Fireweed leading to Mendenhall Glacier. During the summertime in Alaska the perenniel known as Fireweed is in bloom and it can be found everywhere. According to Wikipedia, these tenacious wildflowers "grow and flower as long as there is open space and plenty of light" carpeting entire meadows in beautiful pink flowers.
The Mendenhall Glacier is a 13-mile long glacier visible from Juneau, Alaska. I had a flight that afternoon so didn't have time to hike much closer to see the Glacier itself. The water flowing through the area was a smooth, steel grey resulting from heavy silt residue caused by the grinding of bedrock due to glacial erosion. July 10, 2016