Montana Outdoors

November 26, 2011

A brief moment

Filed under: Flowers, Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 11:53 pm

Delphinium bud

This is a bud on a delphinium that chose to bloom right before a period of very cold weather accompanied by a foot of snow. I was pleased that I caught it in its brief moment of beauty.


  1. A delicate bit of blue in the snow…very pretty.


    Comment by kateri — November 27, 2011 @ 7:41 am

  2. Stunning photo!


    Comment by Roberta — November 27, 2011 @ 8:37 am

  3. Wild or in your garden?


    Comment by Kim — November 27, 2011 @ 8:37 am

    • In our flower bed. There are several there and they have gotten huge. This one bloomed a good month after the others with it had dried up for the year. I’ve seen a number of wildflowers this year that had two different blooming cycles too.


      Comment by montucky — November 27, 2011 @ 9:54 am

  4. I am pleased, too! It is lovely.


    Comment by sandy — November 27, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    • The buds look nothing like the full blossoms. Kind of surprising. They must be very hard plants!


      Comment by montucky — November 27, 2011 @ 9:56 am

  5. So beautiful..and so sad. It’s soon going to be swallowed up and frozen by the snow and ice. What a great find!


    Comment by Marcie — November 27, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    • The blossoms have already succumbed to the heavy snow that we had, but the plant has been established for several years and will come back very well again in the spring. The blossoms stalks on it are abou four feet tall when in full bloom: a gorgeous plant.


      Comment by montucky — November 27, 2011 @ 10:13 am

  6. Hi Montucky, Fortunate for us, you did! Have a super great Sunday!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — November 27, 2011 @ 10:40 am

    • Thanks wildlifewatcher. I hope you had a good day too!


      Comment by montucky — November 28, 2011 @ 1:47 am

  7. delphinium=bad timing
    montucky=great timing


    Comment by Bo Mackison — November 27, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

  8. The wonder of nature, blossoms before a snow, and even with it snowing, holding their shape. The wonder of….


    Comment by Jack Matthews — November 27, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

    • It seems that there is always something surprising and beautiful!


      Comment by montucky — November 28, 2011 @ 1:50 am

  9. That’s so pretty. Did you put the frame around it before posting or is that a WordPress option I don’t know about?


    Comment by Candace — November 27, 2011 @ 10:34 pm

    • I post all of my photos through Flickr, and there is a free service through Flickr called Picnik which provides for a little bit of photo editing, including these simple frames, something to experiment with.


      Comment by montucky — November 28, 2011 @ 1:52 am

  10. Very artsy… kind of like a winter dream.


    Comment by kcjewel — November 28, 2011 @ 7:54 am

  11. It’s so pretty & very delicate, esp in a foot of snow! YiKeS!

    It was 65 degrees here Saturday & I had my windows open while I put up my Christmas tree… now, there’s a few, very few, snowflakes here & there & it’s 38 degrees! =0 It’s ok, tho, it won’t stick…


    Comment by Tricia — November 28, 2011 @ 9:08 am

    • Our snow is all gone in the valley but more is coming. It will probably do this until into January, then winter gets serious.


      Comment by montucky — November 28, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

  12. Isn’t Picnik fun? I enjoy it – and it can do wonderfully well at highlighting the beauty of a subject like this delphinium. I had to go to google to remind myself of the flower – so many you have aren’t happy here on the Gulf Coast, it seems. I did recognize it, but I was amazed at the variations in color that are available.


    Comment by shoreacres — November 29, 2011 @ 8:37 am

    • I appreciate Picnik. It does some things better than iPhoto. Maybe this year I will buy some better software. I’ve heard that delphiniums are very tolerant of cold weather which explains a little of why this one bloomed so long. A friend said she grew them in Alaska.


      Comment by montucky — November 29, 2011 @ 11:44 pm

  13. Wow! this is so pretty and I almost missed it..


    Comment by Roberta — November 29, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    • Thanks Roberta. That was as far as that little bud got this year. The plant though will be strong again next summer. The cycles they go through are incredible!


      Comment by montucky — November 29, 2011 @ 11:45 pm

  14. Amazing. Just about perfect. You have an incredible sense of what captures my imagination. Can’t even understand how this could be better.


    Comment by Wild_Bill — November 29, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

    • Bill, I think we share the same love for the various elements of nature. I’m always encouraged when I read your posts, knowing that someone else shares the concerns that I have and appreciates so many of the same things!


      Comment by montucky — November 29, 2011 @ 11:51 pm

  15. perfect timing…on your part! very pretty and I am sure very striking against the snow


    Comment by silken — November 30, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    • It was fascinating to see that flower stalk survice three nights of cold temperatures and 8 inches of snow. It finally collapsed on the fourth night after an additional 4 inches.


      Comment by montucky — November 30, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

  16. Lovely, and the delicate beauty a capture frozen in time.


    Comment by Anna — November 30, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

    • I’m glad I got the photo. It seems sad to me whenever a flower shows its beauty and there is no one to see it. So many things in nature these days need someone to care.


      Comment by montucky — November 30, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

  17. Its timing was either a little wrong or very right.


    Comment by Ratty — November 30, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

    • Maybe both. At least the mother plant is a perennial, and a very strong plant at that.


      Comment by montucky — November 30, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

  18. A very artistic and lovely photo. I am glad that You noticed it among the snow!


    Comment by sartenada — December 2, 2011 @ 12:20 am

    • The flower is very pretty in summer, but especially nice against the snow because it is so unusual..


      Comment by montucky — December 2, 2011 @ 10:24 am

  19. An exceptional moment and shot ! How lovely and dreamy.


    Comment by isathreadsoflife — December 11, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

    • Thanks Isa. It looked so pretty and fragile on the snow.


      Comment by montucky — December 11, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

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