Some recent photos from Western Montana

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Brian_W
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Some recent photos from Western Montana

Greetings,

Here are some photos I took recently in Western Montana.

Enjoy.

Penstemon nitidus

The legendary Kelseya uniflora

Eritrichium howardii

Brian_W
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Ipomopsis spicata

Fritillaria atropurpurea

Clematis hirsutissima

Brian_W
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Pulsatilla patens

Townsendia parryii

Clematis columbiana

Calypso bulbosa

Lori S.
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Wow, what an array of fabulous plants and great photos!  Kelseya uniflora and Fritillaria atropurpurea are astounding!

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

RickR
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Joined: 2009-09-21

Brian_W wrote:

Greetings,

Here are some photos I took recently in Western Montana.

Enjoy.

I certainly am enjoying!  Fantastic photography and fantastic subjects!!!

Not that anyone would notice, or even care, but did you notice:
The Clematis hirsutissima leaves are first divided into three segments, and the center segment seems to be eaten, deformed or somehow reduced in every leaf?
Is this a normal trait?

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Booker
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Many thanks, Brian.  You are warming hearts all over the world with these incredible plants and images. 'Legendary' is a very apt description for the fabulous Kelseya.

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

deesen
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Beautiful images, many thanks for posting them.

David Nicholson
in Devon, UK  Zone 9b

Tim Ingram
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Really remarkable plants and pictures! I wonder how old that plant of Kelseya is? And so free flowering!

Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.
 

Hoy
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RickR wrote:

Brian_W wrote:

Greetings,

Here are some photos I took recently in Western Montana.

Enjoy.

I certainly am enjoying!  Fantastic photography and fantastic subjects!!!

I'm supporting you, Rick! Fantastic! (But I didn't notice the deformed leaves though)

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Brian_W
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Greetings,

Thanks for the compliments.  Kelseya uniflora is my all time favorite plant.  I have visited all of the populations in Montana and Wyoming.  The Rocky Mountain Front in Western Montana is the species center of distribution.  Any limestone cliff in this area will have numerous plants growing on them.  Its always a joy to see them covered with tiny, fragrant flowers.  From a distance, they glow bright pink.  In the lower elevations the plants bloom very early (late February) when the surrounding landscape is still covered with snow.  They are survivors of the ice age.  They grow incredibly slow, and some plants are no doubt hundreds and possibly thousands of years old.  

A wonderful glowing pink clump

A big clump in the Beartooth Mountains, Montana

In the Pryor Mountains, Montana

Big Belt Mountains, Montana

Hoy
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Marvellous and very exiting! I haven't seen anything similar since I visited Ecuador 12 years ago ;)
How is the cushion of Kelseya to touch - is it hard or soft?

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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