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Taken June 27, 2010 – Bridgton, Maine
Canon Rebel XSi with Canon 100mm Macro Lens
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Fireweed (Epilobium Angustifolium), also known as Great Willow Herd

Flower: Pink to red; 4 roundish petals, drooping buds, red seed pods point upward. The seeds fill the air floating on silky plume of white hairs; June to September.

Leaves: Alternate; up to 20 cm long, lance-shaped; short-stemmed; July – September.

Stem: Reddish, single, smooth, tall, hairless.

Height: 60-180 cm.

Habitat: Burned-over areas, fields, meadows, edges of forests.

General Interest: This is one of the first wildflowers to grow in areas burned by fire, hence its name. The flowers start to open at the bottom of the stem. By the time the upper flowers are in bloom, the lower ones have developed a seed pod and started to go to seed. The seed pods are distinctive, up to 6 cm long, reddish brown, and angle upward. Each seed pod is filled with rows of downy seeds that become airborne when the seed pods dry and split open.

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  • Jen Wahl
    Jen Wahlalmost 4 years ago

    Wow!! this is beautiful!! gorgeous, gorgeous color!!

  • Hi Jen: I’m very pleased to read your very kind comments. Thanks so much. I’m glad that you like this image. Very much appreciated.

    – T.J. Martin

  • yolanda
    yolandaalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful image . . love the focus and colours :-)

  • Hello Yolanda: Thank you for the very nice remarks. I appreciate it. Nice to hear from you again.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray . . .

    – T.J. Martin

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations!!! You are a TOP TEN winner in the Alphabet – Letter F challenge in Cee’s Fun Artsy Friends Group.

  • Hi Cee: Very pleased to hear that my “Fireweed” was voted a Top 10 winner in Groups “Alphabet-Letter F” challenge. Many thanks to the host and members of the group.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Annabella
    Annabellaabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful.

  • Greetings Annabella: Thanks so much for the very kind compliment on this photograph. I appreciate that you have chosen to add this image to your list of favorites. So pleased to hear from you. Thanks again & Best Wishes.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 3 years ago

    wow, simply breathtaking Rural-guy.

  • Hi Vickie: I appreciate your wonderful compliment on this photograph. I’m very pleased that you like this image. Thanks so much for your input.

    – T.J. Martin

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful!!!!

  • Hi Lorilee: Thanks so much for selecting this photograph to add to your list of favorites. I am very pleased to hear that. Thanks again for the nice compliment on this image.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconabout 3 years ago


    CONGRATULATIONS rural-guy!!

  • Hi Blair: Thanks so much for the congrats on the feature. I was very pleased to see that my photograph “Fireweed” was chosen to be featured in Wildflowers of the World. Many thanks to the hosts and members of the group. I am very grateful for the nice compliment.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsabout 3 years ago

  • Hi Pamela: So glad to hear that my photograph “Fireweed” was chosen to be featured in The Beautiful East Coast Group. Thanks so much to the hosts and members of the group. I really appreciate the compliment. So sorry that it’s taken me so long to send this note of thanks.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Poete100
    Poete100about 3 years ago

    Hey!!! Rural Guy…that is one very beautiful close up of the Fireweed…excellent!!! and congratulations on your feature…L

  • Hi Lorraine: Thanks so much for your kind compliment on my photograph “Fireweed” and also for your congrats on my feature. I’m very pleased that you like this image. Very nice to hear from you -——- Best Wishes.

    – T.J. Martin

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