Montana Outdoors

July 8, 2014

Growing in the spotlight

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:53 pm

Ocean Spray, Creambush

Ocean Spray ~ Holodiscus discolor

Even in a deep forest there are small places where sunlight peeks through and this fairly large plant found its own spotlight in which to flourish.

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  1. What a gorgeous plant, I really like the fairy like blooms

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    Comment by Charlie@Seattle Trekker — July 8, 2014 @ 9:11 pm

    • I think it’s gorgeous too. It grows large and bold and it needs a decent forest for a backdrop.

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      Comment by montucky — July 8, 2014 @ 9:53 pm

  2. That’s a great shot of it. We have it here too, and it’s usually near honeysuckle. Do you find that that’s the case where you are too?

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — July 8, 2014 @ 9:56 pm

    • Yes, it does share the same kind of habitat. The bloom of the honeysuckle is about over now and the Ocean Spray is in high gear.

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      Comment by montucky — July 8, 2014 @ 10:10 pm

  3. Very effective photo (having the dark background). Shows up the tiny parts of the flower really well.
    I’m often amazed at what grows in little pockets of light in the forest.

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    Comment by Vicki — July 8, 2014 @ 9:58 pm

    • Forests hold all kind of delights, don’t they! This scene just leapt out at me when I walked down the trail.

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      Comment by montucky — July 8, 2014 @ 10:12 pm

  4. That’s a beautiful plant that I’ve never seen or heard of. I love walking through the woods and finding plants spotlighted like that. It’s as if they want you to find and admire them.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — July 9, 2014 @ 4:34 am

    • I love that too.And every few moments the spotlights move again.

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      Comment by montucky — July 9, 2014 @ 6:52 pm

  5. I’ve been working on a poem that speaks to this sense of flowers/plants living between shadow and light. Beautiful !

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — July 9, 2014 @ 4:59 am

    • Plants are amazing things, where they live, how they live, what their individual survival strategies are. I wish I knew a lot more!

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      Comment by montucky — July 9, 2014 @ 6:54 pm

  6. Thanks for sharing Terry these are beautiful, great work !!

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    Comment by Bernie Kasper — July 9, 2014 @ 8:20 am

    • Thanks Bernie. That was a scene already composed. All I had to do was be there.

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      Comment by montucky — July 9, 2014 @ 6:54 pm

  7. The thing we have here that looks closest to that is elderberry. They are in bloom everywhere now. But they don’t look quite the same as your Ocean Spray.

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    Comment by jomegat — July 9, 2014 @ 5:20 pm

    • They do remind me somewhat of elderberry, which is in bloom now here as well. They choose slightly different habitat though.

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      Comment by montucky — July 9, 2014 @ 6:56 pm

  8. Very beautiful! Not found in Finland – I had to check it.

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    Comment by Sartenada — July 10, 2014 @ 2:29 am

    • I think this one is unique to the western part of the U.S. and Canada.

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      Comment by montucky — July 10, 2014 @ 7:22 pm

  9. Hi Montucky, Yes, plants need and seek that precious sunlight deep in the forest. Great picture. Have a pleasant day today and a fine day again tomorrow!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — July 10, 2014 @ 10:51 am

    • They all figure out ways to get some of that light, don’t they! Have a great day too!

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      Comment by montucky — July 10, 2014 @ 7:23 pm

  10. I think the best part about being a botanist (is that right?) would be getting to name the plants…Ocean Spray is a great name!

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    Comment by Billy — July 10, 2014 @ 2:04 pm

  11. so very lovely~

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    Comment by Tammie — July 11, 2014 @ 12:59 pm

  12. I’m often reminded of the importance of scientific names when I go looking for information. Searching only for “Ocean Spray” turns up a good bit about cranberry juice manufacturing before you get to the flower! I did see that it’s also called ironwood, because its hard wood was used for tools, weapons, furniture, and so on. And it’s one that begins coming back quickly after fires – it’s not only beautiful, it’s useful.

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    Comment by shoreacres — July 11, 2014 @ 8:37 pm

    • Yes, it was used by the native people for many uses. I’ve read that they used it to make bows, but I can’t remember seeing large enough limbs to use for that. I’ll have to look more closely. Perhaps I can find a large one for a hiking staff, although there isn’t much wrong with the one I’ve been using since 2008, made out of Black Hawthorn.

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      Comment by montucky — July 11, 2014 @ 9:10 pm

  13. I love the darkness of a lush landscape, both in real life and in photos.

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    Comment by Candace — July 11, 2014 @ 10:55 pm

    • Yes, so do I. It is always lush in most of these deep canyons, even when the summer heat dries out the open valleys.

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      Comment by montucky — July 12, 2014 @ 4:04 pm

  14. I expect this plant came to be called ocean spray because Anglo settlers first observed it along the Pacific coast. I was surprised to find that this species is in the rose family.

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — July 14, 2014 @ 9:17 pm

  15. I just found and figured out what this plant is this past week. I feel in love with it’s lovely blossoms.

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    Comment by Tammie — July 21, 2014 @ 6:52 pm


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