Montana Outdoors

May 23, 2018

Small-flowered Penstemons

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:46 pm

Yesterday on a hike on the Spring Creek trail I found some of (I think) the prettiest wildflowers in bloom: Penstemons. A close-up look at them always stirs my imagination and I adore the subtle and delightful colors. Their faces make me think of festive little clowns.

Small-flowered Penstemon

Small-flowered Penstemon

Small-flowered Penstemon

Small-flowered Penstemon ~ penstemon procerus

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  1. Such a variety of blues in one flower. Very pretty.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — May 23, 2018 @ 9:48 pm

    • There are even some that are purple and pink too, as well as a species that is sulphur colored.

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      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2018 @ 9:52 pm

      • Do they grow near you? Do you have photos?

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        Comment by wordsfromanneli — May 24, 2018 @ 8:57 am

        • Yes, both live relatively close to here and seem to bloom around mid-June. The sulphur one looks nearly white and there are pink ones in two different species, one of which lives only at higher elevations, around 7,000 feet.

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          Comment by montucky — May 24, 2018 @ 9:46 am

  2. How pretty! They look pretty delicate, and the colour is lovely.

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    Comment by Candice — May 23, 2018 @ 10:13 pm

    • That’s about the way I view them too. They are also found just about everywhere in the forests; at nearly all elevations.

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      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2018 @ 10:19 pm

  3. What a beautiful shade of blue and that last shot really shows all the intricate details inside them – what a great flower shot.

    (I asked you once what W/P template you were using for this blog, Terry, and can’t find where I wrote it down. Could you let me know again please? I want to change my Mother’s family history blog to one with a broader word capacity on each line).

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    Comment by Vicki — May 23, 2018 @ 11:11 pm

    • Thanks Vicki. Penstemons have always been difficult for me to photograph because of their delicate shades of color. The version of camera I’m now using seems to make it much easier.

      I think the theme for my blog site is “Silver is the New Black”.

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      Comment by montucky — May 24, 2018 @ 9:38 am

      • Thanks for the template/theme name, Terry. I often experimented with different themes when I saw one I liked on someone else’s blog, but now WordPress only have their own name in the footer (not the theme name).

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        Comment by Vicki — May 25, 2018 @ 7:13 am

        • I chose this theme because it allows adequate space for fairly large photos and plenty of verbiage as well. Part of my impetus for photographing and posting flower images is to display details that may be useful to folks who study wildflowers, and large size detailed photos tend to do that. I lack the scientific knowledge (and aptitude) needed for proper identification, but my contribution is mainly to get out into really wild country where few people go and find and photograph the flowers that live there. After using this theme for over 2,000 posts, I probably won’t change now.

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          Comment by montucky — May 25, 2018 @ 9:06 am

          • I couldn’t find this theme under my blog’s appearance settings , Terry, so did a Google search and it seems to be downloadable under other websites (?). I suspect it might have been listed under WordPress settings when you started. Another theme I saw once and previewed a couple of years ago is not there now either. I noticed and previewed a couple of suitable WordPress broad-columned themes last night but too expensive for me now my income is lower. I might restart my Mother’s Family History blog on another free Website builder like Wix. Sometimes I think I have more fun finding and setting up, or designing the layout, of a blog (than writing in it) 🙂

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            Comment by Vicki — May 25, 2018 @ 8:05 pm

            • I’m sorry that it isn’t available now. Changes on WordPress are ongoing though and I really haven’t tried to keep up with most of them.

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              Comment by montucky — May 25, 2018 @ 8:25 pm

  4. How lovely photos of blue flowers. Great macros!

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    Comment by Sartenada — May 24, 2018 @ 2:29 am

    • Thanks Matti. I think these among the very prettiest of flower blossoms.

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      Comment by montucky — May 24, 2018 @ 9:39 am

  5. Wow, those are pretty. I really like the color.

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — May 24, 2018 @ 12:05 pm

  6. That’s another one I haven’t seen. Beautiful color!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — May 24, 2018 @ 3:19 pm

    • I didn’t realize until I read your comment and looked them up that these grow only in the northwestern states and Canada. They seem to appear as “friendly” little flowers.

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      Comment by montucky — May 24, 2018 @ 4:25 pm

  7. Oh wow these flowers are something else. The internals are So ornate .. I don’t think I have seen anything quite like them 😃

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — May 28, 2018 @ 1:41 am

    • I love them. They are so delicate and the colors are so soft. They are also abundant here at all elevations. There is also one species that grows only over 6,000 feet.

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      Comment by montucky — May 28, 2018 @ 7:44 am


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