Lupines of the Centennial Valley of Montana

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My lenses are usually pointed at birds but I can’t resist taking images of the wildflowers I see on my photographic journeys either.

Silvery Lupine in the Centennial Valley of MontanaSilvery Lupine in the Centennial Valley of Montana – Nikon CoolPix S550, f3.5, 1/906, ISO 64, 6mm, natural light

This photograph was taken in July of 2010 in the Centennial Valley of Montana using my Nikon Point & Shoot camera, I wish I had been using one of my D200 with a wide angle lens on it instead because I would have liked the ability to work on this image in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) but the point & shoot I have doesn’t take RAW images. On my last trip to the Centennial Valley the Lupines hadn’t yet carpeted the slopes as shown in the photo above.

Silvery Lupine - Centennial Valley, MontanaSilvery Lupine – Centennial Valley, Montana – Nikon D300, f7.1, 1/40, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 200mm, natural light

I believe these are Silvery Lupine (Lupinus argenteus), taken on my recent trip to southwestern Montana using my bird setup to do a close up image. I love the dark greens combined with the varying shades of blue and purple.  I am sure by now these beautiful wildflowers are covering the gentle slopes in the Centennial Valley like they are in the first image.



  1. Debbie Miller @HooootOwl August 4, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Such a beautiful field of lupines! I can just imagine the fragrance.

    • Mia McPherson August 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Thank you Debbie, they are such beautiful wildlflowers.

  2. Jim Braswell August 1, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Awesome, Mia!

  3. N. Wilson July 31, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Splendid photos!!

  4. Julie Brown July 31, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Lupines are one of my favorite wildflowers too. I notice that there was snow on the mountains in your 2010 image. Was it all gone this year? With the drought in the west, as well as across the country, the wildflower show has been diminished. I was in the Gunnison Valley of Colorado a couple of weeks ago. In some parts it did not look too bad, and there were some nice flower shows at the higher elevations.

    • Mia McPherson August 1, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      Julie, there was still a small amount of snow up high on some of the mountains last month, we had an early spring and it has been warmer than normal this summer, even in Montana. Last month’s trip was the warmest it has ever been while I was up in Montana.

  5. Dan Huber July 31, 2012 at 4:53 am

    One of my favorite flowers and to see so many, what a lovely scene.

    • Mia McPherson August 1, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      Thank you Dan, they are lovely wildflowers.

  6. ingrid July 31, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Something about clouds juxtaposed against vivid blue always gets my heart beating. So unbelievably lovely, with the lupines as foreground.

    • Mia McPherson August 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      Ingrid, I always love to have clouds in my landscape images, they add drama, some times whimsy and sometimes a great mood. The lupines are wonderful to see mixed in with the grasses and sagebrush, a natural tapestry.

  7. Susan July 30, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    What a beautiful sight, love the photos Mia:)

  8. Merrill Ann Gonzales July 30, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Gorgeous… just gorgeous… Your scenery isn’t magnificent enough…. it has to embelish everything with fields of lupine! Amazing.

    • Mia McPherson August 1, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      Thanks Merrill, the lupines are beautiful and the ‘carpets’ of them are fantastic.

  9. Julie G. July 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I gasped when viewing these gorgeous images. Such a beautiful scene. Lovely photographs, Mia!

    • Mia McPherson August 1, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      Thanks you so much Julie, they are beautiful flowers.

  10. Carol Mattingly July 30, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I would love to see Montana. It must be breathtaking Mia. Carol

    • Mia McPherson August 1, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      Carol, Montana is breathtaking!

  11. M. Firpi July 30, 2012 at 6:30 am

    It’s so great to see they were still on bloom in July. I was once a whole summer in Florida and they stopped blooming in June for some reason. Thanks for sharing these.

    • Mia McPherson August 1, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      Maria, I never saw Lupines in Florida but they probably stop blooming early because of the heat. Thanks for commenting.

    • M. Firpi August 2, 2012 at 11:21 am

      Mia, you’re right, Lupines do bloom in Florida but just don’t make it further than late April/early May. Also, an April shower can shake the flowers off too!

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