Montana Outdoors

June 22, 2011

It’s a good year for lupines!

Filed under: Wildflowers — montucky @ 11:18 pm

Lupine garden


  1. Amazing! And beautiful pondies too! Where was this taken?


    Comment by Aaron — June 22, 2011 @ 11:44 pm

    • This was taken at the lower end of Weeksville Creek which flow into the Clark Fork about 10 miles west of Plains.


      Comment by montucky — June 23, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

  2. Those are so beautiful!


    Comment by kateri — June 23, 2011 @ 4:45 am

    • THey are especially pretty this year. I haven’t posted a photo yet, but I also saw some white ones, the first I’ve ever seen.


      Comment by montucky — June 23, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

  3. I absolutely love lupines. What a bunch this is! Great photo. There’s a place in northern Wisconsin where i often visit and the ditches are lined with them this time of year. I have one plant and it’s a pink lupine, but I ‘m thinking of doing more. They are so beautiful.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — June 23, 2011 @ 5:08 am

    • We have some domestic ones in our yard that are over four feet tall this year. The wild ones aren’t that large, but right now they are everywhere.


      Comment by montucky — June 23, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

  4. Gorgeous photo!


    Comment by Roberta Warshaw — June 23, 2011 @ 5:59 am

  5. Wow, it is a good year. Beautiful.


    Comment by anniespickns — June 23, 2011 @ 7:09 am

    • Yes, I don’t remember so many or such large wildflowers as this year.


      Comment by montucky — June 23, 2011 @ 8:54 pm

  6. Now, that’s a scene I wouldn’t mind walking up on in the woods & what a great photo op!!! =)


    Comment by Tricia — June 23, 2011 @ 7:32 am

    • It sure brightens up a hike! They are growing along an old rod that I hike several times a week. Very pleasant and relaxing place.


      Comment by montucky — June 23, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

  7. I believe Lupine is the Maine state flower. Just returned from there and along the country roads there were acres and acres of lupines. Saw a young moose standing in a large group. Camera wasn’t handy!


    Comment by Wild_Bill — June 23, 2011 @ 8:03 am

    • I wish I could have seen the scene with the moose! That must have been something! I saw a moose here a few weeks ago, a yearling, but nevertheless a great sight.


      Comment by montucky — June 23, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

  8. Leaping lupine, oh my! Marvelous!!


    Comment by Chad — June 23, 2011 @ 8:24 am

    • Yes, I walked through there again tonight and they’re even thicker. Not far from there the are some pure white ones too!


      Comment by montucky — June 23, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

  9. Wow! Gorgeous colorful pop. Love the perspective shot and lupines!


    Comment by Anna — June 23, 2011 @ 9:34 am

  10. Oh my gosh!! Wow!! Beautiful photo!!!


    Comment by Barbara — June 23, 2011 @ 10:45 am

  11. Beautiful!


    Comment by mitambien — June 23, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

  12. What an absolutely stunning meadow!! Wherever it is you hike – I want to go there!!!


    Comment by Marcie — June 23, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    • There are lots of places to hike here, and you would be welcome! Almost all of my hiking is done in our National Forests, usually the Lolo National Forest, and it alone has two million acres.


      Comment by montucky — June 23, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

  13. Hi Montucky, That picture is a great one! The blue of the flowers really shines. I like Lupines of all kinds. We had lots of these around the hillsides in CA. Have a nice day today!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 23, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

    • I love the lupines too. They are very pleasant flowers and large enough and hardy enough to make a real visual impact.


      Comment by montucky — June 23, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

  14. That is Lupine Heaven, you know! I love that shade of blue, they are blue bonnet blue, aren’t they?


    Comment by sandy — June 23, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

    • I’ve only seen pictures of the bluebonnets, but they seem to be about the same color.


      Comment by montucky — June 23, 2011 @ 9:44 pm

  15. I thought of you as I drove down the freeway the other day and saw them on the side of the road. I wanted to pull over to snap pictures because it’s the only place I see lupines here!
    However, I will just enjoy them on your blog cuz stopping on the freeway is not the best idea in the world!! ;o)


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — June 23, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

    • No, freeways don’t give you much opportunity to stop and look around. At least you were able to see some of them!


      Comment by montucky — June 23, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

  16. Spectacular shot T. Wonderful control of depth of field really draws me into the image. I so wish our spring had been 1/10th this lush. I envy you!


    Comment by Jeff Lynch — June 23, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

    • I wish your spring had been better too. I’ve followed the stories about the drought and the fires down your way and I know how tough that is.


      Comment by montucky — June 23, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

  17. wow! we hardly had our usual carpets of bluebonnets this year. guess it was just too dry here at the time they bloom here….yours are gorgeous!


    Comment by silken — June 23, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

    • I guess I became used to the smaller amounts of flowers that were here during our drought years too, and this year has been a wonderful surprise.


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

  18. The field of blue flowers is so vibrant. Great shot!


    Comment by Maggie — June 23, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

    • Lupines are pretty even one plant at a time, and very special when they grow in groups like that.


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

  19. Wow, I guess! What a beautiful color against the lush green of the trees.


    Comment by Candace — June 23, 2011 @ 7:43 pm

    • Yes, that photo does show a little of the green that is extraordinary this year. This has been a magnificent spring, and at the higher elevations spring hasn’t even begun yet. I spent most of the afternoon on deep snow today.


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

  20. What a gorgeous place… I’m quite fascinated by the tree bark too. What kind of tree? The color and texture in the photo are perfect. I’ve got to look for those seeds. Do you know the botanical name of your native lupines? Wow… what a random comment… sorry!


    Comment by kcjewel — June 23, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

    • The larger trees in the foreground are Ponderosa Pine. Some of the smaller ones in the background are Lodgepole Pine.

      There are about ten different species of lupines in this area. I’m not entirely sure, but I think these are Silvery Lupines, Lupinus argenteus.


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

  21. Beautiful!! Would be so tempting to sneak home a big bouquet of them.


    Comment by thedailyclick — June 24, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    • There are so many this year I think that would be perfectly all right.


      Comment by montucky — June 24, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

  22. Lupines look lovely, but they have an unpleasant odor when you bring them home and put them in a vase. Better enjoyed in place.

    Montuck, I believe this is my favorite of your images so far. Breathtaking!


    Comment by Kim — June 24, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

  23. Gorgeous … looks like a fantasy forest.


    Comment by bearyweather — June 25, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

    • That is a nice piece of forest and it gets a pretty high volume of wildlife traffic too.


      Comment by montucky — June 25, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

  24. Holy cow, how many Lupines! I have never seen so many. Colors are great, blue and green. It’s like watching a fairy tale forest!


    Comment by sartenada — June 27, 2011 @ 3:45 am

    • This is always a pretty time of year in our forests, but this year is better than most! We have the flowers every year, but now they are much more abundant.


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

  25. In Sweden, lupines are everywhere (they are considered invasive) and come in shades of pink and purple…. did not see any of the blue until we got to Iceland where again, lupines are considered invasive! I much prefer them to dandelions! And this carpet of blue in the forest is lovely…


    Comment by Victoria — July 18, 2011 @ 5:49 am

    • I guess lupines are not universally popular, but they can sure be pretty in the forest!


      Comment by Montucky — July 18, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

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