Montana Outdoors

May 31, 2011

Wildflowers of spring (7)

 Smallflower Miterwort

Smallflower Miterwort, Side-flowered Mitrewort, Cross-shaped Mitrewort ~ Mitella stauropetala 5/27

Wild Strawberry

Wild Strawberry ~ Fragaria virginiana 5/23

Bitter Cherry

Bitter Cherry ~ Prunus emarginata 5/23

False Solomon's Seal

False Solomon’s Seal ~ Smilacina racemosa 5/25

Prickly Currant

Prickly Currant, Bristly Black Gooseberry, Swamp Gooseberry, Swamp Currant ~ Ribes lacustre 5/25

Leaf jewel

Leaf jewel



  1. What an amaing row of flowers…and the leaf jewel – stunning!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — May 31, 2011 @ 11:36 pm

    • There’s always something of beauty out there, isn’t there!


      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2011 @ 12:14 am

  2. Wow! Pretty spectacular..


    Comment by mitambien — June 1, 2011 @ 12:55 am

    • They are pretty now and lots more are still yet to come.


      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2011 @ 8:58 am

  3. well the first one looks like something sewn into a wedding dress and the last one looks like it belongs on a wedding ring ;o)


    Comment by Sandy — June 1, 2011 @ 5:44 am

  4. Great Photography!!


    Comment by Jim — June 1, 2011 @ 6:45 am

  5. The beauty of your work is a reflection of the enjoyment it brings to you. And, from what I see you are enjoying it immensely. I am too!


    Comment by anniespickns — June 1, 2011 @ 6:57 am

    • Yes, I really enjoy seeing the wildflowers in bloom. It’s a challenge to catch the beauty that I see in them.


      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2011 @ 9:04 am

  6. Hi Montucky, The first and last are the most lovely of your pictures today. We have wild strawberries here where I live and even have a few in my backyard. Of course, I am growing several plastic pots full of domesticated strawberries, too! Have a super nice day!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 1, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    • I think wild strawberries are pretty wide-spread. I remember them in northern Arizona too. The Robins love them!


      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

  7. Wow! The first one really caught my eye! The black background does wonders! 😀
    I had wild strawberries on my land in Arkansas– pretty little flowers.
    The others I’m not familiar with.


    Comment by Barbara — June 1, 2011 @ 11:30 am

    • The Mitrewort is so tiny that it’s often overlooked. At first glance it appears as a tall strand of dried grass. Wild strawberries are all over the place now, but no berries yet.


      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

  8. I have never seen anything like that miterwort. It looks like a piece of embroidery.

    If what I think is false solomons seal here, why doesn’t it have flowers now?

    You have lots of nice flowers today.


    Comment by sandy — June 1, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

    • There are several plants that have similar leaves. These just began to bloom here, so maybe yours will be later.


      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

  9. Everyday is an exciting adventure for you isn’t it? Thankfully you share with us! Mitrewort is very beautiful and I’ve never seen it before.


    Comment by kcjewel — June 1, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

    • Well, every day when I can get out into the forest is. The Mitrewort would be hugely popular in gardens if it were much larger. I think it mostly goes un-noticed because of its size.


      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

  10. I’d love to know how you got the black background for the miterwort.


    Comment by jomegat — June 1, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

    • That’s called a serendipity. When I encountered the flower the light was beginning to fail (it was in a deep canyon among tall cedars) and so I used the flash, setting the flash compensation at -.7EV so it wouldn’t blow out the white of the blossoms. That gave about the right exposure for the blossoms but not enough flash to light much behind it. I touched up the white balance slightly in iPhoto to get the total black. The settings were: aperture-priority, 1/60 sec., f/18, ISO 100 -.3 EV exposure compensation, -.7 EV flash compensation, spot exposure, single area focus, lots of luck.


      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

  11. My internet is being really slow tonight–but it was the perfect way to view the photo of the Smallflower Miterwort…the photo kept unfurling with the strand of blossoms looking like strand of jewels. That is one stunning pnoto–and even more so given how small the flowers are.


    Comment by kateri — June 1, 2011 @ 10:21 pm

    • That would be a good way to show the photo, if it could be controlled! They really are pretty blossoms, aren’t they!


      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

  12. Holy Moly! That first shot is a show-stopper!!


    Comment by burstmode — June 2, 2011 @ 6:43 am

    • That’s the best I’ve ever been able to do with that flower. The individual blossoms are only about an eighth of an inch across and it’s too short to be able to use a tripod.


      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2011 @ 11:53 am

  13. Wow oh Wow! Amazing shots! I love the photos of the Smallflower Miterwort and Leaf Jewel. Serendipity with the Miterwort? Well, also skill on your part with the flow of serendipity. That is an amazing capture and well done, Montucky.


    Comment by Anna — June 2, 2011 @ 6:57 am

    • I was fascinated at how that leaf managed to catch and hold the drop of water. The mitrewort has fascinated me for years. It’s too bad it isn;t a larger plant!


      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2011 @ 11:54 am

  14. ooooohhh, wow! that first picture is amazing! the leaf jewel is fun too


    Comment by silken — June 2, 2011 @ 8:25 am

  15. The leaf jewel looks like a diamond.


    Comment by Preston — June 2, 2011 @ 9:26 am

  16. Some of those are so unusual they don’t even look real: the mitrewort, the bitter cherry. So pretty but so different.


    Comment by Candace — June 2, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

    • I know. And so many species. This evening I ran across a flower that I have never seen before. What a pleasure!


      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

  17. What a lovely collection of beautiful flowers. Many of them are not in Finland. Our wild strawberry is Fragaria vesca.


    Comment by sartenada — June 2, 2011 @ 10:40 pm

    • Actually, I have been surprised at how many of the same ones you have there. As I look at the distribution of the varieties that we have, so many are quite local, only in a region or a few states. Surprisingly, although I don’t have good hard data to support this observation, I seem to see a distribution along north/south orientation, when I would think it would be more the other way around. In other words, the distribution is farther north and south than it is east and west.


      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

  18. Thus far the miterwort shot is my favorite of all your photographs, and that is saying a lot!


    Comment by Wild_Bill — June 4, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

    • Pretty little blossoms, aren’t they! They are so small though that it takes some form of magnification to really see them well.


      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

  19. Just wondering, Montucky, how many shots you capture for each perfect image you share with us? Hasn’t digital photography revolutionized – and democratized – photography?

    Love the mitrewort. They’re so hard to see in detail with the naked eye – I need macro eyeglasses!


    Comment by Kim — June 4, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

    • I probably delete about 10% of what I shoot and post about 29% of what I keep. (I have posted 3,756 photos out of 13,000 in my library.) This kind of volume would be cost and time prohibitive shooting film.

      Many wildflowers are so small that to really see them well requires some kind of magnification. They really came alive for me when I acquired the close-up lens and figured out how to use it.


      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

  20. Such beauty you captured there! Your macros are a real delight to look at. This first picture is just enchanting.


    Comment by isathreadsoflife — June 5, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

    • Thanks Isa! There are so many beautiful wildflowers here and I think they should be seen and appreciated. I love to photograph them. There have been many species just beginning to bloom in the last week or so and I have photos of about two dozen that I haven’t posted yet. It’s a wonderful time of year here!


      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

  21. Love the Mitrewort. An amazing string of blossoms that would make for a lovely necklace!


    Comment by Victoria — June 13, 2011 @ 12:04 pm

  22. Beautiful!

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    Comment by luisa zambrotta — May 23, 2019 @ 3:20 am

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