A walk

Indian PipesI walked into town today.  It’s three miles but all downhill.  It was a glorious day – cool and clear with a gentle breeze – in a word: perfect.  Along the way I found a rather large patch of one of my favorite wildflowers, the Indian Pipe.  There were several large clusters sheltered by heavy undergrowth.  I’m not exactly sure how I spotted them, they were so well hidden in the dappled sunlight.

A little farther down the road was a tall stand of fabulous pink blooms along the edge of the drainage gully.  I thought it was Purple Loosestrife which is much maligned and considered invasive because of the way it takes over marshy areas, forcing out the native vegetation.  Fireweed and Mt OkemoI stopped and took some photos so I could identify it for sure when I got home.  Imagine my surprise to find out we have Fireweed in the neighborhood.  It isn’t Loosestrife at all.  I’ve been enjoying pictures of the Fireweed growing in Alaska on my friend Stephanie’s blog here and here and bemoaning the fact that I couldn’t see it in person, trying to imagine the incredible beauty of the pink hillsides.  And it is here afterall, not in abundance like in AK but here and beautiful nonetheless.



2 Responses to “A walk”

  1. 1 Steph August 5, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    How cool is that!!! The fireweed is almost gone now – a sure sign that summer is just about over here! We’re outside of Smithers, BC – half way between Prince George and Prince Rupert. Although I have wifi at this campground, I’m not sure I’ll be able to upload any pictures and get caught up with my blog. But ah, so nice to sit still for a day!

  1. 1 Fireweed revisited « Mountain Vistas Trackback on September 10, 2009 at 8:59 pm

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