Month: June 2020

POTD: White Lupine

White Lupine
Bozeman, Montana
2020

Walking around our property, we see a lot of different shades of lupine flowers, from dark blue/purple to light blue to blue with white highlights; but once in a while we come across a few plants that are pure white.

POTD: Lupine #2

Lupine #2
Bozeman, Montana
2020

Lupine, along with arrowleaf balsam root, are the stalwarts of our wildflowers each year. With their size and widespread prevalence, they form the backdrop for our wildflower show. Still, in recent years they have not been appearing in as great numbers as even just a decade ago. I don’t know if their preferences for moisture and temperature are consistent with the change in climate we’ve been seeing but I suspect a correlation there.

POTD: Douglas’ Wild Hyacinth #2

Douglas’ Wild Hyacinth #2
Bozeman, Montana
2020

We are lucky to have a plethora of wildflowers bloom on our land annually. Every so many years I go on a kick of photographing them and it seems this is one of those years. So expect to see quite a lot of wildflower photos through the rest of the summer I imagine.

Looking back, it turns out I posted an image quite similar to this one nine years ago. (The last time I was on a flower photo kick?) This one differs in that it was photographed during one of our rather common June snowstorms. It was warm enough that at first the snow melted as soon as it hit anything, but it got progressively cooler. I photographed flowers that day until the heavy wet snow got so thick that it weighed down the flowers and soaked me to the point I was ready to retreat inside.

POTD: Forest Decor

Forest Decor
Stillwater River, Montana
2020

This branch apparently fell off a nearby tree and got hung up on the flat side of this old dead tree. It looked almost as if it hand been hung there purposefully as decoration, and maybe it had been for all I know.

Little Landscapes #24

Little Landscapes #24
Passage Creek, Montana
2020

The series of Little Landscapes I recently posted, which were all of eroded areas in the desert, made me start seeing little landscapes in other media as well; in this case in wood on a broken tree stump.

POTD: Losing Face

Losing Face
Bozeman, Montana
2020

It was my birthday a week or so ago and in addition to making a delicious carrot cake, the Fashion Queen decorated this balloon for the occasion. Balloons lose air over time of course and the diameter of the balloon when I took this photo was about half of what it was on my actual birthday. It’s interesting that despite loosing so much volume, the face she drew on it seems to look the same as it did at the original size.

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