Alaska Summer Clock

Alaska’s most well-known wildflower is the fireweed. It starts to bloom in undisturbed land in early summer. Patches of fireweed can be seen growing all over the Alaska roads and fields. Unlike other flowers, fireweed blooms from the bottom up. Alaskans think of the fireweed blooming as an indication of the progress of summer. Petals open over the course of several weeks and when it reaches the top, Alaskans associate it with the end of summer.


I like to believe summer is a bit longer than a few weeks, but can’t help but think ‘Carpe diem’ as I admire the pinkish landscape…



17 Responses to “Alaska Summer Clock”

  1. piranhabanana

    Love those flowers – they really contrast well with your green harness.

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  2. Ruby

    Great pictures! The flowers are beautiful, I love their vibrant color! And of course the little pups are cute as usual!

  3. Bethany

    Keep enjoying summer up there while you can! It looks SO lovely.

  4. weliveinaflat

    An interesting flower 🙂

  5. Paws and Pedals (@pawsandpedalsoz)

    Beautiful Scenery. What a wonderful place for a hike…..

  6. Jane Doiron

    Fireweeds are so cool! Your photos make me want to travel to Alaska! It looks SO beautiful! 🙂

    • snowieners

      I strongly recommend a trip to Alaska. For a lot of people is the trip of a lifetime.

  7. barkandchatter

    Absolutely beautiful! I like to stretch out summer as long as I can, too! 🙂

  8. Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom

    They’re really pretty, great photos!

  9. SlimDoggy (@MySlimDoggy)

    I love your little blondies – they look so cute hiking away in those big mountains.

  10. Oz the Terrier

    Such pretty blooms and interesting how it is used as an indicator for the summer season.

  11. Peppino

    I love those flowers, they are super pretty!!

  12. Roxy the Traveling Dog

    Those are beautiful flowers, great color.

  13. Marcie

    Love the tidbit of info! Sounds like summer days are numbered there. That’s fun that the flower blooms progress along with the summer days. Looks like you’re about half way through the season then. I see sun in those photos…enjoy!

    • snowieners

      Thanks Marcie. Alaska is so unusual and I love to share what it is like living here. I never imagine a lot of the beautiful surprises we had encountered so far.

  14. Dolly the Doxie

    Beautiful! I hear you are having a heat wave up there too! Love Dolly

    • snowieners

      It’s a good summer. That’s for sure. We had one like this four years ago.

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