Montana Outdoors

June 11, 2012

The other red wildflower

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

Scarlet Indian Paintbrush, Common Red Paintbrush

Scarlet Indian Paintbrush, Common Red Paintbrush

Scarlet Indian Paintbrush, Common Red Paintbrush

Scarlet Indian Paintbrush, Common Red Paintbrush

Scarlet Indian Paintbrush, Common Red Paintbrush, Castilleja miniata

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  1. My favorite flower. Beautiful photos!

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    Comment by A Nature Mom — June 11, 2012 @ 11:26 pm

    • I think a lot of people like them. They are bright, fairly plentiful, and large by most wildflower standards. I’ve been surprised many times at some of the places they grow, too.

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      Comment by montucky — June 12, 2012 @ 12:07 am

      • I don’t see many of them around here, though I know they’re here and I do see them sometimes. They remind me most of the Sierras. That’s what I associate them with. Majestic views, alpine lakes, granite, and beautiful, little red flowers. Love them!

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        Comment by A Nature Mom — June 12, 2012 @ 9:32 am

  2. Superb photos again!

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — June 12, 2012 @ 12:09 am

  3. Beautiful dof in the second one!

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    Comment by TheDailyClick — June 12, 2012 @ 3:36 am

    • Thanks. St flower has a deep enough color to permit that photo!

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      Comment by montucky — June 12, 2012 @ 11:30 pm

  4. Ah yes, paintbrush. Some of ours have a tendency to be more orange than red but we do have the red too. A very pretty plant and beautiful photos.

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    Comment by anniespickns — June 12, 2012 @ 6:49 am

    • I’ve seen orange ones in only one location here. They are beautiful!

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      Comment by montucky — June 12, 2012 @ 11:31 pm

  5. We have a variation of these here in our Wasatch Mountains, too, Montucky…beautiful flowers…beautiful photos, too.

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    Comment by seekraz — June 12, 2012 @ 6:58 am

    • The paints are wide spread with a lot of species. They must have a very successful survival strategy!

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      Comment by montucky — June 12, 2012 @ 11:32 pm

      • It appears that they do, Montucky…it is so pretty seeing those splashes of red in a mountain meadow….

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        Comment by seekraz — June 13, 2012 @ 6:26 am

  6. Love the contrasting colors of the second photo. 🙂

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    Comment by Homestead Ramblings — June 12, 2012 @ 7:32 am

  7. I have to agree with HR! I too love the contrasting colors in the second shot. So eye-catching!

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — June 12, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    • It’s interesting what a very shallow depth of field does to the background. Photos 2 and 4 are nearly identical except for camera setup.

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      Comment by montucky — June 12, 2012 @ 11:34 pm

  8. That’s a beautiful red one. I keep hoping to see the red cardinal flower but so far-no luck.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — June 12, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    • I looked up the Cardinal flower and it’s a beauty. I have never seen one.

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      Comment by montucky — June 12, 2012 @ 11:40 pm

  9. This one is pretty, too, but yesterday’s was my favorite. We don’t really have many red wildflowers. Cardinal flower, but it is not in my immediate area.

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    Comment by sandy — June 12, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

    • I have very good memories associated with this flower going back to early childhood.

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      Comment by montucky — June 12, 2012 @ 11:41 pm

  10. Gorgeous photography. It’s great being able to see the wildflowers from all over the states.

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    Comment by snowbirdpress — June 12, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

    • Thank you and thanks for visiting! I am really enjoying seeing wildflowers from all over too. they are such amazing little things!

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      Comment by montucky — June 12, 2012 @ 11:42 pm

  11. Love the fuzz! Would not have known it was there, but for your macro.

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    Comment by Kim — June 12, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

    • When I began using the macro lens I saw things like that too. Lots of plants have that fuzz or small hairs. Whatever it does for them must really work!

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      Comment by montucky — June 12, 2012 @ 11:44 pm

  12. Now that I think of it, I don’t see many true reds with the paintbrush – ours tend more to orange or red-orange. We do have some yellow and white, also – I was so amazed when I first saw them – I thought they were sick! But no, it’s just a variety.

    My favorite view is Indian paintbrush and bluebonnets mixed – they can produce a purple field!

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    Comment by shoreacres — June 13, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

    • We have orange ones here too, and a few of the yellow ones, but they haven’t begun to bloom yet (or I haven’t been in the right places yet). The reds seem to have a deeper color than usual this year.

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      Comment by montucky — June 13, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

  13. Those we have here. Although I haven’t seen them this vividly red.

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    Comment by Candace — June 13, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

    • I wonder if that deep color this year might be because we have had very little sun. Could it bleach them out?

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      Comment by montucky — June 13, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

  14. So beautiful flower. Sigh, it does not exist in Finland!

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    Comment by Sartenada — June 14, 2012 @ 10:58 pm

    • It just occurred to me that many of the plants here have come from europe, and I wonder how many went the other way.

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      Comment by montucky — June 15, 2012 @ 8:14 am

  15. Your wildflowers are gobsmackingly good! I love them 🙂

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    Comment by Finn Holding — June 16, 2012 @ 3:02 pm


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