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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sunday Stills ~ Flowers/Wildflowers

Ed picked a fun and easy Sunday Stills photo challenge this week...the high desert of SE Oregon is bloomin'!

In my opinion, the best (and only) way to search for subjects is to saddle up your favorite horse and hit the hills!


Colt was more than happy to help me search
 for wildflowers...look what he found!



This is Arrowleaf Bitteroot, which I learned last year
during a similar Sunday Stills challenge.
They are just about past their prime
 and starting to dry up.



Then we found these pretty lil' ones. They grow in a clump
and there weren't very many either.



I don't know what they're called...please leave a comment if you know!
They have a very unique shape and the color is so delicate.



Ahhhh...one of my favorites...Indian Paintbrush.
There were many to photograph, but I liked
how this one was tucked up underneath the
dead sage brush...and a glimpse of an
Arrowleaf Bitteroot in the background. 



You can sure see how the flower got it's name.

And lastly...


Another unknown species...there weren't very many
and I almost missed it. They're not very prominent in the landscape...and
really not very attractive as a whole.



But the tiny blossoms are very delicate and rich in color.
Sage backdrops this photo.
Again, please leave a comment if you might know
what this wildflower is.

Take a stroll through flowers and wildflowers throughout the world by visiting other Sunday Stills challenge participants...click here and go to the comments.  Enjoy!


23 comments:

wilsonc said...

Love the photos. My favorite is the Indian paintbrush. I'll be on the look out for high desert flowers in the following weeks.

Carolyn Ford said...

These are so beautiful. I also posted high desert wildflowers, but from southern California...Enjoy your rides in the desert. I love the composition which includes the top of the horse's head...that's priceless.

Tammy said...

My first thought was snapdragon, but don't think that is right either. Nonetheless, very pretty!

theegggather said...

They are all beautiful, but the Indian Paintbrush is my fave. Great job.

picturesbybrenda said...

perfect shot from horseback! Love the close-ups! Just perfect!

Shirley said...

Your flowers are lovely! I think the first one is some type of Butterfly Pea, and the other one looks like it might be a skullcap.

Heart of a Cowgirl said...

Very nice pics! The desert down here in the SW is blooming now, too. Ocotillos with bright orange blooms, cactus with bright purple, all kinds of desert daisies... love this time of year!

J9 said...

I've never seen Indian Paintbrush - beautiful flower!

Sarah said...

I love the Oregon desert, and it always is so interesting how a desert can produce such vivid colors in its flowers. Very pretty choices Karen! And no better way to find them either, on horse back..what a great idea!

dibear said...

Loved them all. Especially the Indian Paintbrush. We used to see it in Texas growing with the bluebonnets. Nice job. Colt was an excellent helper. :)

-my husband grows cotton- said...

Beautiful!

Ed said...

Great shots, glad to see ya got some color at last..:-)

Susan said...

Actually, I think those first flowers are Arrowleaf Balsam Root. The second one is a pea as Shirley suggested or a vetch. I don't know if there is a difference. They're both legumes, which means they fix nitrogen in the soil, something rangeland soils really need. The third unknown I don't think I've ever seen before. Beautiful pics.

Janice said...

Very nice. I don't know what that last one is but it sure is interesting.

jane augenstein said...

Beautiful flowers, I too love the Indian paintbrush, so pretty!

prairierunner said...

GREAT close-ups! I think the second one is a vetch of one kind or another.

chloephotography said...

your horse trip payed off..these are lovely!

DarcC said...

I've seen "Indian Paintbrush" in stories many times but had never seen it until now. Thanks!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Do you think it might be locoweed? Linda at the 7MSN posted photos of her and they look alot like yours.
Sure hope not, though. Nasty stuff!

Love the Indian Paintbrush. I saw quite a few while out riding yesterday. They are my favorite wildflower.

~Lisa

Far Side of Fifty said...

Your Indian Paintbrush photos are beautiful! Ours won't bloom for some time yet. Your seems very large too..ours are just small:( I have no idea what your mystery flowers are..but they are sure pretty and interesting:)

Oregon Equestrian said...

Great shots. Really like the Indian paintbrush sprouting from the dead sagebrush. You're right -- flowers are best viewed from a saddle.

morephotosplease said...

Nice wildflower shots. I like the Indian Paintbrush, interesting name. The dead sagebrush is an excellent backdrop.

CTG Ponies said...

Awesome! I love the color of the Indian Paintbrush.

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