Most glaciers around the world and on the Juneau Icefield are receding, but as a tidewater glacier, the Taku is different. Since around 1890, the glacier has advanced about four and a half miles, changing the landscape around it.
The fireweed hasn't been our indicator this year; it bloomed out early while everything seemed to ripen sooner in this strange year. Instead, it is the rain, the wind and the light that are telling us that the summer season is over.
Sneezeweed, Helenium autumnale, as its species name implies, is a fall-blooming perennial native to most of North America. Easy to care for, it grows from 3 to 6 feet tall in sunny locations with good drainage.