Wild beauty everywhere

Alaskan wildflowers have captured my heart.  Everywhere I look, there is color and life.  A welcome change from the stark, cold days of winter.  This contrast, and the fact that the world seemed overflowing with flowers almost overnight, inspires me.

From the streets of Anchorage, to the mountains of Denali National Park, to the seaside of Homer, bountiful botany urges me to pause, discover and enjoy. As a graduation present, Chris gifted me a book entitled “Wildflowers of Alaska”.  It has been my trusty companion on all our hikes and travels throughout the state.

Alaskan Poppy - Anchorage downtown

The amount of diversity here is thrilling. I’ve currently documented over 80 flowers so far, but this is only a drop in the sea. It seems as though I discover a new flower daily!

Dwarf Dogwood - Anchorage hike

Living in Alaska has inspired me to learn more about the natural world that surrounds us.  It has also inspired me to learn how to use this bounty for subsistence and survival.  As I study more, I hope to be able to incorporate the plants that grow around us all into my diet. Foraging and farming, here I come!

Lupine field - Homer

For more photos, I also have made an online album that can be seen here.  I hope you can vicariously enjoy them!

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