Montana Outdoors

July 28, 2011

Wildflowers of summer (7)

Mock Orange buds

Mock Orange buds ~ Philadelphus lewisii

Herbal Speedwell, Paul's Betony

Herbal Speedwell, Paul's Betony

Herbal Speedwell, Paul’s Betony ~ Veronica officinalis

White Clarkia

White Clarkia ~ Clarkia pulchella

Unidentified, but pretty!

Grand Collomia, Large-flower Mountain-trumpet, Large-flowered Collomia ~ Collomia grandiflora


Snowbrush ~ Ceanothus velutinus


  1. That unidentified one really is pretty as is the Clarkia…well, and all of them.


    Comment by Candace — July 28, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

  2. I like these posts – a good reminder to me to look down now and then when I’m out with my camera – usually I’m focused on the sky and the mountains.


    Comment by Mike — July 28, 2011 @ 10:22 pm

  3. I love the unidentified..But all so pretty!


    Comment by Roberta — July 28, 2011 @ 11:18 pm

    • Aaron identified the collomia for us. I have tried to ID it for two years now. It is a very pretty flower!


      Comment by Montucky — July 29, 2011 @ 10:30 pm

  4. Beautiful as always 🙂
    I like your focus in the first one, and the white clarika is really interesting.


    Comment by thedailyclick — July 29, 2011 @ 4:38 am

    • The white Clarkia was a surprise: it is the only white one I’ve seen.


      Comment by Montucky — July 29, 2011 @ 10:31 pm

  5. Beautiful perspectives.
    Never heard of a clarkia but it is quite the fancy flower, isn;t it?

    Your hikes must truly fill you with such joy. It shows in your photographs!


    Comment by Bo Mackison — July 29, 2011 @ 5:47 am

    • The Clarkia is a very unusual blossom.

      Yes, each of my outings into the wild country is an incredible experience. I have always loved doing it, but now even more so because I have become so familiar with the forests and now feel much more at home there than just about any place else.


      Comment by Montucky — July 29, 2011 @ 10:34 pm

  6. Gorgeous flowers, and as usual very well shot. Thank you, Terry.


    Comment by Val — July 29, 2011 @ 8:15 am

  7. Oh, pretty, pretty! Great details too. I really like the Mock Orange buds and the gorgeous spray of unidentified wildflowers.


    Comment by Anna — July 29, 2011 @ 9:11 am

  8. That unidentified one looks like a collomia. We have large-flowered collomia (Collomia grandiflora) over here, and it has the same flowers but more lance-shaped leaves.

    That white clarkia is amazing! Perhaps it’s because of the exceptionally wet weather, but this year’s clarkia have seemed especially profuse.


    Comment by Aaron — July 29, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    • Thanks Aaron! After studying the photos and descriptions of the collomia on the Burke Museum site, I’m pretty sure that’s what it is. I’ve tried to ID it for two years now!

      I’ve noticed that about the Clarkia too. Their bloom time also seems to be much longer this year too.


      Comment by Montucky — July 29, 2011 @ 10:39 pm

  9. Hi Montucky, That “Unidentified but pretty” really is! Have a spectacular day today!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — July 29, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    • Aaron (above) identified it for us and I’m pleased about that. I think it is a beautiful flower too!


      Comment by Montucky — July 29, 2011 @ 10:40 pm

  10. Beautiful! Montana has some of the prettiest flowers.


    Comment by Amber — July 29, 2011 @ 2:38 pm

    • There are lots of pretty flowers in just the small area where I am able to go. What a beautiful and diverse place this is!


      Comment by Montucky — July 29, 2011 @ 10:42 pm

  11. This are all new to me. Love the snow brush and the mystery plant.


    Comment by sandy — July 29, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    • There are places where the snow brush is just overwhelming.It makes a wonderful sight!


      Comment by Montucky — July 29, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

  12. Loving these wildflowers. I keep returning wanting to see more. Gorgeous!!!!


    Comment by Marcie — July 30, 2011 @ 10:10 am

    • There are still more that haven’t bloomed yet or that I haven’t run into. I am always amazed at how many species there are.


      Comment by Montucky — July 30, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

  13. I’ve never seen any flowers like the Clarkia before: fascinating.

    Steve Schwartzman


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — July 30, 2011 @ 1:39 pm

    • It’s certainly an unusual blossom. It has a pretty small distribution area too.


      Comment by Montucky — July 30, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

  14. Just look at the hairs on the flowers, that’s so neat… such detail! =)


    Comment by Tricia — July 30, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

    • Despite their small size, they seem to have some fairly complex structures.


      Comment by Montucky — July 30, 2011 @ 10:13 pm

  15. Montucky, I like all the flowers you photographed, but the Collomia has a pull on me. Course, the Snowbrush is what I would like to have right now here in Texas, and by that I mean snow! Such a variety. See my photo of the “Clammyweed” in my latest post. That’s the only blossom, outside of the back porch, I could find two days ago. It’s good for a sand bar.


    Comment by Jack Matthews — July 30, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

    • I take the blossom of the Clammyweed in the time of deep draught to be nature’s message of reassurance: the drought too shall pass, and there will be better years. I haven’t yet written a post about it, but the past Monday I went for a brief excursion but was turned back by snow: I thought about you and the dry Texas summer.


      Comment by Montucky — July 30, 2011 @ 10:28 pm

  16. I absolutely loved the peachy color of the large flowered mountain trumpet. These were all wonderful photos. The speedwell is the only one I recognize that grows in the east.


    Comment by Wild_Bill — July 30, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

    • I find that peachy color very attractive too. It’s quite unusual for western wildflowers. That one seems to like sunny, dry places and fairly low elevation.


      Comment by Montucky — July 30, 2011 @ 10:30 pm

  17. I love the shape of the White Clarkia! Thank you for these.


    Comment by Tammy — July 30, 2011 @ 11:14 pm

    • The Clarkia blossom seems to have its own design, unlike most others. I like it too!


      Comment by Montucky — July 31, 2011 @ 11:56 am

  18. Such beautiful wildflower images, montucky. I especially like the first one, the Mock Orange buds.


    Comment by farmhouse stories — August 1, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

    • Thanks! So many pretty ones, I’m glad I don’t have to choose!


      Comment by Montucky — August 1, 2011 @ 7:53 pm

  19. The “unidentified, but pretty,” are wonderful! Love them. What a beautiful color combination, the beige and blue. The world of wildflowers is so amazing and you photograph them perfectly.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — August 1, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

    • Thanks Teresa! Each year I become more fascinated by the wildflowers. They are just incredible!


      Comment by Montucky — August 1, 2011 @ 7:55 pm

  20. This series could almost be called “white flowers of summer”.


    Comment by Kim — August 2, 2011 @ 9:33 am

    • It’s interesting to see the white colored flowers at the end of summer isn’t it. The colors have gone full cycle.


      Comment by Montucky — August 2, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

  21. Another collection of lovely wildflower images… I’m especially drawn to the Grand Collomia image… crisp, clear and one of my favorite colors!


    Comment by Victoria — August 8, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    • I really like that one too. It has become one of my favorites.


      Comment by Montucky — August 8, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

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