Category Archives: Flora

Dandelions

Most people see dandelions as just a tenacious invasive weed, a major pest to be eradicated as quickly as possible in any and all environments.  I have a slightly different view.  While I don’t want them crowding out other plants … Continue reading

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More Evidence of Spring

More evidence of an exceptionally early spring here in Southcentral Alaska.  These bright new Northern Red Currant leaves accompanied by blossoms usually show weeks later.  Birch, cottonwood, alder, and many other trees and shrubs are bursting with new leaves as … Continue reading

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Early Signs of Spring

Pussy willows are always among the first signs of emerging plant life toward the end of winter in Southcentral Alaska, but this year’s exceedingly mild season seems to have accelerated the process.  These catkins along Turnagain Arm in mid-February are but a few among … Continue reading

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Berry Shortage

Usually in December there is an abundance of mountain ash berries hanging from trees all around the Anchorage area, but not this year; for some unknown reason there are practically none.  That will make slim pickings for the Bohemian Waxwings … Continue reading

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Colors of Autumn

Fall colors in Southcentral Alaska often don’t last long.  Predominantly yellow with some orange and crimson hues, the challenge is always the weather.  Mid-September is peak time for color, and is also often when storms roll through with rain and … Continue reading

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Wildflowers

Lots of local blooms now in Southcentral Alaska with spring in full swing.  These bright shooting stars are just some of many varieties adding to the show.

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Dandelions

I’m chided now and then for being appreciative of the happy faces of invasive dandelions.  Yes, they’re a nuisance, and they crowd out native plants, but I can’t help admiring their tenacity and bright displays.  They are usually the very … Continue reading

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Berry Time

Among the last berries of the season in Southcentral Alaska are low-bush cranberries, or lingonberries. These little gems reach full ripeness in the latter part of September, just before the long, cold season arrives, and gathering them provides one more … Continue reading

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Short Seasons

Summers in Alaska hardly seem to have fully developed before signs of autumn appear, like these brightly colored devil’s club leaves in the middle of July along the eastern edge of Cook Inlet. Best to enjoy as much as possible … Continue reading

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Summer is Here!

When the winter season in the far north really passes, the transformation is incredible. Among the first signs of late spring/early summer are the wild rose blossoms whose delicate pick petals seem to show up everywhere. They don’t last long, … Continue reading

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