Montana Outdoors

June 18, 2009

Transformation

Back in May I posted some photos of the Prairie smoke (or Old-Man’s Whiskers) in bloom. They make quite a transformation when they go to seed.

Prairie smoke

Prairie smoke

Prairie smoke

Prairie smoke

May 12, 2009

Prairie smoke

There was to be no success the other day in my quest to find Sego lilies, presumably because they have not bloomed yet. An unexpected reward though was a very large area of Prairie smoke in bloom, many more than I have ever seen in one area. They are to me quite pretty as they bloom, but spectacular when they go to seed: I will try to remember to stop back and get a shot or two when they do.

Prairie smoke

Prairie smoke

Prairie smoke

Prairie smoke,
Old man’s whiskers,
Geum triflorum Pursh var. ciliatum

June 7, 2008

Prairie smoke

Although the rather strange appearing flowers of this member of the rose family are inconspicuous, I personally don’t find them unpleasant. The seeds however, with their long feathery tails which act like sails to help scatter them on the wind are very different and interesting, and their soft, filament appearance is quite pleasing to my eye.

Prairie smoke. AKA Three-flowered Avens, Old-man’s Whiskers,
Geum triflorum

Prairie smoke

Prairie smoke

 Prairie smoke

Prairie smoke seeds

Prairie smoke seeds

As I look at it I wonder, as I so often do, what it is for and what it is doing here and why, since we don’t know those things, are we so willing to destroy its habitat.

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