Montana Outdoors

May 26, 2009

Indian paintbrush

Photographed in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains of western Montana near the Cherry Peak Roadless area.

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

Common red paintbrush
Castilleja miniata
Figwort family

May 28, 2008

Spring paintbrush

Monday on a trip to see if the snow had cleared off the road enough to get to the trailhead leading into the Cherry Peak roadless area (it has!), I was surprised to see the Indian Paintbrushes blooming already, especially at that altitude.

The full rich color of these particular flowers is because they have blossomed during a fairly long cloudy spell, which has kept the sun’s radiation which is especially strong at that relatively high elevation from fading them.

Indian Paintbrush, Castilleja miniata.

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

Paintbrush at Mountain Nature ,com

Paintbrush at USDA Plants

June 16, 2007

The Indian Paint Brush

The Indian paint brushes are now in their full blooming cycle. They have always been special to me, ever since early childhood. Their blossoms are certainly distinctive.

These groups were just along the FS road near the trailhead leading into the Cherry Peak area..

Indian Paint Brush

Indian Paint Brush

Each plant has its own character.

A free spirit.

Indian Paint Brush

A rose bud imitation.

Indian Paint Brush

An emphasis on total red.

Indian Paint Brush

A tulip imitation with a little background support.

Indian Paint Brush

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