Montana Outdoors

May 22, 2011

Wildflowers of spring (3)


Fairyslipper ~ Calypso Bulbosa 5/10

Pink Trillium

Pink Trillium 5/10

Large-flower Tritelia, Douglas Brodiaea

Large-flower Tritelia, Douglas Brodiaea

Large-flower Tritelia, Douglas Brodiaea ~ Triteleia grandiflora 5/16

Western Groundsel

Western Groundsel ~ Senecio integerrimus 5/16

Field Pussytoes

Field Pussytoes ~ Antennaria neglecta 5/16

Saskatoon (Serviceberry)

Saskatoon 5/16


  1. What a treat!


    Comment by mitambien — May 22, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

    • Yes. its’ quite a treat to see them. Now there seem to be a few new ones in bloom each time I go out. I keep hoping that I won’t miss any.


      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2011 @ 8:27 am

  2. The wildflower photos you’ve been posting are amazing. I’ve never seen a Fairyslipper before, it’s just beautiful. Your blog is a lovely way to learn the wildflowers of Montana!


    Comment by farmhouse stories — May 22, 2011 @ 10:01 pm

    • That’s probably the most ornate of our wildflowers. It’s a tiny orchid and well worth looking for.


      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2011 @ 8:28 am

  3. The Fairyslipper is breathtaking. Do any of these flowers have a scent?


    Comment by anniespickns — May 23, 2011 @ 6:49 am

    • Many, like the Fairyslipper do. It’s one of the few orchids that we have here. Some blossoms like those of the Saskatoon put a scent in the air much as most flowering trees do. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell what is producing the great smells because there are so many in bloom.


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

  4. What a lovely way to begin a Monday morning, gazing at your collection of wildflowers. So love the tiny trillium surrounded by the huge leaves!


    Comment by Bo Mackison — May 23, 2011 @ 6:51 am

    • The collections keeps growing, Bo! Every day a few more. Yesterday I was looking at some yellow violets along a trail when they led my eyes to some Morels and I was able to pick enough for several meals. Nice bonus!


      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2011 @ 8:33 am

  5. Another fabulous collection! You have such an ability to capture these delicate colorful sprites.


    Comment by Tammy McLeod — May 23, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    • Thanks Tammy. I really love wildflowers and try to capture the aspects of them that attracts my attention in the first place. I think with these pretty little things showing them in their most natural settings is the best way of all.


      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2011 @ 8:36 am

  6. Pretty flowers – wow – you are good with the names of those flowers!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — May 23, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    • I try my best to identify the flowers and I have several very good resources. In spite of that, I’m sure that I’m not always correct.


      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

  7. Wow! What great captures these are! Colorful, crisp, and detailed. I especially like the 3rd photo, Large-flower Tritelia, with the raindrops.


    Comment by Anna — May 23, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    • Thanks Anna! The tritelia has lots of moods as it goes through its maturation cycle. I love seeing them and this spring I was pleased to see that some are blooming on the hill beside our driveway.


      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

  8. Hi Montucky, Nifty pictures of these wildlflowers! I like the delicate “Pussy-toes” quite well. Thanks for showing these beauties! Have an excellent day!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — May 23, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

    • There is another variety of the pussy toes that blooms a little later and is even prettier because it has pink on it too.


      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

  9. Absolutely magnificent and magical ! This is an enchanting wild world you live in, montucky :)The Fairyslipper is the Venusslipper in French, same beauty.


    Comment by isathreadsoflife — May 23, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    • All of these live wild in or very near to the National Forests where the land has been relatively undisturbed. I think that is why they have so much appeal for me. They are tiny examples of what our world used to look like, what much of it still should look like.


      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

  10. Exquisite bursts of beautiful blooms. the color!


    Comment by Marcie — May 23, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

    • Yes, the colors and shapes, scents… Nature knows how to throw a party!


      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

  11. I’ve never seen any of these and your photographs of them are excellent. I love the pink trillium… didn’t know they came in pink!


    Comment by kcjewel — May 23, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

    • These trilliums are white when they bud and white when in full bloom. As they mature, they turn pink.


      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2011 @ 10:01 pm

  12. Those Fairlyslippers are so aptly named. And the Field Pussytoes, how unusual. Such a huge number of wildflowers, I’m glad you are not overlooking them so we can see them.


    Comment by Candace — May 23, 2011 @ 11:08 pm

    • Well, so far so good. There are still dozens yet to bloom (or be found). They are late this year, but seem to be larger than usual and with some species much more abundant.


      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

  13. The purple Fairyslipper is like some kind of alien. But quite beautiful too.


    Comment by stuaato — May 24, 2011 @ 7:46 am

    • It is a very unusual flower in appearance and also in what it takes to grow, a specific type of fungi in the soil.


      Comment by montucky — May 24, 2011 @ 8:44 am

  14. All wonderful photos but the fairy slipper shot is unbelievable! Thank you.


    Comment by Wild_Bill — May 24, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

  15. Love your series of wild flower posts. Many of the flowers are familar to me, some are not. I would love to visit Montana someday and see them for myself… You live in such a beautiful place!


    Comment by kateri — May 25, 2011 @ 4:44 am

  16. I was surprised to see the last photo named Saskatoon, as that common name isn’t very common in my part of Montana. It is more likely called “Serviceberry” around here, and other common names I’ve heard are Juneberry and Shadbush. Amelanchier alnifolia is the scientific name.
    The common names have interesting origins, some are more obvious than others: Juneberry has berries in June, Shadbush because the shad are running when it blooms, and the most interesting: Serviceberry because when it blooms, the ground is finally thawed enough for graves to be dug for the corpses stored during the winter to have their burial “service”.


    Comment by Kim — May 25, 2011 @ 11:51 am

    • I’ve always heard it called “Serviceberry” (SARvisberry) around here too, but in B.C. they use Saskatoon and I kind of like that. THe Burke Museum also calls them “Saskatoon serviceberry”.


      Comment by montucky — May 25, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

  17. What photos, what macros!!!

    I enjoyed all Your photos.

    Quite many unknown here. Calypso Bulbosa is here. Amelanchier alnifolia is not, but others belonging to the same species yes.

    You have done great job when photographing all these.

    Once more, thank You, telling Latin names. This makes it so easy to see from Wikipedia if the flower is in Finland or not.


    Comment by sartenada — May 27, 2011 @ 12:17 am

    • I’m glad that you have Calypso there! It’s such a beautiful little blossom!


      Comment by montucky — May 27, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

  18. You’ve been busy since my last visit! I love, love, love the Fairyslipper and Tritelia images… all your flowers are beautiful but those two are particularly stunning!!!


    Comment by Victoria — May 30, 2011 @ 6:10 am

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