Nature photography from a woman in the woods

Fireweed . . .

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The flower showing off  in abundance this week is the fireweed.  A common late summer flower in Minnesota, it is flaming in the ditches everywhere (well, almost).  From a distances the flower groups do look like pink/purple flames blowing in the breeze.  Up close, they are delicate looking flowers that are a popular hangout for many honey bees, dragonflies, butterflies and other insects. (click images for full-sized version).  It grows best in areas that have been recently cleared or burned and it seems to thrive near areas of moisture found in the ditches along wooded roads.

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 Fireweed is the only type of fire Smokey Bear is okay with.  In honor of Smokey’s 70th birthday this weekend (August 9th)… Remember.

Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires!

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7 responses

  1. Great shots! They are in full bloom here now too.

    August 8, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    • Thanks … it is tough when they sway so easily in the lightest breeze to get a crisp shot.

      August 10, 2014 at 11:43 am

  2. Hi Bearyweather, I almost ended up as Smoky Bear’s helper. I just did not physically fit so one of my staff filled in for the children’s program. Yes, I grew up on seeing and loving Smoky. Have a tremendous Sun. By the way, I like your Fireweed photographs a lot! Quite pretty.

    August 9, 2014 at 9:20 pm

  3. Hi again Bearyweather, Just to clarify about Smoky – Before I became a teacher I had worked as a municipal recreation coordinator in Northern California and we offered many assembly-type programs at community centers for children during Summer months. So that is how I almost became a sub for the real thing. I was too small to fit. : )

    August 9, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    • Being “Smokey” would be fun … around here, Smokey’s helpers are dressed in the DNR uniforms.
      Too bad for you that Smokey Bear does not have a smaller side-kick like Yogi Bear does (boo-boo).

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting …

      August 10, 2014 at 11:48 am

  4. Have noticed the fireweed here in the last week or so. You captured it beautifully.

    August 10, 2014 at 11:07 am

    • Yes, pretty common in the northern US … I tend to take it for granted, had to stop and look closer this year.

      August 10, 2014 at 11:45 am

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