Summer Snapshot: Fireweed




“This burnt land was an exceedingly wild and desolate region. Judging by the weeds and sprouts, it appeared to have been burnt about two years before. It was covered with charred trunks, either prostrate or standing, which crocked our clothes and hands, and we could not easily have distinguished a bear there by his color. Great shells of trees, sometimes unburnt without, or burnt on one side only, but black within, stood twenty or forty feet high. The fire had run up inside, as in a chimney, leaving the sap-wood.
“Sometimes we crossed a rocky ravine fifty feet wide, on a fallen trunk; and there were great fields of fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium) on all sides, the most extensive that I ever saw, which presented great masses of pink. Intermixed with these were blueberry and raspberry bushes.” [Henry David Thoreau]




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4 thoughts on “Summer Snapshot: Fireweed

  1. Shari Green says:

    *happy sigh* You know me and fireweed (we go back a long time, lol). Lovely photos, and lovely quote. Thanks for posting!

  2. S. Etole says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed this.

  3. elderfox says:

    Lovely blooms…but I always thought “fireweed” was a red over yellow bloom on a stalk. (?) Or is that a U S thing?:) Looks like we will be having warmer weather here, not as much rain as we usually have; Are most of the fires out up there? Jayne’s work schedule has been all over the clock and she’s been thinking we need to move (again?!) someplace with more living space for us & Snuff and hopefully a yard fenced or one we can fence.
    Hugs. mE

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