Montana Outdoors

March 14, 2018

Spring photo practice

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 11:03 am

Spring is just beginning here and I’m using the time to get in a little practice to assure the photos I take later on the remote trails will be of decent quality. The macro lens that I use inherently has an extremely shallow depth of field, so practice controlling it will pay off later.

Sagebrush Buttercup

Aperture at f/32

Sagebrush Buttercup

Aperture at f/3.5


March 11, 2018

Beginning again

Filed under: Spring, Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:02 am

The Buttercups that began to bloom just one month ago met sub-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall the very next day. Yesterday they began to bloom again.

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush buttercup ~ ranunculus glaberrimus

March 9, 2018

Mission Mountains

Filed under: Mission Mountains — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:10 am

Mission Mountan range.

The Mission Mountains photographed from along the lower Flathead River.

March 8, 2018

Flathead River on March 7

Filed under: Flathead river, Spring — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:55 am

Flathead River

Quite a difference from only two weeks ago when ice chunks were piled up across the surface of the river from bank to bank, and quite different from this morning when clouds are sweeping in from the southwest bringing a rain/snow mix again.

March 7, 2018

Eddy Mountain ice falls

Filed under: ice art, Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 2:46 pm

Large ice falls at the base of Eddy Mountain. The tree at the base of the falls provides some size perspective.

Eddy ice falls

The original post has been edited to show this photo of the falls in a more complete landscape:

Eddy ice falls

March 5, 2018

Worth a closer look.

Filed under: Flowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 6:55 pm

For years I have enjoyed the company of a common house plant for its beautiful patterned leaves and sometimes noticed (and ignored) a tiny white blossom on it. The large leaves measure about 6” X 5″ and at the base of this one you can see some tiny buds.

Maranta leuconeura

Even though I have long been accustomed to looking closely at tiny wildflowers, I never looked at the tiny blossoms of this plant (which measure only 3/8” across) until yesterday, and here’s what I saw when I did:

Maranta leuconeura

Maranta leuconeura, Marante, Prayer Plant, “Kerchoveana”

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