Montana Outdoors

March 26, 2013

One sunny day

Filed under: Flowers, Spring — Tags: , — montucky @ 4:23 pm

During many cold nights and snowy, cloudy days these little Crocus waited for one sunny day.



  1. OH my, little shoots of beauty pushing through in all their glory. Wonderful!

    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — March 26, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

    • Amazing little things. A week ago they were buried in snow and just the leaves above ground. Now look at the pollen!

      Comment by montucky — March 26, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

  2. They are all the more precious because there isn’t much else at this time of year. Sure look good!

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — March 26, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

    • Yes, they get all of the attention when they bloom. Good for them because they get all the attention of the pollinators, and good for the pollinators who get all of the pollen and nectar.

      Comment by montucky — March 26, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

      • Exactly! Crocuses deserve something for braving the chilly early spring. Beautiful photo.

        Comment by wordsfromanneli — March 26, 2013 @ 9:42 pm

        • For as long as I can remember, they have been very much loved.

          Comment by montucky — March 26, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

  3. Ah sweet. Looks like spring has sprung in your woods! I wonder if the crocuses are up in Wisconsin — they’d have to peek through lots of snow, but they’ve done that before…

    Comment by Bo Mackison (@bo_mackison) — March 26, 2013 @ 5:21 pm

    • Three nights ago it was 18ยบ and the day before that there was three inches of snow. Today they are in bloom. Spring can be sudden!

      Comment by montucky — March 26, 2013 @ 9:35 pm

  4. Our crocus are blooming, too, but then they haven’t had snow to contend with.

    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — March 26, 2013 @ 6:57 pm

    • Yes, your climate is much milder than here, but they are still an early flower. Interesting.

      Comment by montucky — March 26, 2013 @ 9:36 pm

  5. I’ve yet to see anything in bloom this year. Nice to know they’re out there.

    Comment by jomegat — March 26, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

    • With the weather that you’ve had, I can see why they would be delayed a little. They will make up for that though I’m sure.

      Comment by montucky — March 26, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

  6. A friend in northern Virginia began posting photos of her crocus about three weeks ago. I’m going to send her a link to this these beauties – part of her garden’s “extended family”, so to speak. And look at all that pollen! I imagine there are some very happy insects around.

    Comment by shoreacres — March 26, 2013 @ 7:27 pm

    • Crocus is such a popular flower just about everywhere, isn’t it. It’s a good strategy to bloom when they can have their pollinator’s full attention.

      Comment by montucky — March 26, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

  7. Oh boy a crocus! (and a sunny day!) Great shot. :)

    Comment by twoscamps — March 26, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

    • Yes, that’s two out of two. We have three days of rain coming up now, but with higher temperatures. It will be very good for the plant life!

      Comment by montucky — March 26, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

  8. they say the timing is everything

    Comment by Tricia — March 26, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

    • It is. It’s fun to see the hardy species of plants and birds this time of year!

      Comment by montucky — March 26, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

  9. They’re so pretty!

    Comment by Candace — March 26, 2013 @ 8:54 pm

    • THey are, aren’t they. Very simple blooms, but they have their own elegance.

      Comment by montucky — March 26, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

  10. oh my goodness, these are so beautiful!

    Comment by Tammie — March 26, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

    • It’s so fitting to have them as one of the first blossoms of spring!

      Comment by montucky — March 26, 2013 @ 9:41 pm

  11. Such a pleasure to see each spring. We have two plants next to our porch we look forward to seeing pop up each spring. Wonderful photo of yours.

    Comment by Grampy — March 27, 2013 @ 12:11 am

    • We have several groups of these in different locations, and watch them closely this time of year. They appear so quickly once they get started.

      Comment by montucky — March 27, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

  12. I have some scilla, which some call glory of the snow, just about ready to do the same thing. They’re just waiting for that perfect day to come along.

    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — March 27, 2013 @ 4:22 am

    • We have a species of that here too, but it blooms later

      Comment by montucky — March 27, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

  13. So good to see these sunny little faces again. Mine have come and gone. They are one of my favorite spring flowers.

    Comment by Annie — March 27, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    • Your plants are far ahead of here then. I think they are the favorites of lots of people. And they are easy to grow!

      Comment by montucky — March 27, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

  14. Me, again. I’m looking for an image of marsh marigolds, aka to me as cowslips, to illustrate a post. Do you have one I could use and attribute, of course, to you?

    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — March 27, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    • I searched my photo library, but I have no photos of that. My favorite wildflower site tells me though that it is native to the northwest, including Montana, so I will look for it later in the summer. Sorry!

