ALASKA - glaciers, miniature alpine flowers, king salmon & sea-otters

 © Chris Chadwell

        I am indebted to Carmel Tysver (on behalf of the Alaska Rock Garden Society)                             
and Ed Buyarski (through the Juneau Garden Club, American Primrose Society and the Jensen-Olson Arboretum) for sponsoring and making the majority of arrangements for the Alaska leg of my North American lecture-tour.
 
Carmel also hosted me in Anchorage and took me to see the Alaska Botanical Garden and magnificent Portage Valley.  Verna Pratt, the authority on Alaskan wildflowers See: http://www.amazon.com/Field-Guide-Alaskan-Wildflowers-Commonly/dp/0962319201 
showed me the best of the mountain flora close to Anchorage,  accompanied by Kathleen Swick. 

Mark White enabled me to visit Ninilchik. 

Teena & Peter Garay hosted me in their home above Homer,  which enjoys glorious views of mountain peaks and glaciers across Kachemak Bay.  Pete, a pilot for commercial ships, took me out fishing and wildlife-spotting on his boat - an exceptional experience.  See: http://www.homeralaska.org/
 
Whilst in Juneau, Ed took me to view the Mendenhall Glacier.  Merrill Jensen accompanied me up Mount Roberts and hosted me at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum - which has one of the best views of any botanical garden in the world.  See: http://www.juneau.org/parkrec/arboretum-main.php

Not bad for a first ever day's fishing - a 20lb King Salmon!  With a lot of help from Peter Garay © Chris Chadwell

© Chris Chadwell

View from glacier valley, Anchorage © Chris Chadwell

 Dwarf Cinquefoil (Potentilla sp.) in Glacier Valley © Chris Chadwell

  
Portage Valley in Chugach National Forest © Chris Chadwell

   Hanging glacier © Chris Chadwell

 'Snow-Bed Buttercup' (ARCTERANTHUS COOLEYAE syn. Ranunculus cooleyae) © Chris Chadwell

Ninilchik  Russian Orthodox Church © Chris Chadwell
 

  
American Legion Cemetery © Chris Chadwell

Leo Steik Memorial  Wall, Russian Cemetery © Chris Chadwell
 

 

View of high peak from Ninilchik © Chris Chadwell


Kathleen Swick and Verna Pratt amongst 'Mountain  Avens' on flat-top mountain, Anchorage © Chris Chadwell


'Mountain Avens' © Chris Chadwell

Verna Pratt beside impressive expanse of 'Alpine Azalea' (LOISELEURIA  PROCUMBENS) © Chris Chadwell

© Chris Chadwell

 'Lapland  Diapenisa' (DIAPENSIA  LAPPONICUM) © Chris Chadwell

'Purple  Oxytrope' (OXYTROPIS  PURPURASCENS) © Chris Chadwell

 DWARF  WILLOW (Salix sp.) © Chris Chadwell

Sea Otter enjoying the sun in Kachemak Bay © Chris Chadwell

FOR THOSE WISHING TO IDENTIFY ANY WILD FLOWER FROM ALAKSA, MAY I DRAW YOU ATTENTION TO: http://www.alaskawildflowers.us/.  THIS LOOKS PROMISING ON FIRST INSPECTION (SEPTEMBER 2014) - SHALL COMMENT FURTHER, WHEN HAVE INSPECTED IT FURTHER.

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