Montana Outdoors

July 15, 2011

Wildflowers of summer (4)



Bunchberry ~ Cornus canadensis

Slender Cinquefoil, Graceful Cinquefoil

Slender Cinquefoil, Graceful Cinquefoil ~ Potentilla gracillis

Drummond's Cinquefoil

Drummond’s Cinquefoil ~ Potentilla drummondii

Sulphur Cinquefoil

Sulphur Cinquefoil ~ Potentilla recta

Oxeye Daisy

Oxeye Daisy

Oxeye Daisy ~ Leucanthemum vulgare


  1. I really like these wildflower shots. Are they done with flash or natural light?


    Comment by Mike — July 16, 2011 @ 5:34 am

    • This series of photos were done with natural light, which I prefer if possible to get the depth of field that I want. Often though I do use flash because I encounter flowers many times in low light situations and the D80 does not do well with high ISO’s.


      Comment by Montucky — July 16, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

  2. They are so gorgeous! Nothing like the wildflowers at this time of year!


    Comment by Marcie — July 16, 2011 @ 6:08 am

    • They sure make spring and summer most pleasant, don’t they!


      Comment by Montucky — July 16, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

  3. I see you’ve got several cinquefoils there, evidence of a potent genus.

    Steve Schwartzman


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — July 16, 2011 @ 6:52 am

    • It is, and the only one with that many representatives in this area (outside possibly of the asters).


      Comment by Montucky — July 16, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

  4. Montucky didn’t mention that the last two portrayed are “weeds”. Strange how many weeds are just as pretty as the natives they displace.


    Comment by Kim — July 16, 2011 @ 7:34 am

  5. When one can’t be out in nature, the next best thing is to visit an old friend who captures it so well. Hello from Seth and Julian!


    Comment by Seth Mullins — July 16, 2011 @ 7:37 am

    • Hi Seth! Good to see you out and about! Please tell Julian “Hello!” for me!


      Comment by Montucky — July 16, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

      • I did; and he was pleased to hear from you. He and I have talked about this several times over the last few years: how he feels that you and your wife were among the very first people to really encourage him in his writing. Not something a kid forgets!


        Comment by Seth Mullins — July 17, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

        • I’m pleased that he remembers us! His writing has a lot of potential, whatever he does with it.


          Comment by Montucky — July 17, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

  6. Hey, I photographed buncherries this week! I didn’t realize that we were that far ahead of you. It seems like your wildflowers started earlier than ours. I guess it is the elevation.

    We have a couple of kinds of cinquefoil, but neither of these.

    What a nice array you posted this day.


    Comment by sandy — July 16, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    • Actually, all in this series were photographed at the end of June. (I’m behind on posting!) As Steve mentioned, cinquefoil comes from a very potent genus!


      Comment by Montucky — July 16, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

  7. Hi Montucky, It is a toss-up for me between the various Cinqfoils and the Oxeye Daisy. Have a wonderful day!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — July 16, 2011 @ 11:01 am

    • I like both too. They are very prominent here this time of year, and the daisies especially grow near the fishing streams!


      Comment by Montucky — July 16, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

  8. That’s a lot of potentilla there!! Aw… I love the daisy. That’s summer!!


    Comment by kcjewel — July 16, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

    • I think daisies are the friendliest of the summer flowers. They always seem happy to be there!


      Comment by Montucky — July 16, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

  9. Very interesting. Closeups of flowers are always so fun to look at.


    Comment by Ratty — July 16, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

  10. Were all these taken in July? Looks like that would be the perfect time to vacation in Montana.


    Comment by thedailyclick — July 17, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

    • They were all taken on 6/28. For wildflowers, late June or early July before the hot weather hits is probably best.


      Comment by Montucky — July 17, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

  11. Bunch berry is a flower that was common in the woods where I grew up in upstate NY–I haven’t seen it in Michigan yet and is one of those many flowers I miss.


    Comment by kateri — July 18, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

    • I went for many years without seeing them here too, until I discovered them in one location, and that’s the only place I’ve seen them. Odd!


      Comment by Montucky — July 18, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

  12. Those daisies just look happy! Something about daisies and sunflowers especially that exudes joy.


    Comment by Candace — July 19, 2011 @ 8:58 pm

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