Photo: Sign of times to come

Posted: Sunday, September 08, 2002

This fireweed, gone to seed along Glacier Highway in Juneau, is a harbinger of the end of summer. The plant's snowy seeds first appear at the bottom of its pink-petalled stalk in high summer and, as Alaska's days grow shorter, begin their journey of proliferation upward until the stalk is covered and causes flowery writing to crop up everywhere.

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