Montana Outdoors

July 20, 2011

Penstemon

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 11:10 pm

Shrubby Penstemon

Shrubby Penstemon, Bush Penstemon ~ Penstemon fruticosus

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  1. I like it – great detail. What lens are you using for these shots?

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    Comment by Mike — July 20, 2011 @ 11:13 pm

    • This was taken with an AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D. It has become my favorite lens.

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      Comment by Montucky — July 21, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

  2. quite lovely

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    Comment by Tammie — July 20, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

  3. That is a garden flower around here. Never stopped to consider it might be a wild flower in other parts of the country. Very cool.

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    Comment by kateri — July 21, 2011 @ 4:00 am

    • I’ve seen this species here only at higher elevations, usually on ridge tops. This one was is growing about 30 feet from the old lookout cabin on Big Hole Peak.

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      Comment by Montucky — July 21, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

  4. vibrant color, beautiful flower, very nice capture.

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    Comment by anniespickns — July 21, 2011 @ 6:27 am

    • Thanks. These beautifully decorate most of the peaks and high ridges in this area this time of year. They bloom for quite awhile too.

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      Comment by Montucky — July 21, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

  5. Hi Montucky, Good picture! Love the hue of that flower in you shot. Have a fine day today!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — July 21, 2011 @ 8:18 am

  6. There must be a gazillion penstemons! This is a pretty one. Of course, I love anything blue.
    Do you know of one called pine leaf? I bought the seeds this year, but had no luck. The bushes are supposed to be evergreen.

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    Comment by sandy — July 21, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    • Yes, the penstemons have a very large family! The Burke Museum lists 28 species just here in the northwest.This particular one is listed as a shrub and the plant gets quite large. I haven’t seen the pineleaf penstemon. I see that USDA Plants shows it growing in Arizona and New Mexico.

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      Comment by Montucky — July 21, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

  7. Not so sure I will get to Montana to check out what you get to see but get to see through your eyes. I have moved from heartnsole and made changes. I am ever evolving and having fun with what I am learning..

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    Comment by Roberta — July 21, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

    • I’m glad you let me know of the change to your blog Roberta! I hope your new blog will be a great experience for you!!

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      Comment by Montucky — July 21, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

  8. Beautiful color… oh, what I wouldn’t give for some of those raindrops!!

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    Comment by kcjewel — July 21, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

    • I don’t suppose you want to hear that when I took that photo yesterday it was so cold that my fingers were getting numb.

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      Comment by Montucky — July 21, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

  9. Awesome looking flower. I have done great job when photographing it.

    This flower is not in Finland.

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    Comment by sartenada — July 22, 2011 @ 2:46 am

    • This species is found only in the 5 northwestern states in the US and the two western-most provinces of Canada as far as I can tell. It seems to thrive only at higher elevations in late summer, but seems to be very robust.

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      Comment by Montucky — July 22, 2011 @ 8:52 am

  10. The closeups are great! The colors, the details,… wow!

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    Comment by Cedar — July 22, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

    • I like the way the photo turned out. It was a dark, very cloudy day and I had to use the flash. It was also very cold.

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      Comment by Montucky — July 22, 2011 @ 11:57 pm

  11. Do the flowers occur singly, or in clusters like most penstemons? Though I love the macro shots, sometimes I long for a more distant view, to get the feel of a plant.

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    Comment by Kim — July 22, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    • These blossoms are sometimes single, but usually in clusters. It is a shrub though, and the blossoms are not all on one stem. Yes, I think next year when I take wildflower photos I will include shots of the whole plant with some means of size perspective. That would also be helpful when I try ti ID them.

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      Comment by Montucky — July 23, 2011 @ 12:00 am

  12. Beautiful, especially with the raindrops.

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    Comment by Candace — July 24, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    • Those were cold raindrops. It was very cold there when I took that picture.

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      Comment by Montucky — July 24, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

  13. The raindrops make this a standout image! (wish we would get some more rain… a very dry summer here)

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    Comment by Victoria — August 8, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    • We are in our hot, dry season now too although we did get a nice rain a couple nights ago. The high country is doing quite well, not all dried out, but the grasses in the valleys has dried up and turned brown now.

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      Comment by Montucky — August 8, 2011 @ 9:22 pm


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