Montana Outdoors

June 6, 2011

Wildflowers of spring (8)

With a few warm days recently and plenty of rain the wildflower blooms are coming rapidly now, as though they are trying to catch up to the season. I’m still trying to post to document them but feel like I’m losing ground.

Yellow Corabells, Fuzzy Emera

Yellow Corabells, Fuzzy Emera ~ Elera racemosa 5/29

Common Sheep Sorrel

Common Sheep Sorrel ~ Rumex acetosella 5/29

Common Dogmustard

Common Dogmustard ~ Erucastrum gallicum 5/29

Suksdorf's desert-parsley

Suksdorf’s desert-parsley ~ Lomatium suksdorfii 5/29


Chokecherry ~ Prunus virginiana 5/29

Siberian Springbeauty

Siberian Springbeauty

Siberian Springbeauty ~ Claytonia sibirica 5/29



  1. That’s an impressive shot of the sheep sorrel, as I know those flowers are very tiny. I may have to attempt to duplicate it, but I don’t think I’ll be able to touch your shot. Nice!


    Comment by jomegat — June 6, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

    • They are really tiny! I’m not entirely happy with that shot and will try again some time. They are quite pretty.


      Comment by montucky — June 6, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

  2. Bingo! I think you have one of my unknown bushes … Chokecherry … it looks just like my picture, don’t you think?

    A have never seen any of the other flowers, but that Siberian Spring beauty is a beauty.


    Comment by bearyweather — June 6, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

    • “Unknownbush1”? I kind of thought that, but wasn’t sure.

      The Springbeauties are very early flowers here and have long since stopped blooming at the lower elevations. These are now blooming next to snow banks above 5000 feet. I think they are very pretty little flowers!


      Comment by montucky — June 6, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

  3. The desert parsley looks like fireworks. Quite beautiful.


    Comment by stuaato — June 6, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

    • It’s quite pretty, especially with its rather ornate leaves.


      Comment by montucky — June 6, 2011 @ 9:37 pm

  4. I always look forward to your wildflowers in the spring/summer, and you never disappoint.


    Comment by Lillie — June 6, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

    • Thanks Lillie! I love finding them and photographing them and am getting a little better at identifying them. I’m always astonished at the number of different ones!


      Comment by montucky — June 6, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

  5. Wow, I have never looked that closely at sheep sorrel flowers. I had no idea they looked like that. They are blooming here now and I will have to look at them closely. (I pulled some in the garden this evening.) I’m really impressed by that photo!


    Comment by kateri — June 6, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

    • I hadn’t looked closely at them before either, not even recognizing the blossoms. Very tiny!


      Comment by montucky — June 6, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

  6. I love the pearly leaves on the Siberian Spring Beauty. I must try to render that in polymer clay:)


    Comment by Roberta Warshaw — June 7, 2011 @ 6:05 am

  7. Hi Montucky, Today my favorite is the Chokecherry. Wonderful pictures! Have a super nice day!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 7, 2011 @ 8:51 am

    • Chokecherry blossoms are always popular with me because they are pretty but also because they rimind me of how good chokecherry jelly will be!


      Comment by montucky — June 7, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

  8. Pretty yellows. I don’t recognize many of these “Westerners”, but love seeing them. Is that a spider on the parsley?


    Comment by sandy — June 7, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

    • Most of these are rather obscure plants. I saw that on the parsley, but I don’t think it’s a spider.


      Comment by montucky — June 7, 2011 @ 9:44 pm

  9. All beautiful and I especially like Suksdorf’s desert-parsley and Chokecherry.


    Comment by Anna Surface — June 7, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

    • Those two are very common. There are lots of chokecherries around us here and they are all blooming.


      Comment by montucky — June 7, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

  10. 5/29 was a very good day!


    Comment by kcjewel — June 7, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

  11. btw… that pink pollen is amazing. wonder how ms. nature knows what color to make the pollen?


    Comment by kcjewel — June 7, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

    • Some days when I go out there are new blossoms everywhere I look: on other days, only a few. Today I didn’t go far and only encountered one new bloom but I brought back over 20 shots of it; white lady slipper!

      I have no idea why the pollen color varies on those flowers. Interesting though!


      Comment by montucky — June 7, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

  12. I was going to say the desert parsley looks like fireworks, too, but someone beat me to it. Very pretty and the chokecherry, too.


    Comment by Candace — June 8, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

    • I’ve notices there are several plants that have that starburst look to the blossom heads.


      Comment by montucky — June 8, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

  13. I am mute. So many beautiful, but unknown flowers to me. Prunus virginiana is in Finland in the Arboretum of Mustila, but not in our garden.


    Comment by sartenada — June 10, 2011 @ 1:05 am

    • I am still surprised to be encountering flowers that are new to me, after thinking that I had found them all.


      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2011 @ 7:49 pm

  14. Your chokecherry image took me by surprise because I think of the flower heads of chokecherry as VERTICAL rather than horizontal.
    Excellent detail!


    Comment by Kim — June 10, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

    • I prefer to photograph the horizontal ones because I find it easier to get the light just right. I’m eagerly awaiting the fruit because it should be plentiful this year and we’re running out of jelly and syrup!


      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

  15. Lovely images as usual. Testing posting comments from my iPad to see if I can try to keep up a bit while traveling light!


    Comment by Victoria — June 13, 2011 @ 11:14 am

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