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2011-08-19 11:51:47
Excuse me, patitoisajackass, but you obviously failed to see that the rest of us were discussing flowers on this page! Why did you feel compelled to bring your inappropriate comment here, a comment that has nothing to do with the topic in question: wildflowers. There were no negative comments here on Patito, nor any other type of comment on Patito, when you appeared with your comment, so why did you jump in and start causing trouble? It is people like you who spoil this photo site for those of us who enjoy good pics and write comments that have to do with the photos and NOT with individual hate trails such as yours. Grow up or leave, please.
2011-08-19 11:34:35
To AlaskaFlowers: Sorry, AlaskaFlowers, but you ARE wrong. Just carry out a pic search on Fireweed in Google and you’ll see that the flowers, stems and foliage of Fireweed are different from these flowers, which ARE Wild Sweet Pea (Hedysarum mackenzii). The following photo by National Geographic was taken in exactly the same spot as PictureGirl’s upload and it states the flowers as being Sweet Pea Wildflowers: In this photo, taken at the same place, National Geographic calls them Sweetvetch, which is another name for Wild Sweet Pea. Note the bushy clumps of the flowers, they are exactly the same as the ones on the left of the photo in PictureGirl’s upload. When Wild Sweet Pea grows among other vegetation, it clings onto it which may have caused you to misidentify the flower. The foliage at the front of PG’s photo is not the foliage of the Wild Sweet Pea, but neither is it Fireweed’s. Fireweed produces leaves and flowers on a single stem (if the main stem has been cut down, then it’ll branch). Compare Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium) along Kenai Lake, Alaska: More Wild Sweet Pea photos:
2011-08-19 05:59:23
It's a gorgeous shot, whatever it is. FWIW, I've found the key to getting rid of Patito's endless posting of really stupid photos --- he removes every one that anyone makes a negative comment about him on. Works like a charm. Cowardly of him, in that he can dish it out but isn't man enough to take it, but still...a pretty damned effective strategy to clear the screen for beautiful shots like this one.
2011-08-19 04:32:58
Sorry botanist, but these flowers, growing in front of the Matanuska Glacier ARE fireweed. The color alone should be evidence enough. I spent three summers living in Palmer, Alaska (very near to the glacier and can attest from first hand knowledge). It is possible that wild sweet pea may be found elsewhere in Alaska, but I seriously doubt that it is abundant anywhere in Alaska. Wild sweet pea is lower growing and more 'purplish' in color. The bright red color of firewood is commonly associated with glaciers in Alaska. It is often the first vegetation to sprout up on land that is freed up from retreating glaciers. My thesis, that I worked on in Alaska, did not involve wildflowers or vegetation, but it did involve glaciers and glacial land succession.
2011-08-18 12:57:11
Many thanks for clarifying that for us, Botanist. I am indeed very grateful. Many thanks also for the links, especially for the bottom link. What a very beautiful photo that is... :)
2011-08-05 11:49:35
Apologies for that. This is the photographer's caption, not mine. I thankyou for the correction though. Actually, I had to have another look at that before I posted the photo and thought that the flowers didn't look like sweet pea to me. Thankyou again, AlaskaFlowers..... :)
2011-08-05 11:23:37
Sorry PictureGirl, but this is Fireweed, Wild Sweet Pea is not even found in Alaska. Wild Sweet Pea is poisonous weed and restricted to eastern North America.