Our Summer Serving in Homer, Alaska travel blog

Fireweed, as seen from our campground

Fireweed in flower

Dewey beauty

Trumpeter Swan family on Beluga Lake

Proud Papa

Ducks and planes sharing the same water

View from Land's End

In the fireweed

My Grandma in fireweed, 1959, Homer Spit


Date: July 27, 2013

Tonight’s Location: Homer, AK

Weather: cloudy am, sunny by 3pm

Temperature: start 55º

High 64º

Wildlife count: Sea Otter

Year List: 260

Birds: Bald Eagle, Black-billed Magpie, Trumpeter Swan & Cygnets, Gadwall family, Red-necked Phalarope, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Sandhill Cranes,

During these next few weeks, the lovely fuchsia-colored flower, Fireweed, will blanket most all of Alaska. It is the first flower to come into an area after the soil is disturbed, or after a fire, hence the name, fireweed. It was only during the cloudy days, like the past few, that we have noticed the incredible beauty of the white pistil in each flower, and then began to look closer at the rest of the flower. Each one is quite exquisite! It is amazing that we have seen these flowers for many years, but it took a cloudy day, without the glare of the sunshine in order to see the true beauty. I think there is a message in that…

We had a delightful day at work, taking our full lunch hour. We visited the Farmer’s Market, enjoying a local marimba band – what energy and what delight!

With a quick stop at McDonalds, we grabbed a burger for our picnic at the Ben Walter dock, where there is a wonderful floating bench – just perfect for lunch. John took so many photos, that he could hardly stop long enough for his lunch! As it was a foggy day, there had been few planes taking off from Beluga Lake, so the waterfowl took over. The Trumpeter Swan family was in the middle of the lake, showing off their cygnets. Lots of Gadwall families played near the shore, as well as out towards the middle, along with Red-necked Grebe families. We even saw a Red-necked Phalarope, a real treat.

All too soon, it was time to get back to work, and with a busy Discovery Lab, the afternoon was over quickly. Along with Ithaca, we had the hours counted – all three of us have had a long stretch together.

We treated ourselves to dinner out at the Boardwalk Fish & Chips, which was excellent, as usual. We watched otters at Land’s End, and then decided we were just too tired for more. We have crashed for the evening.

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