      Comment by montucky — March 27, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

  15. Oh, I’m so jealous! Ours are still under snow. Still hoping……

    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — March 27, 2013 @ 1:34 pm

    • They are just waiting for a few sunny days. Just a few days ago these were also buried in snow.

      Comment by montucky — March 27, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

  16. What color! Beautiful doesn’t begin to cover it….

    Comment by FeyGirl — March 28, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    • Yes, what a color for the first flower of spring!

      Comment by montucky — March 29, 2013 @ 12:09 am

  17. pretty; just right for Easter

    Comment by skouba — March 28, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

    • They are right on time. The daffodils won’t be open for Easter though.

      Comment by montucky — March 29, 2013 @ 12:10 am

      • I think it’s kind of funny that my poinsettias are still blooming pretty strong!

        Comment by skouba — April 3, 2013 @ 6:56 am

  18. Already, so nine to hear that Spring comes with big steps there. Your photo is very beautiful and the Crocus is similar which we had in our garden.

    Comment by Sartenada — March 29, 2013 @ 4:27 am

    • Spring has come here to the valleys. The mountains are still deep in winter. Monday I plan to visit a mountain area for a long look at the snow again.

      Comment by montucky — March 29, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

  19. Beautiful, Terry…and it’s amazing how quickly they appear…wonderful biological processes underway to bring us their elegance so quickly……

    Comment by seekraz — March 29, 2013 @ 7:05 am

    • The forces of nature are powerful and they can also be very quick. We have to be careful in the mountains this time of year: it can be spring in the morning and cold winter in the afternoon!

      Comment by montucky — March 29, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

      • You’re right, Terry, those are some powerful forces…I’ve been up on a ridge and watched the clouds come in quickly from miles away and suddenly change things…in a big way. Rain is wonderful out there when it’s expected…not so much sometimes, though, when it’s not….

        Comment by seekraz — March 29, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

        • I love those quick changes, but I’m always prepared for them, even though that adds weight to my pack.

          Comment by montucky — March 29, 2013 @ 10:03 pm

          • Yes indeed…and I carry some of that gear with me as well….

            Comment by seekraz — April 3, 2013 @ 6:47 am

  20. Such vivid color, what a tret.

    Comment by Sue — March 30, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    • Yes, a perfect color for the first flowers of spring!

      Comment by montucky — March 30, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

  21. Beautiful. Mine have been showing their little buds for several weeks, but finally bloomed yesterday–a welcome sight just in time for Easter.

    Comment by kateri — March 31, 2013 @ 5:47 am

    • It takes that one special day! Nice to be blooming for Easter!

      Comment by montucky — March 31, 2013 @ 10:12 pm

  22. This picture cries ‘spring!’

    Comment by Watching Seasons — March 31, 2013 @ 7:14 am

  23. We are just now starting to see some evidence of spring…I saw some daffodils and crocus yesterday!!! Finally !

    Comment by dhphotosite — April 1, 2013 @ 6:26 am

  24. Beautiful work Terry !!

    Comment by Bernie Kasper — April 1, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    • Thanks Bernie. Usually I stay with wildflowers, but the first crocus is an exception!

      Comment by montucky — April 1, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

  25. I rely on your photographs for assessing seasonal conditions in situ before making hunting/fishing excursions into the Plains/Thompson Falls area (I live in Polson). Is there any way that you could take some landscapes depicting the receding snowline…maybe in the vicinity of Big Hole or Weeksville? haha. I love the pictures. and by the way, I’m sure I’ve seen your white jeep parked up in that neck of the woods.


    Comment by Anonymous — April 1, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    • Hello Karl!

      I haven’t been very far up the Weeksville road yet, but I hope to see what it looks like later in the week. I’ll bet there is snow at about mm6 on the Big Hole road. I’ll post a photo anyway when I get up there.

      Today I visited Thompson Pass since they got the road open last week. Not as much snow as in some other year, but there is about 4 feet at the pass. I hiked the road to the Revet Lake trail head, and it has a consistent 6 feet on it.

      Comment by montucky — April 1, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

  26. Hi Montucky, That is a really nice photo of those Crocus! Beautiful! Have a fine day tomorrow!

    Comment by wildlifewatcher — April 1, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

    • Thanks wildlifewatcher! I hope you have a great day too!

      Comment by montucky — April 1, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

  27. Those are beautiful!

    Comment by Fergiemoto — April 3, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

    • Thanks! It just seems right that the first flowers of spring should be so pretty!

      Comment by montucky — April 3, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

  28. Aren’t we ready by now for such a beautiful sight ! A gorgeous tribute to the most welcomed crocus.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — April 9, 2013 @ 2:40 am

    • Crocus are one of the most welcomed flowers there is. We are always so ready for their beauty when they appear!

      Comment by montucky — April 9, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

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