5/6/11 – Featured in THE BEGINNER’S CORNER Group.

I found these wild buttercups (Prairie Buttercup – Ranunculaceae Ranunculus rhomboideus)
growing by the side of the road on my May Day walk yesterday. We finally have some signs that Spring has come to Montana! I hope these brighten up your day as much as they did mine.

Photo taken May 1, 2011, in Columbia Falls, Montana (USA) with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera set on. Contrast adjustment and Lens Blur were added in Photoshop CS. These were the actual colors, but adjusting levels brought them out more.

FNumber: 2.80
ISO: 64
Shutter Speed: 1/406
Aperture: 2.83
Focal Length: 5.85 mm

Total range: The distribution of prairie buttercup is centered in the northern Great Plains, occurring from British Columbia to Quebec in the north and ranging at its southern limit from Washington to Idaho, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, New York, and Massachusetts. This species is considered rare in British Columbia, Illinois, Nebraska, and Ontario, and is known only from historical records in Quebec (NatureServe 2003).

Biology: The prairie buttercup is a perennial that usually blooms in very late April and early May. Seeds mature in July and may germinate the same season. The young plants bloom the following spring, thus the classification of this species as what is known as a “winter annual”. Williams (1984) suggests that in Ontario, this species often survives as a winter annual, with plants often dying during summer droughts, and seeds germinating during autumn rains to overwinter and flower/fruit the following spring. Fall germination and the development of persistent juvenile rosettes enable this species to mature quickly in spring, likely conveying an advantage in the competition for pollinators and other resources. [from the Michigan State University website—]


kathleen emerson, roca mia design, spring at last, buttercups, wildflowers, yellow blooms, columbia falls montana, ftrd2011


  • Jaclyn Hughes
    Jaclyn Hughesabout 3 years ago

    Woohooo! Glad to see spring coming your way. Fabulous capture hun.

  • Belinda Osgood
    Belinda Osgoodabout 3 years ago

    Love the gorgeous blends of green, blue and purple. Nice POV too.

  • Thank you, Belinda! I had to set the camera on the ground to this shot.

    – rocamiadesign

  • BaliBuddha
    BaliBuddhaabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful work, the contrast adjustment really brings the colours out!

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture Kathleen.

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerabout 3 years ago

    Greetings Kathleen; Love your treatment on this masterful work, beautiful image!!!

  • Thanks, Steve!

    – rocamiadesign

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 3 years ago

    Very pretty!

  • Thank you, Shulie!

    – rocamiadesign

  • Navigator
    Navigatorabout 3 years ago

    Loverly. Is this a cousin of the blue ones on this site also? Nice photo. Gives a great sense of the whole little patch. A great spalsh of color.

  • Thank you! I’m not sure if it’s related or not. There are several species of ranunculas, most of which are called “buttercups”. I’ve seen some in blue and pink, as well as white, when I was going through the internet, trying to find out which species this was.

    – rocamiadesign

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 3 years ago

    Lovely Spring image !

  • Thank you, Trish! It was nice to finally see some sign of Spring.

    – rocamiadesign

  • T-Pot
    T-Potabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you so much for this feature!

    – rocamiadesign

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