Montana Outdoors

March 30, 2015

A two photo day

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 7:09 pm

Yellow Bell ~ Fritillaria pudica

Yellow Bell ~ Fritillaria pudica

Yellow Bell ~ Fritillaria pudica

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  1. same, yet different. do you know if they are male and female flowers?

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    Comment by gypsythyme — March 30, 2015 @ 7:14 pm

    • To the best of my knowledge, the colors do not differentiate male and female, they are just variations of the blossoms.

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      Comment by montucky — March 30, 2015 @ 7:58 pm

  2. Beautiful close-ups.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — March 30, 2015 @ 7:38 pm

    • Thanks. As if I didn’t have enough photos of them, but these two were standing extraordinarily tall, and if I would not display them, no one at all would ever see them.

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      Comment by montucky — March 30, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

  3. Is that a blush creeping down (or up) the petals…?

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    Comment by seekraz — March 30, 2015 @ 9:35 pm

    • I had never thought of that, but they do turn a shade of red at the end of the life of the blossom, but it is more of an orange-red, and seems to be the entire petal turning color with age.

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      Comment by montucky — March 30, 2015 @ 9:42 pm

      • More of the sweet subtleties of nature…..

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        Comment by seekraz — March 30, 2015 @ 9:44 pm

        • Yes. If I ever think I know everything, all I have to do is take a short hike to get my humility back.

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          Comment by montucky — March 30, 2015 @ 10:09 pm

  4. Nice shots!

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    Comment by Harold Rhenisch — March 30, 2015 @ 10:56 pm

    • Thanks Harold. One of the very simple flower constructions, but still difficult to photograph.

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      Comment by montucky — March 31, 2015 @ 8:13 am

  5. Your flower close-ups are so lovely…sighh…! And so far the only thing I recognise as common to Britain too is the beautiful garden crocus. Fascinating to be offered a glimpse of your wild flowers, all exotic blooms to me.

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    Comment by dancingbeastie — March 31, 2015 @ 4:05 am

    • It’s always interesting to me to find which flowers can be found in other places. I am very passionate about our little forest wildflowers and have many thousand photos of them. In the small area through which I tend to wander, (only about a thousand square miles) I have found and photographed over 200 different species.

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      Comment by montucky — March 31, 2015 @ 8:16 am

  6. The results make it clear that you didn’t fritter away your time on Fritillaria.

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — March 31, 2015 @ 5:07 am

    • I have hundreds of photos of them, but when they stand to tall and prime, who can resist!

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      Comment by montucky — March 31, 2015 @ 8:17 am

  7. I like these but I am partial to yellow. I often wonder at variations in flowers and what difference, if any, they make to the flower’s success.

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    Comment by burstmode — March 31, 2015 @ 5:36 am

    • I wonder too, but nature keeps on improving the design.

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      Comment by montucky — March 31, 2015 @ 8:17 am

  8. Nice to see the wildflowers making a comeback. This one must be one of your earliest.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — March 31, 2015 @ 6:29 am

  9. This first image is particularly stunning. I hope you have framed it!

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    Comment by Where God Takes Me — March 31, 2015 @ 10:13 am

    • Thank you! I really wish I could frame my favorites, and perhaps will some day. I don’t know what I would do with them though.

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      Comment by montucky — March 31, 2015 @ 8:13 pm

  10. Simple and elegant. I especially like the first against the black background.

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    Comment by Candace — March 31, 2015 @ 10:02 pm

    • Thanks. That really describes that flower. Very simple, clean design, but one that is recognizable from a long distance.

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      Comment by montucky — April 1, 2015 @ 1:24 pm

  11. Speaking of framing, I really like the way the leaves in the second photo seem to frame the blossom.

    The name, yellow bells, reminded me of the song we used to sing at camp and elsewhere: “White Coral Bells.” I started wondering about it, and found an explanation in a 2004 garden section of NY Times. It says: “Many gardeners recall the old children’s round that starts: ”White coral bells upon a slender stalk/lilies of the valley deck my garden walk.” And no doubt many have noticed the seeming contradiction. Lilies of the valley (Convallaria majalus) have white, bell-like flowers and narrow, upright bright green leaves. Coral bells are bushy, broad-leafed plants, and their flowers are typically red. Both plants can be called coral bells because coral can be milky white as well as its namesake orange-red, and in the days when coral jewelry was common, everybody knew it.”

    Too bad your yellow bells don’t have a song!

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    Comment by shoreacres — April 1, 2015 @ 7:11 pm

    • Perhaps Yellow Bells really do have a song, at least here they do. It is the wonderful song of the Robin which returns from its winter migration at the same time as the yellow bells begin to bloom.

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      Comment by montucky — April 1, 2015 @ 8:51 pm

      • Oh, lucky you! The song of the robin is the song I grew up with. Confession: I found an hour-long recording of robins singing on youtube, and now and then I play it, just because. 🙂

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        Comment by shoreacres — April 1, 2015 @ 8:52 pm

        • The Robin has a special song it sings just before a rain, and you would have loved to hear their rain songs last evening, the first I’ve heard this year. It did rain during the night.

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          Comment by montucky — April 1, 2015 @ 8:58 pm

  12. I do love your close-ups of flowers. Lovely details and atmosphere.

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    Comment by Jane — April 1, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

  13. Nice photography study! Thank You.

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    Comment by Sartenada — April 2, 2015 @ 12:48 am

  14. ahhh, so they are blooming. you have honored them beautifully.

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    Comment by Tammie — April 4, 2015 @ 2:16 pm

    • Thank you Tammie. Yes, and yesterday I found some blue bells and an early blue violet.

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      Comment by montucky — April 4, 2015 @ 7:36 pm


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