Montana Outdoors

July 6, 2018

A new one for me

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:43 pm

This tiny flower is a new one for me. I know I must have seen it out of the corner of my eye hundreds of times but it’s so small that I just didn’t look really closely at it. The little cluster of blossoms could easily hide behind a small pea, and it seems to like to grow beneath taller plants. This is another “mustache in the dirt” shot.

Enchanter's Nightshade

Enchanter's Nightshade

Enchanter’s Nightshade ~ circaea alpina

Advertisements

33 Comments »

  1. You did extremely well to get down so low to photograph this dainty little flower. Sometimes I think the smallest are the most attractive and interesting.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Vicki — July 6, 2018 @ 9:15 pm

    • I think that too, and the variety of them in never ending. Without a lot of magnification though this one could not really be appreciated.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by montucky — July 6, 2018 @ 9:41 pm

  2. The arrangement of the leaves is attractive, too. I assumed at first it was a member of the nightshade family, but I see that’s not so. However it got its name, it’s a pretty thing. The tiny ones often do go unnoticed — and even some that are just small, and not tiny!

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by shoreacres — July 6, 2018 @ 9:34 pm

    • Yes, it’s a very attractive plant. I often wonder about the people who name plants. It seems that there are more tiny ones in bloom in mid to late summer than earlier in the year, and especially in deeply shaded areas.

      Like

      Comment by montucky — July 6, 2018 @ 9:47 pm

  3. Terrific close-ups of the tiny beauty! I wonder which tiny insects are responsible for pollinating it!?

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by de Wets Wild — July 6, 2018 @ 9:43 pm

    • I was wondering about the pollinators too. I didn’t see any and there were quite a few of the plants around.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by montucky — July 6, 2018 @ 10:03 pm

  4. Just when you think you’ve seen them all…. So now you must be wondering what else you might have missed and can look forward to finding another day.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — July 7, 2018 @ 12:21 am

    • I always wonder that. So much of finding wildflowers is being there at the right time, so a lot of finding them is random. I know I’ve missed several already because between my visits to places they bloom and die.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2018 @ 8:15 am

      • You’d better get back out there! You might just have to pitch a tent and stay for the summer. But seriously, it’s great to have that element of potential (good) surprises on your hikes.

        Liked by 1 person

        Comment by wordsfromanneli — July 7, 2018 @ 8:48 am

        • The flowers are a highlight of every trip. Yesterday the heat and humidity were very unpleasant at the lower part of the trail despite being in good shade. And I know the mosquitoes enjoyed my hike too.

          Liked by 1 person

          Comment by montucky — July 7, 2018 @ 12:48 pm

          • It must be bug season. The Captain just reported huge numbers of no-see’ums (tiny black flies) up north on the Charlottes. A bit of rain and warmth and out they come.

            Liked by 1 person

            Comment by wordsfromanneli — July 7, 2018 @ 3:03 pm

  5. Wonderful concept for photography in the dust 🙂 ..and a little delicate flower.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Hanna — July 7, 2018 @ 6:53 am

    • Lots of the wildflower pictures I get are from the prone position. I have even constructed a small bipod with 4 inch legs so I can get a steady base for the camera close to the ground. Even 4 inches is too tall most of the time for a tripod, but the bipod lets me tilt it for the right height and I can still hold it very still. I’d rather get down to their level than always taking photos from above.

      Like

      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2018 @ 8:19 am

  6. I can see why it would be overlooked easily. So tiny! If I got that low to get a shot, I’m wondering if I could get back up! 😉 You are more spry than me, I think.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — July 7, 2018 @ 2:16 pm

  7. The blossoms on yours look slightly different than on ours but you’re right about how small they are. I’ve probably taken over 100 shots of those flowers this year, just hoping for two that are blog worthy. I think I finally got them today, but we’ll see,

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — July 7, 2018 @ 3:38 pm

    • That white on white is always difficult to photograph. I think they are almost prettier when seen with the leaves, although then you can’t get the details of the flowers.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2018 @ 4:29 pm

  8. “Mustache in the dirt…,” that’s getting down there!

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by seekraz — July 8, 2018 @ 11:29 am

  9. Enchanter’s nightshade! We are just noticing it here, too. I’m not sure if it’s the exact same species. What a beautiful name it has!

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Jo Woolf — July 10, 2018 @ 9:02 am

  10. What a pretty name, too. Very enchanting.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Candace — July 10, 2018 @ 3:02 pm

  11. I’m exciting you found a new one, because I know you’re an avid wildflower finder! Kudos! Especially love how you captured the flower head’s shadow on the left. Nice!

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — July 11, 2018 @ 7:08 pm

    • I have to admit that I was probably overlooking this one over the years, but it’s really a pretty plant.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by montucky — July 11, 2018 @ 10:15 pm

  12. Delicate tiny flower .. with an enchanting name

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — July 12, 2018 @ 3:47 am

    • I love the name, and now that I can recognize it I will look forward to seeing it along the trails.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by montucky — July 12, 2018 @ 7:29 am

  13. Great close-up. I am glad that You did find a new flower.

    Like

    Comment by Sartenada — July 17, 2018 @ 12:26 am


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 )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ 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 )

w

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: