An Alaska wildflower bouquet

Bluebells

Dear winter reader,

This is a gift for you, dear reader, that I have been saving for some time.

Those of you who have read The Snow Child might recall a scene in which Mabel

Starflower

spends the morning picking bouquets of wildflowers. It’s June, and the Alaska forest is adorned in the fragile petals of arctic rose, starflowers and bluebells.

Arctic rose

Last June, I went for a walk with my camera through the sunshine and green, and I photographed the flowers I describe in the book. Then I put them away for another day.

Wild geranium

Looking outside at the gray sky and snow drifts, listening to the wind blow over the top of our house, I’ve decided it’s time to give them to you. So here they are.

 

Dwarf dogwood

Cheers!

Eowyn

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Novel Girl
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 11:27:00

    Beautiful flowers! The same beauty as you describe Alaska in “The Snow Child”. 🙂

  2. Sue Mathis
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 11:36:37

    Thanks Eowyn! I needed a little “summer” on this windy, grey day!

  3. Vivian Faith Prescott
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 12:30:38

    I love those bluebells and the arctic roses. In Sitka we call the arctic roses “Sitka Rose.” My step-daughter makes gourmet jelly out of them (Simple Pleasures) and sells them locally and online. Anyway, thanks for sharing the lovely photos. Now I really can’t wait for spring!

  4. Donna Braendel
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 12:43:57

    Thanks you Eowyn ❤ ..You made a February winter day look hopeful.

  5. Robert Soul
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 07:12:54

    I have to visit.

  6. Stacy (Hightower) Niwa
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 09:32:14

    I just read that part in the book a couple days ago and imagined the flowers exactly as you did Eowyn. This is an incredible story and your words put me in Mabel’s mind, body, and spirit as I am reading. Thank you!

  7. Novel Girl
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 16:21:56

    Hi, readers. For anyone interested, I’ve interviewed Eowyn on my blog. Find out why “The Snow Child” is one of the top picks for 2012 and why everyone’s talking about it: http://rebeccaberto.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/author-interview-eowyn-ivey-on-her-debut-novel-the-snow-child/

  8. sarah davis
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 00:53:44

    Hi Eowyn
    beautiful photographs – the colours are breathtaking
    there was a good review of ‘the snow child’ in the times times this week
    best wishes Sarah

  9. Ann DeSalvo
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 03:01:35

    Just read the last sentence in Snow Child and was sad that the story was over. That is the sign for me that it is a great story. I visit AK every summer to see my son and his family and have photos of the same wildflowers. I read this on my kindle and now I will be asking for an autographed copy next time family is in Palmer. I hope here is a next book. Ann from Iowa

  10. ~T~
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 08:55:52

    We have the same flowers here in Washington, so that lovely scene was easy to imagine. I haven’t seen them lately, though, so thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed reading your beautiful story. Well done!

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