Alaskan Drawing "Fireweed"

We continue our Series Close-up of the Alaskan Drawing Series with the variant "Fireweed".

Alaskan Drawing "Fireweed", by Yolanda del Riego.

This variant is named after the fireweed, a wildflower (Epilobium angustifolium) that is abundant during the short Alaskan summers. The magenta-colored tree in the artwork stands out like a lone fireweed.

According to Alaskan folklore, the fireweed serves as a kind of “summer clock”. The fireweed’s blossoms bloom from the bottom up and the blooming of the first blossoms marks the beginning of summer. By the time the blossoms at the very top bloom, the first snowfall is said to be only six weeks away.

Related entries: Alaskan Drawing Series. The Backstory. Other entries in this series: "No Moon, No Stars", "Winter Light", "The Silence of Snow".

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