sound of Spring begins with what is called "breakup".
The ice is breaking up in the inlet, the snow is showing signs
of dissipating, with little puddles here and there, and the days
are getting longer by about 7 minutes a day. Being one of the
shortest seasons, Spring, comes on slow but sure. The snow berms
gradually disappear and the walkers are bundled up and ready
to spend time out of doors. The long winter months have been
hard on the wild animals and they, too, welcome the change. A
new season is here and it means a great bounty for all.
Peaking out of
the last remaining layers of snow, the first green growth begins
and it is the brightest green that you can imagine. Small vines,
new leaves, and flower buds work their way to the surface and
burst out of the ground in riotous color. They know that this
glorious moment is fleeting, but for now, they have up to 13
hours of daylight each day to grow. Spring is here!
Collar is a small sampling of the amazing flora of a spring in
Alaska. Our backpacking trips to Alaska have taken us on so many
wonderful adventures, each one filling our days with amazing
views: The Wrangell St.-Elias mountain range; stark scenery mixed
with carpets of flowers in Polychrome Pass, in Denali National
Park; and also in myriad flower beds and baskets in frontier
towns like Chitna and McCarthy. Anchorage is no exception, as
it is called the "City of Flowers".
A three dimensional
trumpet flower and Bull thistle take center stage on two vines
of tubular Peyote stitch, ending in beaded cones and a flower
bud clasp. Vines and leaves wander the surface of the main vines,
intertwined with thin wire mesh. The trumpet flower is created
using unusual lacing techniques to create a delicate look. The
Bull thistle begins with a Peyote stitch body that gets a topknot
of riotous fringes and an encrusted base. The thistle bud is
shaped using Peyote Stitch and embellishing techniques. Leaves
are sprouting, twisting and turning, made using Peyote stitch
and fringing techniques.
Skill level: Advanced. Must be comfortable
with Peyote stitch.