Montana Outdoors

May 1, 2018

Bluebells

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 7:11 pm

This time of year, when the bluebells first start to bloom, photographing them is not an activity for the faint of heart. Near here the earliest ones can be found at about the four thousand foot level on the open but nearly vertical slopes along Forest Service road 5587 which takes off from the Weeksville road and provides access to the trail head for Big Hole Peak and Lookout. After digging footholds in the mountainside with your boots so you can climb the slope, you then get into the prone position with your toes dug in to enable you to stay there and take your photos. (A prone position on those slopes leaves you with your chin in the dirt and still only about ten degrees from vertical.) Getting back down is much harder than going up, but assuming you make it without a major injury, it’s worth it to see the first ones in bloom. (And of course, today it was raining.)

Small Bluebells

Small Bluebells

Small Bluebells

Small Bluebells

Small Bluebells ~ Mertensia longiflora

Here’s where these are growing: photo taken from the road overlooking part of the Clark Fork River valley and the upper slopes of Big Hole Peak.

Big Hole country

33 Comments »

  1. You sure went above and beyond to get these photos, but the bluebells are so pretty, I’m glad you did!

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    Comment by Candice — May 1, 2018 @ 9:29 pm

    • They sure are pretty, aren’t they. Glad you liked them. That’s part of the fun of photographing these mountain flowers. Also one of the reasons why many species are seldom seen up close.

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      Comment by montucky — May 1, 2018 @ 9:43 pm

  2. That’s dedication well rewarded.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — May 1, 2018 @ 11:54 pm

  3. Well worth the climb and thank you for braving the steep slope to get a shot to share.

    (your Bluebells are gorgeous).

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    Comment by Vicki — May 2, 2018 @ 3:09 am

    • My comments on the slope were an attempt at humor, but true nevertheless. It’s part of the fun of photographing wild things.

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      Comment by montucky — May 2, 2018 @ 8:35 am

  4. beautiful photos! Your tough climb was truly rewarded.

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    Comment by gwennym — May 2, 2018 @ 7:24 am

  5. Oh my goodness! I didn’t realize you went to such lengths to capture these gorgeous photos for us! The bluebells are just amazing.

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — May 2, 2018 @ 10:38 am

    • Getting there is half the fun. It is so nice to see wildflowers again that a small effort to get a photo isn’t a problem.

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      Comment by montucky — May 2, 2018 @ 7:32 pm

  6. It was indeed worth it and I can appreciate the effort. The things we’ll do to see them!
    Such a beautiful color. I wish we had them here.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — May 2, 2018 @ 2:59 pm

    • I’m sure you know exactly what it’s like. I wish you had them there too. I look forward to seeing them every year and would be sad if I missed them.

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      Comment by montucky — May 2, 2018 @ 7:33 pm

  7. Wow, amazing, I think walking a couple miles is a big deal, haha. You really go for it. Beautiful shots.

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    Comment by Candace — May 2, 2018 @ 7:27 pm

    • It’s just what you are used to, Candace. I would rather get out and see the flowers than about anything else I can think of.

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      Comment by montucky — May 2, 2018 @ 7:38 pm

  8. Very nice! Plus. What dedication to get the shots! Be careful!!!

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    Comment by Reed Andariese — May 3, 2018 @ 12:30 am

    • After taking these photos Tuesday I hiked another trail yesterday where I found bluebells to be very plentiful about two miles up and many right next to the trail.

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      Comment by montucky — May 3, 2018 @ 8:35 am

  9. I had to laugh at your comment about finding more of these beauties in a more convenient place. Isn’t that just the way? We never know when a sighting may be our only one, so we make that extra effort. Then, perhaps as a reward, nature provides a few (or many) more. Still, there’s something about putting out a little effort that only increases the satisfaction of a beautiful image. Even if no one else knows what the image cost, we (and the flowers) do.

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    Comment by shoreacres — May 3, 2018 @ 8:05 pm

    • Photos are definitely more satisfying when you work for them. You are right that a sighting may be the only one so I always try. If I find better, that’s still OK.

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      Comment by montucky — May 3, 2018 @ 8:19 pm

  10. Well done for hanging on with your fingertips! Beautiful photos.

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — May 5, 2018 @ 9:10 am

    • Thanks. Their color really stands out this time of year and I would hate to miss seeing them.

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      Comment by montucky — May 5, 2018 @ 9:32 am

  11. Aren’t they delightful! I’m scared of heights so I’m guessing I wouldn’t be taking pics of these bluebells 🙂

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — May 6, 2018 @ 1:25 pm

  12. Blue is my favorite color – yes, love Your photos and the text also. Thank You also sowing where You have found them.

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    Comment by Sartenada — May 8, 2018 @ 12:48 am

    • This is a great flower for those of who love blue! Even though they are fairly small, you can see them at quite a distance.

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      Comment by montucky — May 8, 2018 @ 8:42 am

  13. Really impressive!

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    Comment by Beth — May 13, 2018 @ 2:41 pm

  14. Stunning pictures!

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    Comment by CAJ Spirituality — May 14, 2018 @ 9:03 am


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