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Fireweed | by David Cartier
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Fireweed - the iconic flower of the North ( and official Territorial flower of the Yukon). I took this up near the Arctic Circle over two weeks ago and was surprised to see it already tall and nearly in full bloom way up north, when down here it was barely even noticeable as yet. The weather's been hotter up there ( it usually is at this time of year) and I guess all that 24 hr. sun works wonders.

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Taken on June 25, 2008