Montana Outdoors

July 15, 2011

Wildflowers of summer (4)

Bunchberry

Bunchberry

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

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

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    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.

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

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

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

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

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      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
    http://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com

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    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).

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      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.

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    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!

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    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!

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      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!

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        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.

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          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.

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    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!

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      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!

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    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!

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      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!!

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    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!

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

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

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    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.

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    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.

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      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.

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    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!

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

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

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


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