Montana Outdoors

April 18, 2017

Glacier Lilies ~ Avalanche Lilies

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 6:38 pm

Glacier lily, Avalanche Lily

Glacier Lily ~ Erythronium grandiflorum

Glacier lily, Avalanche Lily

Glacier lily, Avalanche Lily

White Shooting Star

(And a somewhat rare white Shooting Star)

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  1. Stunning.

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    Comment by lmachayes — April 18, 2017 @ 6:45 pm

    • They sure are pretty, aren’t they! That’s why I have such a love for wildflowers.

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      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2017 @ 7:57 pm

  2. Beautiful, similar to our Trout Lilies!

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    Comment by centralohionature — April 18, 2017 @ 7:12 pm

  3. I’ve never seen the trout lilies, but they and the glacier lilies share the same genus.

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    Comment by montucky — April 18, 2017 @ 7:58 pm

  4. So delicate and a unique design. You’ve captured all the details on these.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — April 18, 2017 @ 9:11 pm

  5. Beautiful shots – so crisp and sharp.
    The Avalanche Lilies are just as lovely as the White Shooting Star flower.

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    Comment by Vicki — April 19, 2017 @ 2:28 am

    • Thank you Vicki. I have seen these in many decades of springs now, but each time they are fresh and amazing.

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      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2017 @ 7:40 am

  6. God’s creation/ Nature’s manifestation at its. best. Congrats and thanks.

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    Comment by nvsubbaraman — April 19, 2017 @ 5:15 am

    • Of all flowers, I like Nature’s wiildflowers the best.

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      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2017 @ 7:42 am

  7. They look delicate. The white shooting star is so unique too.

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — April 19, 2017 @ 9:37 am

  8. Beautiful!! We don’t have glacier lilies growing wild here but we have some in the garden, which are just opening now.

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — April 19, 2017 @ 12:30 pm

  9. Good to see you posting more as I so look forward to them. Are they also called Avalanche Lilly’s because they grow where an avalanche has passed?

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    Comment by Ron Mangels — April 19, 2017 @ 2:48 pm

    • Thanks Ron! I have tried to find why they are now called “Avalanche-lilies” almost exclusively, but I have not found that out.

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      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2017 @ 6:10 pm

  10. Beautiful! Our trout lilies should be blossoming this weekend. They’re cousins of your glacier lilies.
    The white shooting star was a great find. I love it when things like that happen!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — April 19, 2017 @ 3:24 pm

  11. These are wonderful. I love the names – avalanche and glacier – and the white Shooting Star! What a fun thing to see. Beautiful photos.

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — April 19, 2017 @ 6:49 pm

    • Beyond doubt this is my favorite time of year. What a mood-changer wildflowers can be!

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      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2017 @ 7:13 pm

  12. I’ve come to look forward to these every year. I seem to forget, from season to season, how truly beautiful they are. I wouldn’t want to disrespect our day lilies, but these really are special. And that white shooting star is something. I love finding color variations like that — it is like a special little gift.

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    Comment by shoreacres — April 19, 2017 @ 7:23 pm

    • You know, I often think too that flowers wouldn’t be nearly as pretty if they didn’t show up right after a cold, dark winter. They are the essence of a spring celebration.

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      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2017 @ 8:07 pm

      • Even here, where winter isn’t quite so dramatic, it’s wonderful to see the flowers appearing. This year, it’s been very much a now-you-see-them, now-you-don’t sort of thing. The different species are coming and going quickly — I saw milkweed with pods developing last weekend!

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        Comment by shoreacres — April 19, 2017 @ 8:26 pm

        • This year is certainly different. Today most of the assortment of flowers that usually are in bloom this time of year along the trail are just showing leaves so far. This was a good comparrison because this was the 7th year in a row that I made this hike on the 18th or 19th of April.

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          Comment by montucky — April 19, 2017 @ 8:32 pm

  13. Beautiful. I love the Shooting Star. Does this mean that you will have to make another visit this year to get them at their peak?

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    Comment by Candace — April 19, 2017 @ 11:05 pm

    • I usually hike the closer trails several times during spring and summer. So much depends on the weather. If the snow pack melts soon it will open some of the higher trails and I will want to see them as soon as possible. If it stays around then I will make repeat trips to the trails that are hikable.

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      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2017 @ 11:14 pm

  14. love details in your beautiful portraits.

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    Comment by Tammie — April 20, 2017 @ 10:03 pm

    • Thanks Tammie. I try to capture those details so folks can see the tiny flowers better than it is usually possible with the naked eye. They deserve to be seen and appreciated.

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      Comment by montucky — April 21, 2017 @ 7:10 am

  15. They are lovely. I enjoyed seeing them. Thank You.

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    Comment by Sartenada — April 26, 2017 @ 1:48 am


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