Montana Outdoors

March 7, 2016

Spring is developing quickly now

Filed under: Flowers, Spring, Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:08 pm

Today the first crocus of the season is starting to bloom:


and the first Bumble bee of the new year made its appearance. (This was a “hip shot”: the Bumble was a very quick and very busy bee).

Bumble bee on Buttercup

The first Draba verna is also blooming on a warm cliff just above the river.

Whitlow grass

Whitlow grass


  1. Nice to see.

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    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — March 7, 2016 @ 9:13 pm

    • Yes, It’s wonderful to see the flowers starting to bloom again!


      Comment by montucky — March 7, 2016 @ 9:15 pm

  2. Beautiful shots. hard to believe flowers are blooming in Montana already.


    Comment by Michael Andrew Just — March 7, 2016 @ 10:13 pm

    • Thanks! This area is often called the “banana belt” of Montana. It is sheltered by several mountain ranges and has a little more mild climate than other regions.


      Comment by montucky — March 7, 2016 @ 10:21 pm

  3. Wonderful to see after such a long winter.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — March 8, 2016 @ 12:03 am

  4. Beautiful pictures. Also here in the UK everywhere is coming to life again. I love this time of year.

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    Comment by Finn Holding — March 8, 2016 @ 2:53 am

  5. Beautiful pics! The hip shot worked very well! We saw a butterfly here yesterday, perhaps not surprising in view of the mild winter.

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — March 8, 2016 @ 3:13 am

    • Thanks Jo. That bee was in a great hurry to get his things done. Seems there is an aura of haste when the world begins to regenerate.


      Comment by montucky — March 8, 2016 @ 10:15 am

  6. The crocus shot is particularly lovely!

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    Comment by Candace — March 8, 2016 @ 8:37 am

    • Thanks Candace. That little crocus gets very little care, but it has bloomed early every spring for over twenty years now and I always look forward to it.

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      Comment by montucky — March 8, 2016 @ 10:17 am

  7. Hi Montucky, I am oohing and aahing about your pictures – especially that top one with the purple Crocus! Wow! Have a great day.


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — March 8, 2016 @ 12:08 pm

  8. It’s great to see both the flowers and bees. I haven’t seen either one here yet unless you count skunk cabbage,


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — March 8, 2016 @ 4:12 pm

    • I was thinking that things were early this year, but my photo archives show they are about normal.


      Comment by montucky — March 8, 2016 @ 9:42 pm

  9. No Draba verna in Texas! But it is lovely, and I especially like the petals. They make the flower look like a little garden whirly-gig. As for the crocus: well, who doesn’t like a little saturated color in the spring? It’s just beautiful. No wonder you look forward to its flowering.

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    Comment by shoreacres — March 8, 2016 @ 5:03 pm

    • Draba verna is very pretty but so small it is usually overlooked. The flower is only about 1/8 inch across.


      Comment by montucky — March 8, 2016 @ 9:43 pm

  10. How pretty that leaf pattern is of the Draba verna is.

    Reminds me of an Australian native I’ve seen by the nearly river. I love the first Spring flowers and changing of the seasons. Hope you are getting out for more hikes now the weather is warming up.


    Comment by Vicki — March 8, 2016 @ 9:01 pm

    • It’s good to see the new flowers starting to bloom, and especially nice to see the bee already. The first Robins have come this week too. It’s below freezing tonight though.


      Comment by montucky — March 8, 2016 @ 9:46 pm

  11. PS I should have proof-read that comment I just made, but you will know what I mean in those couple of typos.

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    Comment by Vicki — March 8, 2016 @ 9:03 pm

  12. I sighed with pleasure at your first pic, Terry. It’s magical. I love the way the detailed red centre appears to be peaking out from a mysterious dark cave. Gorgeous bee shot too. Spring has sprung. 🙂

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    Comment by Jane — March 9, 2016 @ 3:58 am

    • These are the first few that bloom here. It will still be several weeks before the rest of the flowers start to bloom, and then many species will become active.

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      Comment by montucky — March 9, 2016 @ 9:42 am

  13. it looks like i should take a trip south, i do that every year, to visit spring
    no flowers here yet
    but i do see a blade of grass here and there coming to life, also some snow flurries today, just a stormy moment in the day
    lovely to see your photos

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    Comment by Tammie — March 9, 2016 @ 5:00 am

    • It’s getting green here now and the first flowers are beginning to bloom, but it will be several more weeks before many more get active. I’m really looking forward to April!


      Comment by montucky — March 9, 2016 @ 9:44 am

  14. Looks like spring has sprung. Coming a bit slowly here because the weather is fluctuating so much between warm and colder temps. But oh, it will be wonderful when it gets here!


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — March 11, 2016 @ 10:00 am

  15. Each season is complete with its own wonders, isn’t it.


    Comment by montucky — March 11, 2016 @ 9:59 pm

  16. I don’t find the Draba drab.


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — March 12, 2016 @ 8:32 am

    • What’s in a name, I guess! They are pretty basic and very small, but welcome, as one of the earliest blossoms to appear.


      Comment by montucky — March 12, 2016 @ 9:26 am

  17. Beautiful spring collection :)! Great shots. Bye. Kamila

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    Comment by Kamila Pala — March 14, 2016 @ 9:44 am

  18. I love the first photo especially. We just came from the walk on the Lake Saimaa. Yes, is frozen and has snow cover where Nordic skiers go.


    Comment by Sartenada — March 15, 2016 @ 3:24 am

    • There was a brief snow shower here this morning too. That’s pretty normal for March.


      Comment by montucky — March 15, 2016 @ 9:15 am

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