Montana Outdoors

February 3, 2012

A drink of water

Filed under: Flowers — Tags: — montucky @ 10:31 pm

A drink of water

Last night when I went into the kitchen for a drink of water this scene just seemed to catch my eye. The plant sitting in a pot in front of the kitchen window was given to us by a dear friend back in November and these are its third set of blooms. The white image of a buck is a decal on the window glass that is there to help keep birds from flying into the window. The photo was taken from about 10 feet away through a 70 – 300mm lens.



  1. Aren’t Christmas Amaryllises amazing? If you treat it right, you’ll be photographing this one every year for a decade or more!


    Comment by Kim — February 3, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

    • Yes, they are amazing. So far we have not had any luck keeping one more than one season, but we have high hopes for this one.


      Comment by montucky — February 3, 2012 @ 10:48 pm

  2. wow, three sets of blooms, that is mighty fine. as is your photograph which shows wonderful detail, so beautiful!


    Comment by Tammie — February 3, 2012 @ 11:22 pm

    • They produce beautiful blossoms which seem especially so this time of year in the north country!


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2012 @ 12:06 am

  3. Elegant and so lovely!


    Comment by Ellen Grace Olinger — February 4, 2012 @ 12:19 am

  4. NICE !


    Comment by Grampy — February 4, 2012 @ 4:11 am

  5. I like the composition – juxtaposition of the spare black and white image and colorful, graceful blossoms.

    Do you find the decal actually deters the birds from hitting the window? We have tried that approach, with no success.


    Comment by Dave at collinda — February 4, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    • This particular decal has not been effective. We have some that are though. They are called “Window Alert” and can be found at nurseries or at They contain a component that reflects ultraviolet light making them very visible to birds. They are not 100% effective, but we have noticed that they do make a huge difference.


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

      • Many thanks!


        Comment by Dave at collinda — February 5, 2012 @ 8:49 am

  6. Hi Montucky, That picture is a gem! I love the juxtaposition of the reflected stag image with that of the beautiful Amaryllis flower. Well-done! Have the best day today ever!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — February 4, 2012 @ 9:29 am

  7. Spectacular!!! What a treat it is to see something like this every day!!!


    Comment by dhphotosite — February 4, 2012 @ 10:04 am

    • Those blossoms are so pretty, I think they deserve some attention!


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

  8. Exquisite picture! No wonder that caught your eye.


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — February 4, 2012 @ 10:04 am

    • Thank you! Isn’t it strange how some things just seem to stand out at times?


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

  9. Amaryllis naturalize here, and do well in the ground – they’re such beauties. After Mom died I gave away her amaryllis. I began giving them to her for Christmas about 20 years ago, and she had about 50 by the time she died – pink, white, candy-striped.

    The deep red still are my favorites, and this is an especially beautiful portrait of one. The red, white and black make the photo a classic – just like one of Chanel’s “little black dresses” accessorized with pearls and a perfect red lipstick!


    Comment by shoreacres — February 4, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    • I would really love it if they would do well outside here, but of course they don’t. My wife does grow some beautiful Day Lilies though that remind me somewhat of these.


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

  10. Isn’t that lovely. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen an indoor photo from you. I need to put on my amaryllis radar and go into my back yard. I have planted bulbs but we’ve landscaped since then and I have no idea where they are going to pop up.


    Comment by Tammy — February 4, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    • I very seldom photograph indoors. I sure wish we could plant these outdoors: we would have lots!


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

  11. Glad you needed a drink of water. This is just stunning! I really like the color of the amaryllis, too.


    Comment by sandy — February 4, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    • Thanks Sandy! This has been an exceptionally pretty plant.


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

  12. I bought an amaryllis in early december. Although it is now (Feb 4th) waning, it has produced 10 flowers! That is unbelievable! Every time we thought the thing would bite the dust, another bud appeared. It has given my mother a lot of joy!


    Comment by mary hazlett — February 4, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

    • This one was given to us in November and it had blossoms by Christmas. It has bloomed twice since then and this on has 5 blossoms. Thanks for visiting, Mary!


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2012 @ 8:59 pm

  13. Wonderful image. Indoor plants keep us cheered up through the winter season 🙂


    Comment by Watching Seasons — February 4, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

    • They sure do. I love flower so much anyhow, and they are special when outside is nearly monochrome.


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

  14. Beautiful photo! Flowers and Friendship…. good things! (esp. in winter)!


    Comment by Maureen — February 4, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

  15. So crisp for a night shot. I’ve never had an amaryllis, guess I should give it a whirl.


    Comment by Candace — February 4, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

    • You would enjoy one, but you have so many in bloom outdoors too. And it won’t be too long before the oranges will blossom.


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

  16. The flower is so beautiful that I almost missed the decal.


    Comment by Ratty — February 4, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

  17. Stunning!! Although I wish that the decal wasn’t there.


    Comment by TheDailyClick — February 5, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    • The white of the decal seemed to balance the photo, but the buck doesn’t fit with the flowers, does it.


      Comment by montucky — February 5, 2012 @ 10:43 am

  18. Wow… now that would have caught my eye too… I would love to see it without the decal as well (but glad your birds are safe!)


    Comment by kcjewel — February 5, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    • I also would like to have a look at the photo without the decal.


      Comment by montucky — February 5, 2012 @ 10:43 am

  19. Still looking… it has me captivated. I love how the reflection of the flower and leaves in the window gives the effect of motion.


    Comment by kcjewel — February 5, 2012 @ 9:23 am

  20. Wow, this is stunning!


    Comment by kateri — February 5, 2012 @ 10:31 am

  21. It’s a beauty!


    Comment by Roberta — February 5, 2012 @ 8:09 pm

    • It is at that. I often think that flowers don’t get as much attention as they really should. What would our world be like without them!


      Comment by montucky — February 5, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

  22. The warmth and color in this is exquisite!


    Comment by Marcie — February 6, 2012 @ 6:39 am

  23. very striking! I can see how it caught your eye. really nice!


    Comment by silken — February 9, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

  24. Oh my ! This is an outstanding photo ! Very beautiful !


    Comment by Inspired and pretty — February 23, 2012 @ 8:22 am

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