Montana Outdoors

May 19, 2011

Wildflowers of spring (1)

Spring this year in western Montana has been/is anything but usual; very cold, damp, extremely heavy snow up high, and in most cases the wildflowers have been blooming about two weeks later than usual for each species and I have been trying to catch and post as many photos of them as I can. Because they are so small and precious and so often overlooked, yet so intricate, diverse and beautiful it seems that the least I can do is to try to give them a little attention. I’ll try to post a few each day with the date photographed and my best attempts at ID’s until I catch up (or we get the first snow of next winter).

Sticky Currant

Sticky Currant ~ Ribes viscosissimum ~ 4/22

Suksdorf's desert-parsley

Suksdorf’s desert-parsley ~ Lomatium suksdorfii ~ 4/22

Midget phlox

Midget phlox ~ phlox gracilis, Microsteris gracilis ~ 4/23

Early Blue Violet

Early Blue Violet

Early Blue Violet ~ Viola adunca ~ 5/4

Small Bluebells

Small Bluebells, Long-flowered Lungwort, Trumpet Bluebells ~ Mertensia longiflora ~ 5/4

Western Stickseed

Western Stickseed ~ Lappula redowskii ~ 5/5

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22 Comments »

  1. What a lovely collection of photos (macros) of flowers and an animal. Your photos are incredible and lovable. Again I love that photo from Bluebell. It is extremely beautiful in my eyes.

    Thank You.

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    Comment by sartenada — May 19, 2011 @ 11:45 pm

    • Thank you Matti! There are many wildflowers blooming now and I hope to show most of them!

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      Comment by montucky — May 20, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

  2. When visiting in upstate NY last month I noticed that spring was also 2-3 weeks later than usual. Here in the mid-west it was about 1 week later than normal. Thank you so much for what you do, I love the glimpses of wilderness that you bring to us.

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    Comment by Homestead Ramblings — May 20, 2011 @ 6:27 am

    • The weather here and in the northeast seemed to be quite a bit alike this year. I’m so glad that you like to see the things that are very important to me!

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      Comment by montucky — May 20, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

  3. My, you certainly found a lot. They are beautiful!

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    Comment by marysquilt — May 20, 2011 @ 7:44 am

    • There are many more, Mary. I hope I can catch nearly all of them in this area.

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      Comment by montucky — May 20, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

  4. Hi Montucky, I have a lot of wild Violets here in both of my yards. I just love how they look! You have taken great photographs of these wildflowers. Thanks for showing us the beauty of your area. Have a wonderful day!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — May 20, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    • The violets are at their peak here right now. When I go out hiking I see them everywhere and in profusion. I love seeing them!

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      Comment by montucky — May 20, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

  5. You wrote: “I have been trying to catch and post as many photos of them as I can. Because they are so small and precious and so often overlooked, yet so intricate, diverse and beautiful it seems that the least I can do is to try to give them a little attention. ”

    I, for one, greatly appreciate you efforts. Each post adds significantly to that day’s quality for me.

    Thanks you.

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    Comment by Dave at collinda — May 20, 2011 @ 9:04 am

  6. Gorgeous macros – LOVE that bee!

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    Comment by Stacey Dawn — May 20, 2011 @ 11:23 am

    • Thanks Stacey! I love bees: they always get my attention.

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      Comment by montucky — May 20, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

  7. The only one I recognize is the violet. You do wonderful macros.

    Our wildflowers are a bit late, and some not as pretty this year because of this continuous rain.

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    Comment by sandy — May 20, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

    • Thanks Sandy. We have had a rainy spring too, but not rain in volume, just in frequency: actually it has been fairly dry. So far our wildflowers have been late but seem to be larger than in most years.

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      Comment by montucky — May 20, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

  8. All are beautiful, and I especially like the Sticky Currant, Early Blue Violet, and Small Bluebells. These are exceptional macro shots, so crisp and vibrant.

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    Comment by Anna — May 20, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

    • Those are some of the very pretty blossoms. There will be more blooming if I can catch them!

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      Comment by montucky — May 20, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

  9. All beautiful but that electric blue of the bluebells, wow!

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    Comment by Candace — May 20, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

    • Yes, they seem to have a franchise on blue don’t they!

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      Comment by montucky — May 20, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

  10. Oh my… a marvelous collection of images! Each and every one is lovely but the bluebells are my favorite from this set!

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    Comment by Victoria — May 22, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

    • Bluebells are certainly among the prettiest of our wildflowers. Their blooming time however is very short.

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      Comment by montucky — May 22, 2011 @ 8:49 pm

  11. I can’t get over the colour of the bluebells, they almost fluoresce! Wonderful!

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    Comment by Val — May 23, 2011 @ 5:27 pm

    • Yes, they have deep colors: one of the most colorful of all of our wildflowers.

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      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2011 @ 9:09 pm


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