Day 200: Something Beautiful—Fireweed

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of a year.

A long video shoot. Not enough sleep. And the surreal realization that you are on the edge of the grid. All, in and of themselves, good reasons for that trapped in a snow globe  feeling. No pun intended as I write this from Anchorage, Alaska after day 1 of the arctic FireweedMidadventure.

Clouds hung over the city today but did not completely obscure the bottom half of the Chugach Mountains. The sky is blue as is the water. The plants are green with multicolored blossoms. But the colors are different. A variation on what the lower 48 have. I was introduced today to the “fireweed.” Not fire-colored but a rich fuchsia. Yes. The colors here are different. Clean color. Colore polito.


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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7 Responses to Day 200: Something Beautiful—Fireweed

  1. irisoniris says:

    Beautiful indeed. I loved the self-imposed initiative and I should probably be doing the same. 😀

  2. ephiker says:


    Beautiful photos.
    Did you know they make honey and syrup out of fireweed?
    It grows all over Colorado too.
    It’s name comes from it being one of the first plants to grow after forest fires.
    We hiked in the burned area of Cub Lake last weekend and the fireweed stood out in contrast to all the black ash.
    Enjoy Alaska and say hello to Sarah.

  3. Ashley Belcher says:

    Breathtaking!!!! I’m so glad we met!

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