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.


  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?


    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.


      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.


      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.


      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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