Montana Outdoors

April 26, 2010

Blue clematis

It was late evening a few days back when I discovered some Blue clematis in bloom on Munson Creek and because of the increasing darkness, all of the shots I got of them were taken with flash.

I love the way the clematis blossoms usually appear in the forest, as though they were birds flying among the branches

Blue clematis

Blue clematis

or demurely hiding their faces under their umbrellas.

Blue clematis

However, on that evening several were posing with petals wide open, a pose that I had never seen before, giving me a brand new feel for the Blue clematis.

Blue clematis

Blue clematis

Blue clematis
Blue clematis, clematis occidentalis

June 16, 2008

Two favorites

According to WordPress stats, this will be post number 401 for me. In celebration, here are two of my favorite wildflower photos.

Wild roses
Wild roses

Blue Clematis
Wild Blue Clematis

(These are very big photos and they look better to me in larger sizes. For anyone interested in seeing the large sizes, you can click on the photo and it will take you to Flickr and you can select the large size.)

June 10, 2008

The flowers at Spring Creek

***Note: I’ll likely be off the air for a time while I convert my stuff over to a new iMac, which also involves trying to forget over 20 years of the Microsoft way of operating. Please don’t think I’m ignoring anyone…. pray for me!***

I have posted photos of a few of the flowers that are found in the Spring Creek area here in western Montana, most notably the Tolmie star-tulips. Following are some I haven’t posted eariler including a few new photos of previous ones.

The blossoms in the next two photos are tiny, at a little less than an eighth of an inch across, and very fragile. I noticed them for the first time last year and nearly overlooked them along the trail this year.

Smallflower mitrewort, Piper flowers, Mitella stauropetala

Smallflower mitrewort

Mitella stauropetala

It’

s easy to get carried away photographing the Blue Clematis and I did. Please bear with me.

Blue Clematis, Western blue virginsbower, Clematis occidentalis

Blue clematis

Blue clematis

Blue Clematis

Blue Clematis

(Thanks to some expert help from Tabbie and Adam, I’ve identified this one as Thalictrum occidentale or Thalictrum occidentalis, Western meadow-rue)

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Red clover

Red clover

Lupines

Lupines

Lupines

Indian paintbrush

Indian paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

Calypso orchid

Calypso orchid

Red trillium

Red trillium

Wild currants

Wild currant blossoms

Blue violet

Blue violet

(By the time I get my system converted I’

m sure there will be more new ones ready for the lens!)

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