Peonies in Alaska can grow to be seven to nine inches across, much larger than the "carnation-sized" peonies in the Lower 48, said researcher Pat Holloway. Alaska's peony market has grown significantly since Holloway started researching the flower in 2001. In a few years, she predicts growers will harvest more than a million stems. On the world market, those stems will likely go for between $2 and $5 each.
We humans are accustomed to thinking of reproduction as involving two sexes, male and female. But there are some animals that have dispensed with males altogether and produce offspring parthenogenetically (by 'virgin birth').
The second Saturday of the month registered trap shoot was a challenge-a double A.T.A.-registered event held in memory of Jim Brooks.
The day was sunny, with temperatures rising from 32 degrees to 50 degrees.