree eating the red buds … they must be sweet.

    Alas, your maple tree looks much healthier than mine.


    Comment by bearyweather — May 11, 2011 @ 6:13 am

    • I haven’t seen squirrels munching on these maples, although they are really after the fir cones now.


      Comment by montucky — May 11, 2011 @ 7:31 am

  4. I love being able to look so closely at nature, especially as it’s emerging into it’s green. Beautiful close-up of a beautiful tree.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — May 11, 2011 @ 6:36 am

  5. A beautiful tree, especially in the fall… =)


    Comment by Tricia — May 11, 2011 @ 7:04 am

    • Yes, very bright in the fall, but pretty except in winter.


      Comment by montucky — May 11, 2011 @ 7:32 am

  6. Beautiful! It looks like it’s wearing jewelry! 🙂


    Comment by Barbara — May 11, 2011 @ 11:41 am

  7. the only thing I know about maples is the syrup!


    Comment by silken — May 11, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    • I don’t think this one would yield syrup, but it has a very nice smell.


      Comment by montucky — May 11, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

  8. Hi Montucky, What a really pretty shot of the Maple! Have the best day today!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — May 11, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

  9. What neat little flowers! I like this tree. And you know what? It grows in New Mexico!


    Comment by sandy — May 11, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

  10. Pretty little flowers on it.


    Comment by Candace — May 11, 2011 @ 7:15 pm

    • They sure are pretty. I would bet that they go un-noticed most of the time because of their colors.


      Comment by montucky — May 11, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

  11. Wow, so much detail in this type of maple. Gorgeous! Now I need to go give my red maple a closer look–it’s just beginning to open tiny leaves.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — May 11, 2011 @ 7:34 pm

    • It may be like this maple when your timing has to be just right to catch it.


      Comment by montucky — May 11, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

  12. Your perspective on nature is delightful!


    Comment by kcjewel — May 11, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

  13. Can you imagine what it would look like at fall with the with it reds, oranges, etc


    Comment by Evangeline Art Photography — May 12, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

    • I will look forward to its colors this fall especially. For the last two years the fall colors here have been far less than usual because of early cold snaps. I hope this year will be better.


      Comment by montucky — May 12, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

      • Yes, this shrubby maple provides some of the ONLY red in Montana’s autumn palette, along with huckleberry brush. And a few introduced sugar maples and red maples in people’s yards.

        BTW, the dead stems that proliferate in this maple also make it quite the fire hazard, and when you trim it back to reduce that hazard, the overpopulated whitetails keep it browsed back to stubs…


        Comment by Kim — May 23, 2011 @ 9:13 am

  14. Awesome photo. You have a magical touch with these nature photos!

    I have heard the name, but not sure if I have seen it when in the States.


    Comment by sartenada — May 12, 2011 @ 11:13 pm

    • Thank you Sartenada! The distribution of this species is limited to the western part of the country.


      Comment by montucky — May 13, 2011 @ 8:24 am

  15. How very lovely and a great close-up shot of the leaves. I haven’t seen a Rocky Mountain Maple tree and definitely different than the variety I have growing in my backyard.


    Comment by Anna — May 13, 2011 @ 6:53 am

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