April 15, 2017
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April 4, 2014
Woodland Star ~ Lithophragma parviflorum
Such a tiny (about .25 inches across) blossom and so fragile that it floats on even the tiniest breeze, it is still one of the earliest and hardiest of the wildflowers. Things cannot always be understood at the first glance.
Yellow Bell ~ Fritillaria pudica
A Whitetail doe was grazing on the hillside just below this small blossom in the evening of the second day of its bloom: in the morning the flower was gone. Life can take a sudden turn in this world in which we live.
April 3, 2012
I’ll be traveling for a week or so and since I don’t own a laptop I’ll be off the air for that long. I wish everyone a great week and I’ll look forward to resuming and catching up with everyone when I return.
Yellow Bell, Fritillaria pudica
March 28, 2011
It’s two weeks late this year and so far I’ve seen only the one, but there will soon be many more Yellow Bells dotting the hillsides in western Montana.
Fritillaria pudica (‘pudica’ in Latin means ‘bashful’) are found only in the eleven western-most states, skipping Arizona, and the two western-most provinces in Canada. They are perennials from small bulbs. The bulbs were harvested and eaten by several of the native Indian tribes.
March 26, 2008
Two more additions to the spring wildflower show appeared this week and I am glad to see them again! So small, so fragile; I suppose their major impact in this world is upon those who find them in the spring.
The Yellow Bell,
and the tiny Woodland Star.
(Ironically, as I was waiting for the photos to upload to Flickr, I watched a heavy snowstorm sweeping up the river. It was brief though.)