Montana Outdoors

April 25, 2019

Today’s wildflower finds

This afternoon it seemed to me that I ought to check the area of West Swamp Creek (about 20 miles to the southwest of my home). Sure enough, there were several species blooming there in profusion and I was glad that I paid attention to my hunch.

Small White Violet

Small White Violet ~ Viola macloskeyi

Both the white and yellow violets are growing right in the water of a small spring fed stream, which makes photographing them a rather wet and messy endeavor, but that’s alright because it is now warm!

Pioneer Violet

Pioneer Violet ~ Viola glabella

Pioneer Violet and Alpine Springbeauty

Alpine Springbeauty

Alpine Springbeauty ~ Claytonia megarhiza

Glacier Lily

Glacier Lily ~ Erythronium grandiflorum

Shooting Star

Shooting Star ~ Dodecatheon pulchellum

Small Bluebells

Small Bluebells ~ Mertensia longiflora

Slender Phlox

Slender Phlox ~ Microsteris gracilis

45 Comments »

  1. So nice to see these spring flowers–gorgeous photos!

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    Comment by jessicagurevitch — April 25, 2019 @ 6:46 pm

    • Thanks! I’m really happy to see the start of the wildflower season. I immensely enjoy seeing the wildflowers.

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      Comment by montucky — April 25, 2019 @ 7:21 pm

  2. Not only beautiful flowers, but beautiful photos as well. You are way ahead of the Northeast in terms of blossoms.

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    Comment by lmachayes — April 25, 2019 @ 6:53 pm

    • Thanks! Spring here is about a month later than usual. A week ago there were only a few species of wildflowers in bloom and now there are dozens; it is as though they are all trying to catch up. Yesterday I saw several species blooming at an elevation of over 4,000 feet.

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      Comment by montucky — April 25, 2019 @ 7:28 pm

  3. Very pleasant to have a look. Thanks and congrats.

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    Comment by nvsubbaraman — April 25, 2019 @ 6:54 pm

    • Thank you! I’m glad that you enjoy seeing the flowers!

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      Comment by montucky — April 25, 2019 @ 7:29 pm

  4. What an absolute joy, montucky. The flowers are so delicate and brightly vital. Fantastic photos. Isn’t it great that your hunch, and following it, paid off?

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    Comment by Jet Eliot — April 25, 2019 @ 6:54 pm

  5. Wildflowers are so dainty and really pretty. You’ve done a good job of photographing them.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — April 25, 2019 @ 7:50 pm

  6. Very nice indeed!

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    Comment by Harold Rhenisch — April 25, 2019 @ 7:56 pm

  7. Spring is definitely erupting in Montana! Thanks for sharing your photographs.

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    Comment by bigskybuckeye — April 25, 2019 @ 7:59 pm

    • Yes, the Earth is celebrating! Glad you enjoyed the flowers!

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      Comment by montucky — April 25, 2019 @ 8:54 pm

  8. Give yourself a pat on the back not only for listening to your hunch but also for the beautifully crafted images you managed!

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    Comment by de Wets Wild — April 25, 2019 @ 8:33 pm

  9. Those Shooting Stars are so cool. also the Alpine Spring Beauties are beauties. And the Glacier Lily. Well, okay, all of them.

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    Comment by Candace — April 25, 2019 @ 8:58 pm

    • It’s easy to fall in love with the wildflowers, isn’t it!

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      Comment by montucky — April 25, 2019 @ 9:11 pm

  10. Those hunches usually are trustworthy, aren’t they? Every now and then I get a “stop here!” feeling, and discover something lovely. I couldn’t quite place the Claytonia. It was nagging at me for some reason other than the flower itself, and then I remembered. The newsletter of the Arkansas Native Plant Society is named The Claytonia. I’m sure their species is different; I’ll have to look it up.

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    Comment by shoreacres — April 25, 2019 @ 9:18 pm

    • Yes, one has to pay attention to hunches. The USDA “Plants” website lists 117 records for “Claytonia”.

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      Comment by montucky — April 25, 2019 @ 9:41 pm

  11. These are beautiful photos, Montucky! I am glad you followed your hunch. Seeps and springs are violet territory, for sure. I have not found any violets here on the farm, but I suspect it is too hot and dry in summer for these beauties.

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    Comment by Lavinia Ross — April 25, 2019 @ 9:24 pm

    • Thanks! The small area where I found these today will host many more species of flowers as the season progresses.

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      Comment by montucky — April 25, 2019 @ 9:43 pm

  12. Shooting stars are my favourite. I seldom find them growing wild on our property, so I planted seeds in a flower bed. They are very hardy and never fail to put on a show.

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    Comment by Margy — April 25, 2019 @ 11:27 pm

    • There were a childhood favorite always included in a mother’s May Day bouquet and still are today.

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      Comment by montucky — April 26, 2019 @ 7:00 am

  13. I’m not sure how I missed this post but I’m glad I found it because these flowers are beautiful, and so are your photos of them!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — April 26, 2019 @ 3:46 pm

    • Thanks! I am thankful for the digital camera and its capability to capture even the small ones.

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      Comment by montucky — April 26, 2019 @ 4:38 pm

  14. Woo hoo wildflowers: spring has finally come to your area. It’s interesting that neither of the violets is violet.

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — April 26, 2019 @ 4:59 pm

  15. Lovely beauties, so nice to see Spring has sprung finally for you!

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    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — April 26, 2019 @ 6:47 pm

    • Spring was late this year but the plants are now making up for lost time. Now the weather guessers are saying that we have a chance for snow tomorrow night and Sunday.

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      Comment by montucky — April 26, 2019 @ 8:46 pm

  16. How beautiful. The colours are so vivid. I can hardly wait for things to start blooming here!

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    Comment by Candice — April 26, 2019 @ 11:37 pm

    • It’s certainly one of the most beautiful times of the year. I hope that your spring will beautiful as well.

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      Comment by montucky — April 27, 2019 @ 8:07 pm

  17. The fine art of nature. Wonderful photos!!

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    Comment by Hanna — April 27, 2019 @ 7:26 am

  18. What a great set of beautiful wild flows. I loved this one very much: Alpine Springbeauty ~ Claytonia megarhiza. Here in my country we got first spring flowers on last week.

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    Comment by Sartenada — May 7, 2019 @ 11:31 pm

    • Thank you! Good to hear that your flowers are blooming now two. That always picks up my spirits!

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      Comment by montucky — May 8, 2019 @ 7:16 pm

  19. Beautiful blog – stopped by to see one of the states I love. Live in Arkansas, but have been all over Montana. Wild flowers are so beautiful and you captured them in your camera lens very well.

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    Comment by peggyjoan42 — May 31, 2019 @ 4:27 am

    • Thanks Peggy! Wildflowers have become a passion for me. They are so pretty and some are so small that they are usually overlooked. I do my best to capture their beauty so others who don’t have the opportunity to see them in the wild can also enjoy them. God has indeed given us a beautiful world in which to live and I love and admire His creations!

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      Comment by montucky — May 31, 2019 @ 6:19 pm

      • We have some very small wildflowers in Arkansas that I capture in my camera lens. God’s world certainly is beautiful.

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        Comment by peggyjoan42 — June 1, 2019 @ 4:09 am

        • Yes, many are so small that it takes a camera lens to see them clearly. Amazing little creations!

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          Comment by montucky — June 1, 2019 @ 6:42 am


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