Montana Outdoors

June 30, 2017

Today’s favorite (June 30)

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:56 pm

Common Snowberry

Common Snowberry ~ Symphoricarpos albus

This is one of the most common shrubs in North America and grows up to 5 feet tall. I have always paid attention to its pure white berries every fall, but had never until now looked closely at the very tiny pink blossoms.

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  1. Same here. When we were kids we used to pick the berries and pop them just to hear the snap.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 30, 2017 @ 11:19 pm

    • I remember doing that too. I guess the flowers were so small that I just disregarded them.

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      Comment by montucky — July 1, 2017 @ 7:28 am

  2. Really nice.

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    Comment by nvsubbaraman — July 1, 2017 @ 12:20 am

  3. What kind of close up lens are you using and camera?

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    Comment by Sharon Huff — July 1, 2017 @ 6:07 am

    • Lately I have been using a Nikon 1 J5. It is a tiny, mirrorless camera that I hike with because it weighs only 7 ounces and carries easily. I have been amazed at how well it does with closeups using just the 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm lens which will focus at a close distance. For the very small flowers (as this one is) is I use in addition a 10mm extension tube.

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      Comment by montucky — July 1, 2017 @ 7:38 am

  4. It still amazes me how “furry” so many flowers are. I suppose you could call them “hairy,” too, but this one especially seems furry to me — even though fur out to be on the outside, rather than the inside!

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    Comment by shoreacres — July 1, 2017 @ 7:00 am

    • I was very surprised to see the “furryness” in these. Maybe some day I will find out what the strategy is that causes that.

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      Comment by montucky — July 1, 2017 @ 7:30 am

  5. I’ve looked at the flowers but never noticed the hairs. I’m going to have to look even closer when I see them next week!
    I’ve tried to get decent photos of them too and it isn’t easy, so well done!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — July 1, 2017 @ 3:42 pm

  6. The Common Snowberry does not look common! Nice image! What lens do you use for your close ups!

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    Comment by Reed Andariese — July 3, 2017 @ 2:06 pm

    • You might laugh at this. I have been using just a plain old 10-30mm lens for most closeups. For very small flowers, I add a 10mm extension tube. I have been surprised at how well that seems to work, and that with the Nikon 1 camera weighs about half a pound, so it’s the camera I take most often on hikes. I also have an AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D on a D80, but it’s quite heavy. The lens is much sharper though.

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      Comment by montucky — July 3, 2017 @ 2:12 pm

  7. What a pretty flower …🙂

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — July 6, 2017 @ 12:58 am

  8. Funny how the lens can enhance what we see. Other times it may get in the way but I find it more beneficial than not.

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    Comment by Candace — July 6, 2017 @ 5:12 pm

  9. Pretty in pink, huh?

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — July 7, 2017 @ 1:42 pm


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