First Snow of the Season

We woke up to the first dusting of snow today. It kept snowing through early afternoon, but it’s too warm for anything to stick.

This is late in the year for Fairbanks to get its first snow, and after today there isn’t any in the forecast.

The weather is going to do what it wants. All I can do is be ready to react.

*puts studded tires on car*

Fireweed Watch, September 10

We’ve been hitting freezing temperatures overnight!

The mushrooms are wilting. Most of them look like old mounds of mashed potatoes.

The cranberry bushes and raspberry bushes have all turned, too.

The backyard certainly looks different from last week! I would have taken more shots, but as you can see at the top of the frame the yellow jackets are still buzzing around.

Hopefully next year we can keep the yellow jackets away. It’s hard enough to enjoy the Alaskan outdoors with the huge mosquitoes everywhere, but at least bug spray keeps them away. Yellow jackets have proven hard to get rid of.

But winter, it is coming. 😈

Fireweed Watch, September 3

Some of the fireweed is turning yellow, orange, and red. But several stalks are hanging onto the green.

The mushrooms are still growing and multiplying.

Not sure what happened to these big guys. Maybe they got too much rain.

Taking the backyard as a whole, we still have a lot of autumn weather to enjoy.

Fireweed Watch, August 27

The fireweed is starting to rust, and we’ve been invaded by mushrooms.

And wild cranberries.

The heads on these are the size of bread plates.

Last year, I only saw one mushroom on the property and it was a tiny brown thing. But this year we have so much more firewood and have gotten so much more rain, the mushrooms are popping up everywhere. I tried to capture the prettier ones.

I hope they aren’t poisonous for the local wildlife’s sake.

Fireweed Watch, August 13


The flowers at the top are starting to wilt…


Still no rust on the leaves.

Our high temperatures have been in the 60s, and it’s presently raining. I had to turn the furnace on two days last week. Another couple of months and the studded tires will be back on the car.

Time to finish preparing for winter so when it (finally) gets here we can relax!

Fireweed Watch, July 30

This is another angle of that patch of fireweed, weeds, and baby trees. Not much rust showing up yet. Bummer. I’m ready for the heat to stop and the snow to start.

The original side of this patch has overgrown with bird vetch, which is threatening to overtake everything that hasn’t been mowed. It’s a relatively pretty vine, but I prefer our trees and the vine will smother them. Add “vine pulling” to the growing list of chores that need done before it snows.