Montana Outdoors

March 24, 2014

It’s a start

Filed under: Spring, Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 7:52 pm

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush Buttercup ~ Ranunculus glaberrimus Hook

Yesterday buried under a fresh coat of snow, today a new optimism.


  1. Yes, I see the happiness!

    Comment by Roberta — March 24, 2014 @ 8:38 pm

    • The happiness of wildflowers and small songbirds!

      Comment by montucky — March 24, 2014 @ 9:47 pm

  2. Beautiful … just beautiful … wildflowers still seem a long way off … so thank you for this burst of happy.

    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — March 24, 2014 @ 8:41 pm

    • These are always the first to bloom here. It’s so good to see them, the few early ones!

      Comment by montucky — March 24, 2014 @ 9:48 pm

  3. That’s a nice painterly background, I’d say Rembrandtesque. Some buttercups have been out in Austin for a couple of weeks.

    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — March 24, 2014 @ 8:45 pm

    • These are the first I’ve seen this year, but they are so welcome!

      Comment by montucky — March 24, 2014 @ 9:49 pm

  4. Beautiful photo. Nice to see you back.

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — March 24, 2014 @ 9:17 pm

  5. It’s great to see it. I think it’ll be a week or two before we see anything like it here. We’re still breaking low temperature records. I hope you’re healing and can get around a little better.

    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — March 25, 2014 @ 4:33 am

    • Your winter just lingers on! Our winter was hard, but spring is taking over now, just a few weeks later than usual.
      Yesterday I tried to drive to the nearest trail head, just to see what it was like, but a foot of ice on the road (and prudence) led me to turn around about a mile before I got there.

      Comment by montucky — March 25, 2014 @ 7:45 am

  6. A lovely sign of spring! Thank you!

    Comment by Anonymous — March 25, 2014 @ 5:15 am

    • Yes, isn’t it good to see the optimism of nature starting to be displayed!

      Comment by montucky — March 25, 2014 @ 7:48 am

  7. Such a pretty sign of spring!

    Comment by TheDailyClick — March 25, 2014 @ 12:56 pm

    • Yes, it’s so good to see them again! The first I’ve seen!

      Comment by montucky — March 25, 2014 @ 9:14 pm

  8. Way more than I have seen Terry great shot and find !!

    Comment by Bernie Kasper — March 25, 2014 @ 2:51 pm

    • They are just starting now, about 2 weeks later than last year.

      Comment by montucky — March 25, 2014 @ 9:14 pm

  9. I understand spring isn´t that far away in Montana ? … Here in my part of Sweden, we have to wait another month before spring arrives …
    Love your photo of the Buttercup ! … // Maria :)

    Comment by mariayarri — March 25, 2014 @ 3:38 pm

    • Spring is just starting here Maria. March is a month of wild weather swings but a very exciting time. Wildflowers start to bloom, then get covered by new snow, then are in full sun again the next day. One of my favorite times!

      Comment by montucky — March 25, 2014 @ 9:16 pm

  10. Gorgeous photo! Spring will NOT be defeated :)!

    Comment by Christine Hendler — March 25, 2014 @ 6:17 pm

    • Yes, it is happening! Our winter was harsh and long, but spring just can’t be stopped!

      Comment by montucky — March 25, 2014 @ 9:16 pm

      • Amen:)!!!!!!! I’m with y’all in spirit! I KNOW from living in harsh climes how these last few weeks can be excruciating:)! It’s coming with splendor on your beautiful land!

        Comment by Christine Hendler — March 25, 2014 @ 9:20 pm

  11. I like the focus a lot. So you’re back to clicking the old shutter again? That’s great.

    Comment by Candace — March 25, 2014 @ 8:52 pm

    • Thanks Candace. I’m very rusty at the shutter, but it’s fun to start again. My posture is not very pretty though when taking pictures of the low growing flowers. I think I must look like something that fell off a truck, but it’s wonderful to be trying!

      Comment by montucky — March 25, 2014 @ 9:18 pm

  12. Little yellow bloom equals happiness! Yellow always makes me cheer up and I needed to look at this photo of yours today, Montucky. Snow on the ground this morning and temps in the teens. Still looks and feels like winter here and no flowers or green in sight yet. :(

    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — March 26, 2014 @ 7:03 am

    • This is the first flower I’ve seen this year too.
      There was snow the day before. The cycle of spring is starting, a little later this year.

      Comment by montucky — March 26, 2014 @ 7:52 pm

  13. We’re nearly overrun with buttercups now. They’re everywhere, in greater profusion than I’ve ever seen. Maybe I’m just more attuned to wildflowers this year. They are beautiful – so sunny and springlike. I just laughed at the image of photographer-you, like a sack of turnips. Who cares? I suspect just being out there is worth it all!

    Comment by shoreacres — March 26, 2014 @ 7:06 am

    • Isn’t it great to see the wildflowers start to appear! Glad you have lots this year! I’m sure there will be many new ones in your area. Here, there will only be a few for the next month, then there will be plenty.

      Yes, it’s very good to be outside and moving around a little just in time for spring!

      Comment by montucky — March 26, 2014 @ 7:55 pm

  14. Hi Montucky, It is very exciting to get to see the new Spring flowers from underneath the melting snow. Beautiful! Have a tremendously nice weekend!

    Comment by Linda J. Woody — March 28, 2014 @ 12:14 pm

    • Yes, year after year it’s always a fresh excitement, isn’t it! Have a great weekend, Linda!

      Comment by montucky — March 29, 2014 @ 10:11 pm

  15. A beautiful start!

    Comment by The Lonely Dogs — March 28, 2014 @ 2:32 pm

    • It is! The little buttercup is so common, but so very welcome as the first of the wildflowers to bloom in spring.

      Comment by montucky — March 29, 2014 @ 10:13 pm

  16. Good to have you back, and with a great photo of spring wildflower.

    Comment by Evangeline Chavez — April 2, 2014 @ 12:25 pm

  17. Spring has sprung! Beautiful photo. Hope you are recovering well!

    Comment by WildBill — April 2, 2014 @ 4:00 pm

    • Thanks Bill! Recovering, but it’s a very slow, painful process. Looking forward to summer when I can get on a few trails again.

      Comment by montucky — April 3, 2014 @ 7:25 pm

  18. So lovely. Spring wildflowers are my favorite, because they bring hope.

    Comment by LaVagabonde — April 3, 2014 @ 11:14 pm

    • I love all of the wildflowers also for that reason. Most here are tiny but beautiful and display an attitude that greatly enhances my own!

      Comment by montucky — April 4, 2014 @ 8:43 pm

  19. Great start Terry. Very beautiful photo.

    Comment by Sartenada — April 4, 2014 @ 3:04 am

    • Thank you Matti. Spring here is developing slowly, which is perfect for me this year. During the next month the flowers will be a delight!

      Comment by montucky — April 4, 2014 @ 8:44 pm

  20. Yes it is a start….courageous little flower!

    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — April 9, 2014 @ 10:19 am

    • Yes, that species has the adventurers, but there must be a very successful strategy there because they are always numerous.

      Comment by montucky — April 9, 2014 @ 9:41 pm

  21. so, very, lovely!

    Comment by Tammie — April 15, 2014 @ 3:25 pm

    • The first buttercups in the spring are always very welcome. The sudden beauty and color of a flower after a gray and white season.

      Comment by montucky — April 15, 2014 @ 7:24 pm

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