Montana Outdoors

April 7, 2016

It’s easy to get carried away when the wildflowers start blooming!

Holly-leaf Oregon-grape

Holly-leaf Oregon-grape, Berberis aquifolium

Lanceleaf Springbeauty

Lanceleaf Springbeauty

Lanceleaf Springbeauty

Lanceleaf Springbeauty, Claytonia lanceolata

Blue-eyed Mary

Blue-eyed Mary

Blue-eyed Mary ~ Collinsia parviflora

Unknown

Unknown

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  1. I don’t recognize that last one but that’s no surprise sine our plants often look very different. Your spring beauty for instance, looks very different than ours. But all the same it’s still great to see them!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — April 7, 2016 @ 3:17 pm

    • I agree that it’s nice to see them even though I’m often befuzzled about the exact species.

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      Comment by montucky — April 7, 2016 @ 3:31 pm

  2. I like the unknown best. Maybe when it blooms you can id. The leaves look familiar – it’s right on the tip of my tongue. – Lynn

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    Comment by Lynn Millar — April 7, 2016 @ 4:57 pm

    • The “unknown” looks a lot like Pussytoes, but it’s tiny, only a little over 1/8 inch across. I think what it snows is actually its bloom.

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      Comment by montucky — April 7, 2016 @ 5:01 pm

  3. Yes, that is definitely my favourite blue.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — April 7, 2016 @ 5:34 pm

  4. Very nice photos of flowers that are lovely and unknown to me.

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    Comment by bentehaarstad — April 7, 2016 @ 5:37 pm

  5. Hi Montucky, My vote is the oh-so-lovely Blue Eyed Mary! Gorgeous photographs! Have a great day tomorrow!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — April 7, 2016 @ 6:39 pm

  6. They’re all lovely — and I wholly understand your impulse to post them together. The more I look around, the more I find, and many of them I swear I’ve never seen before. There are so many tiny ones, as you say. Stopping to examine even a small area can reveal an unbelievable number of species. Add in the grasses, and it starts to feel overwhelming. Trying to ID grasses is a path straight into really confusing territory!

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    Comment by shoreacres — April 7, 2016 @ 8:35 pm

    • Wildflowers are a passion for me. In just the territory where I generally roam I have identified over 200 different species and add to that every year. Plant life is simply incredible!

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      Comment by montucky — April 7, 2016 @ 8:51 pm

  7. I love wildflowers! Lovely photos! ♡ I’ve been on a wildflower chase since end of February here in Southern California. 🙂

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    Comment by HikingGirlWithDog — April 8, 2016 @ 3:59 pm

  8. Still a long way from wildflowers here so it’s a real treat to see yours …. beautiful photos.

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — April 8, 2016 @ 5:50 pm

    • We’ve had about a week of unseasonably warm weather and the plants are really responding to it.

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      Comment by montucky — April 8, 2016 @ 6:43 pm

  9. Just gorgeous. I can see why you would get carried away when the Spring flowers come out.
    Love the Oregon Grape (especially as my shots of the same species are rather feeble in comparison – I very nearly posted one tonight and am now glad I didn’t).

    I wonder what the bottom flower will be (when it opens).

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    Comment by Vicki — April 9, 2016 @ 6:46 am

    • Thanks Vicki. This time of year I’m like a little kid on an Easter egg hunt with all the pretty patches of color showing up.
      I think those are the flowers in that last photo. I’ve seen several species that bloom that way, strange as it is.

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      Comment by montucky — April 9, 2016 @ 8:28 am

  10. I love that you get carried away, it’d understandable! Beautiful close-ups!

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    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — April 9, 2016 @ 8:26 am

    • Thanks! It’s easy to develop a fascination with the wildflowers. They possess so much beauty and pose so many questions.

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      Comment by montucky — April 9, 2016 @ 8:30 am

  11. You’re going to get sick of me saying how beautiful these shots are, but it’s true. 🙂

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    Comment by Jane — April 10, 2016 @ 6:19 am

    • Thank you Jane. It’s easy to fall in love with wildflowers. They seem to carry a message; there is a reason for them and a purpose, and I wish I knew exactly what each means.

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      Comment by montucky — April 10, 2016 @ 10:33 pm

  12. I appreciate highly Your efforts when seeking for these beautiful flowers, which You show to us!

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    Comment by Sartenada — April 13, 2016 @ 12:42 am

    • Finding and photographing wildflowers is probably the thing that I like most these days.

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      Comment by montucky — April 13, 2016 @ 2:27 pm

  13. Wow, 200 species, that’s impressive. I think I need to head to the forest soon.

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    Comment by Candace — April 18, 2016 @ 6:55 pm

    • You would love spending some time here in late spring or early summer. Hiking the trails is like a big treasure hunt.

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      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2016 @ 8:06 pm


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