Fireweed covers much of Alaska’s subalpine region in the summer. When we lived in Glennallen, we enjoyed its culinary uses that include fireweed jelly, honey and syrup. Most importantly, we learned that the passing of time unfolds with fireweed: when the top of the summer flowers on the 3-5 foot stalks bloom and begin to die, fall is on its way. While in summer fireweed flaunts a stunning display of purple that covers the roadside, in autumn the green leaves and stems turn into a blazing fusion of red and gold, a brilliant finale before the starkness of winter. A little Friday Alaska trivia . . .
Wishing you a brilliant, beautiful weekend!
~Steven and Natalie