DEER MOUNTAIN AND FIREWEED ORIGINAL
Original acrylic painting on canvas by artist Jennifer Bowman
Image size: 24"x 28"
Anacortes, Washington, artist Jennifer Bowman is inspired by her travels in Alaska. Much of her workfeatures scenes from our very own Ketchikan. This scene depicts a vibrant field of fireweed overlooking Deer Mountain. Deer Mountain towers just behind our downtown and tops out at just over 3000 ft.
Fireweed is a tall showy wildflower that grows from sea level to the subalpine zone. A colorful sight in many parts of the country, fireweed thrives in open meadows, along streams, roadsides, and forest edges. In some places, this species is so abundant that it can carpet entire meadows with brilliant pink flowers. A spike of up to 50 or more pink to rose-purple flowers adorns the top of the stems from June to September. When the last bloom disappears, locals proclaim that summer is over.