Montana Outdoors

July 20, 2011


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

Shrubby Penstemon

Shrubby Penstemon, Bush Penstemon ~ Penstemon fruticosus


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


    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.


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

  2. quite lovely


    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.


    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.


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

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


    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.


      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!


    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.


    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.


      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..


    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!!


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

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


    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.


      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.


    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.


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

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


    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.


      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.


    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.


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

  12. Beautiful, especially with the raindrops.


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

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


      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)


    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.


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

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