Coastal meadow with Indian paintbrush (Castilleja miniata), white Bog Orchid (Platanthera dilatata), cow parsnip (Heracleum maximum) and Pacific silverweed (Argentina pacifica) beside river up Port Houghton, Southeast Alaska, USA.
Port Houghton is a deep inlet on the mainland just to the north of Petersburg. It was one of my favourite peaceful retreats to find solitude in Southeast Alaska, and to enjoy and photograph the beautiful vegetation. It was my favourite place for vegetation because it has such an array of consummate displays of all the lowland, coastal vegetation habitats: flower meadows bursting with blooms and colours: muskeg resplendent with colour and minute detail, especially in the fall, dotted with inky ponds, and lichen and moss festooned dwarf trees: before the surrounding primary old growth temperate rain forest extends up the flanks of the surrounding mountains. Foraging bears frequent the meadows in the summer or dine on salmon in the rivers in the fall. At the head of the inlet there is a salt chuck with a rock where harbour seals haul out.