colors of Alaskan spring
For most of the year, Alaska's palette of natural color is muted: white snow, golden grasses and tundra, dark evergreen. May and June bring a riot of new colors for the brief spring and summer season. Take a tour of some early wildflowers blooming on Alaska's "Emerald Isle" - Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge.
early pink blooms are important to pollinators
Shooting stars (Dodecatheon pulchellum) bloom along coastal meadows and sea cliffs.
Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis) blossoms later turn to bright red berries - food for humans, bears, and birds!
Kamchatka rhododendron, a tiny mountain flowering shrub. (Rhododendron camtschaticum)
Aleutian (Viola langsdorffii)
Nootka lupine (Lupinus nootkatensis)
Chocolate lily (Fritillaria camschatcensis) A smelly-sock odor attracts fly pollinators, and the bulbs are edible when cooked!
Orange hawkweed is an aggressive and invasive weed that wipes out native plants. Help prevent it from spreading - do not pick or transport flowers!
#SignsofSpring on #Alaska public lands. @USFWSAlaska @kodiakrefuge
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Photos: Lisa Hupp