The name, Fireweed comes from the fact that this plant doesn't compete well with other plants so a fire provides optimum conditions. I fell in love with the idea of fields of Fireweed when were were using the Milepost, a periodical that advertises itself as, 'THE BIBLE OF NORTH COUNTRY TRAVEL,' to navigate an Alaskan Road trip. While I've never managed to capture Fireweed at their peak. I continue to photograph this delightful blossom. This image was taken on a camping trip in the Sierra Nevada Mountain chain. The river in the background is the headwaters of the San Joaquin.
Since a few plants grow around here I even tried to grow them last year with little success. I'm thinking that the area I tried last year didn't have enough sun so this year I'll look for an area with more sun.....not an easy task with all the trees
They really look very nice. Great picture.
Hope all is well with you.
plimrn (2020/02/14 00:55:35): It is nice to hear from you. How are things with the two of you? We're good: studying Italian, & maintaining our exercise program and avoiding thinking about politics. Not much winter here....I've only skied a couple of times in spite of having an annual pass
Always nice to see such beautiful wildflowers when we out in nature. Not sure if they are the same flowers, but there are also in Alaska, when I was there and you can see patches of them in purple.
Anyway, I love the contrast here with the dark background, really brings out the purple, beautiful nature shot and the square format really works here. We pass through here the last couple of summer, but I haven't yet time to stop here. It's been more than 10 years since I was here. Perhaps soon.
plimrn (2020/02/14 01:02:51): I'm pretty sure they are the same flowers. My partner, Joshua lived in Alaska for many years so he has little desire to go back. However, I have a long-standing promise to go to Alaska with my son. My brother-in-law always wanted to go to Alaska but never made it, so I'm determined that Chris will go.
In spite of the "restless" background you make this this plant stand out in an amazing way - I think especially by help of the light. The contrast of the flowers' colour to the greenery around it is stunning. I also like your personal note. Good luck for the cultivation of the fireweeds!
A beautiful contribution to our theme!
Greetings from wet, cool and grey Germany!
plimrn (2020/02/14 00:59:39): Thank you , Frank. Backgrounds are always a problem for me when taking photos of flowers in nature. As you astutely observed, that shaft of light makes this my best Fireweed image