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Alaskan Scenic Views, with wildflowers, suitable for wallpaper or desktop

All photos were taken by an amateur, with amateur equipment.
Feel to use any of the photos at your website, but please leave the copyright information intact.
You might also enjoy these webpages by Mary Hopson:
Schofield, Janice J. 2002. Alaska’s Wild Plants: A Guide to Alaska’s Edible Harvest . Alaska Northwest Books, Anchorage, Portland.

Pratt, Verna. 1989. Field Guide to Alaskan Wildflowers: commonly seen along the highways and byways . Alaskakrafts, Anchorage, AK.
Pratt, Verna & Frank. 1993. Wildflowers of Denali National Park . Alaskakrafts, Anchorage, AK.
Pratt, Verna. 1991. Wildflowers along the Alaska Highway. Alaskakrafts, Anchorage, AK.
Pratt, Verna. 1995. Alaska’s Wild Berries and berry-like fruit . Alaskakrafts, Anchorage, AK.
Pojar, Jim & MacKinnon, Andy. Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British columbia & Alaska . Lone Pine Publishing. Vancouver, BC.

Schofield, Janice J. 1989. Discovering Wild Plants: Alaska, Western Canada, The Northwest . Alaska Northwest Books, Anchorage, Portland.

Purple alaskan flowers Alaskan Scenic Views, with wildflowers, suitable for wallpaper or desktop There’s an older page of my wildflower photos at this webpage link with some additional

Purple alaskan flowers

Midnight sunset over dwarf fireweed, or river beauty, along the Marsh Fork of the Canning River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the Brooks Range mountains, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres /

The Alaska wildflower photos here are by no means comprehensive, but they are samples from my photography ventures throughout the state. While Alaska is well known for its long and dark winter, the summer, although short, is an infusion of light. It is under these long summer days that a spectacular diversity of wildflowers bloom along the roadways, forest floor, tundra wetlands, and mountain meadows. All of the Alaska wildflower photos on this site can be licensed as stock photography or purchased as fine art prints for your home or office.
Of the many Alaska wildflowers, the most well know is the fireweed, which reaches peak bloom by late July and early August (depending on geography). Many roadside corridors are enflamed in pink with this abundant wildflower. Fireweed honey is a delicately flavored honey, gathered by some honey bees whose hives are situated near large fields of fireweed. The many blossomed plant blooms first at the bottom, and an old Alaskan saying claims that by the time the fireweed blossoms at the very top, the first snowfall is only six weeks away. Alaska’s short, but aggressive growing season yields fields of wildflower color in the summer months.

Summer wildflowers, moss campion and Alaska poppies in bloom in Highway Pass in Denali National Park, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres /
Over the years, plants have adapted to endure great winds and cool temperatures in high mountain meadows, often displaying flowers that bloom close to the ground or have special insulating qualities to protect them from the chill.
Wooly lousewort wildflowers on the tundra in the continental divide of the Brooks Range, Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres /
The Frigid Shooting Star is most abundant in wet tundra meadows and alpine slopes from June to mid-July. It gets its name from its unique shape and blooms to about 10″ high with magenta flowers with a white ring. As is common with a number of Alaska wildflowers, there are a few variations to the Shooting star, and it may differ slightly in height based on location and climate.
Wildflowers along the Richardson highway, Interior, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres /

In spite of chilly and windy conditions in the mountains, blankets of color fill valleys and cover meadows, like this yellow field of Alaska poppies at nearly 4000 feet elevation in Highway Pass, along the Denali National Park Road. It is a wonder that the small petals of this delicate plant remain attached amidst the blustery winds that rip across the alpine tundra!

Alaska wildflower photos and natural history information by Alaska photographer Patrick Endres. License stock photos for commercial use or purchase fine art prints for your home or office.