Montana Outdoors

February 8, 2018

A second visit to Buttercup Ridge

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 7:39 pm

There was a little sun this afternoon so I took advantage of it to re-visit Buttercup Ridge and found quite a number of buttercups in bloom in the customary 20’ X 50’ place on the ridge; none anywhere else around for miles.

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush Buttercup
 

I took two pictures of the following pair with different settings and couldn’t decide which I liked best.

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush Buttercups ~ Ranunculus glaberrimus

Advertisements

36 Comments »

  1. Almost spring looking!  

    Like

    Comment by Sharon Huff — February 8, 2018 @ 7:51 pm

    • Just a brief interlude. These hardy little flowers will see more snow before spring really arrives.

      Like

      Comment by montucky — February 8, 2018 @ 7:56 pm

  2. WOW! Your buttercups provide a sharp contrast to my black and white snow shots today!

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by lmachayes — February 8, 2018 @ 8:05 pm

    • They sure do, but we’ll have several more snows before spring. The buttercups bloom in this tiny location a couple of months before anywhere else around. I don’t know why.

      Like

      Comment by montucky — February 8, 2018 @ 8:10 pm

  3. Great photog work!

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by doubledacres — February 8, 2018 @ 9:07 pm

  4. They always make me smile, partly because I can hear my dad saying, “What’s up, Buttercup?” I like both of those last photos; I might title the one with the soft focus “Dreaming Of Spring.” When I went out and about this past Sunday, the buttercup patch I’d found had some additions: three cows who were happily munching away on the flowers and foliage. I suspect they appreciated the change from their winter hay bales.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by shoreacres — February 8, 2018 @ 9:55 pm

    • Your area is far ahead of ours. We have only this small patch where anything blooms before late March, but I anticipate seeing these early ones every year. Snow is forecast here for tomorrow. I’m longing for the time when our wildflower season starts.
      I was playing with the depth of field on the two shots. (My macro lens has a very shallow depth of field.) “Dreaming of Spring” was taken at f/4; the other at f/32.

      Like

      Comment by montucky — February 8, 2018 @ 10:09 pm

  5. Lucky you. Ours are just little clusters of leaves at the moment, in deer footprints between the rocks.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Harold Rhenisch — February 8, 2018 @ 10:33 pm

    • I don’t know why they bloom so early in that small location. I’ve wondered if the Bighorn droppings all over the area have have anything to do with it. There aren’t even any leaves anywhere else.

      Like

      Comment by montucky — February 8, 2018 @ 10:47 pm

  6. Wonderful to see these flowers – like the first rays of sunshine!

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Jo Woolf — February 9, 2018 @ 6:02 am

    • They are a treat this time of year especially. This morning though they are covered by 3 inches of new snow.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by montucky — February 9, 2018 @ 9:36 am

  7. Very nice buttercup species, and photos of them.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by bentehaarstad — February 9, 2018 @ 6:26 am

  8. Great series. What a wonderful sign of the coming Spring.
    I guess it might be a case of once the first lot blooms, all of a sudden every other wildflower follows 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Vicki — February 9, 2018 @ 6:35 am

    • These were just a preview. We’re back in winter again this morning. The snow plows are out.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by montucky — February 9, 2018 @ 9:40 am

  9. Bright little spots of color….just what I needed on yet another snowy day. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — February 9, 2018 @ 8:06 am

    • Yes, it was nice to see them. I’m glad that I took advantage of the brief time of sun yesterday. This morning it’s snowing again with about 3 inches on the ground.

      Like

      Comment by montucky — February 9, 2018 @ 9:45 am

  10. These buttercups are like your own private spring garden. And you don’t even need to weed it! Beautiful photos!

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — February 9, 2018 @ 9:47 am

    • Thanks. That is a rare place, public because it is in the Lolo National Forest, but private because it’s such an ornery place to get to that no one else ever goes there. The animal sign there tells me that I share it with elk, deer and bighorn sheep.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by montucky — February 9, 2018 @ 9:54 am

  11. They really are lovely!

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by de Wets Wild — February 9, 2018 @ 8:37 pm

    • They are among the hardiest and simplest of all our wildflowers and they are very common. Those things would tend to get them ignored, but they are the very first to bloom as spring approaches and that makes them more noticed and welcomed than most of the other flowers. (There must be a moral in there somewhere…)

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by montucky — February 9, 2018 @ 8:45 pm

      • Familiarity breeds contempt, they say, and it seems that’s true for many people’s interaction with the natural world as well…

        Liked by 1 person

        Comment by de Wets Wild — February 9, 2018 @ 8:51 pm

        • I think that’s very true. Another tendency, the fear of the unknown, keeps many from seeing and therefore understanding the wilderness and the unfamiliar things that it contains.

          Liked by 1 person

          Comment by montucky — February 9, 2018 @ 9:13 pm

  12. i was going to ask if other people know about your secret buttercup garden but it sounds as though you are the only biped visitor.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Candace — February 10, 2018 @ 12:16 am

    • I have not seen signs of anyone else visiting there, Although I’m sure someone has. It may be very rare for anyone to visit this time of year though because it’s just not a typical place to visit in winter. Other times of year, of course, the buttercups aren’t blooming and I can’t remember seeing other wildflowers there.

      Like

      Comment by montucky — February 10, 2018 @ 9:41 am

  13. They are sunshiny beautiful! What a special little space to visit!

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — February 10, 2018 @ 8:43 am

    • Yes, it is a special little place.I like to think of it as my own little retreat.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by montucky — February 10, 2018 @ 9:42 am

  14. Very beautiful. The fourth photo from the top is my favorite one.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2018 @ 1:34 am

    • I like that one too. That little flower makes its home amidst a “forest” of moss.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by montucky — February 13, 2018 @ 9:31 am

  15. Aren’t they lovely .. with that happy pop of yellow!

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — February 14, 2018 @ 1:57 am

    • They will be common in a few more months, but these few are very special right now.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by montucky — February 14, 2018 @ 9:24 am

  16. Such lovely little beings and photos of them.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Tammie — February 14, 2018 @ 4:02 pm

    • They are lovely. Right now they are weathering more snow and very cold nights.

      Like

      Comment by montucky — February 14, 2018 @ 7:56 pm


RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: