Beauty in the bog

Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Above are snapshots of some of the flora currently blooming in the boggy hills around Juneau. Clockwise, from top left: the Lapland rosebay, a pink and moist relative of the rhododendron and azalea; the mountain marsh marigold, which has been spotted from Mount McKinley nearly into Mexico, and which, from the evidence, can never be too wet; the bogbean, or buckbean or moonflower (pedestrian names all, for an extraordinary beauty), called at one time "the most beautiful flower of the British Empire" - this when Yukon still considered itself part of Her Majesty's baggage; and the stream, or yellow, violet - demonstrating a mild conflict of verbiage, but pretty nonetheless (and edible).

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