So nice and sharp (the focus). Beautiful flowers, considering no one planted them or is feeding and watering them. When you look at the designs in the flowers you have to admire nature’s awesome creations.
You sure do. Mother Nature has had a few million years more experience tending Her gardens than we do. I wish our worthless government bureaucrats would think of that when they start fooling with the “management” of our forests.
When I was a kid we used to pull the innards out of honeysuckle blossoms and lick off all the nectar, and then suck it out of the flower. I think of that every time I see a honey suckle, but haven’t done it in years. Maybe I should again!
I can hardly believe that’s a wild flower – look at the colour! Amazing. I love the way you photograph flowers – are these recent ones taken at night? It gives them a kind of magical quality, as if you’re attending some kind of midnight festival!
These were taken on a very dark, rainy day and because my camera doesn’t like low-light situations and it’s usually impossible to use a tripod for the wildflowers here the places they grow, I used the flash.
I love these myself. They give a very comfortable, happy feel with their rich colors. They produce very long, robust vines and the flowers can sometimes be seen in fir trees and always toward the top of the lower brush.
It is! We are expecting higher temperatures next week and dry weather; I hope for not too long. We have had enough volume of rain that it is benefitting the trees too. It’s a good year for the wild country!
Just wonderful. We have three orange climbers and creepers that I used to conflate into a single category: orange flowers. None are as purely orange as this beauty, though. The one that comes closest might be the common trumpet vine, also known as trumpet honeysuckle. As you mention, they all draw hummingbirds, butterflies, and I suppose bees. The City Council of a nearby small town was rather surprised when its chambers were stormed a couple of years ago after city crews hacked down some beautiful stands of trumpet vine that weren’t hurting anyone. Let’s just say the plant lovers were peaceful but vocal.
I know of only a few orange wildflowers. There is a species of Indian Paintbrush (Suksdorf’s Indian paintbrush ~ Castilleja suksdorfii) that is bright orange and I’ve found it in only one rather remote location. There are a couple of species of Hawksweed that are rather orange too.
I’d be unhappy with anyone unnecessarily cutting down trumpet vines too. I get quite upset with the county weed control children and their seemingly mindless efforts as it is.
Beautiful! And I loved your reply above regarding “land management” by our government. Yes nature has done quite well for eons without our “help”:) I was just in my GA cabin in the woodsvexpressing the same thing…my garden is God’s garden…I have very little to do with what is beautiful & blooming:) Thank you for all your wonderful pix & posts!
I’m glad that you agreed with my comment, Christine. In just the small area of western Montana where I roam I have found over two hundred species of wildflowers that are still flourishing with no help from our “management”. I wonder how many have become extinct though because of that management.
Your comment made my day!