The following photos were taken during a rafting trip down the
Firth River, July 15-24, 2006.
The rafting began at Margaret Lake in the Yukon, 68o 49.5 N, 140o 37.1 W and ended at Nunaluk Spit,
69o 33.4 N, 139o 31.9 W.
The elevation of the river varies from 430 m at Margaret Lake to sea level at the Beaufort Sea (Arctic Ocean).
We took several hikes up to 700 m, where some of the wildflowers were seen.
Please scroll down to see the photos.
Click here to see wildflowers in Inuvik or photos of other rafting days.
View other photos on Jean van Berkel's web page
Photo     Date       Comment
#0427     July 21     Pasque-Flower - Anemone patens (TT) - P. 41     (Photo - John Limb)
#0431     July 21
Arctic Catchfly - Silene repens - P. 33     (Photos - John Limb)
#0439     July 21
Siberian Phlox - Phlox sibirica (TT) - P. 141     (Photo - John Limb)
#0813     July 21
Starting our second full-day hike on Red Hills
#5897     July 21
Looking north down the Firth
#5902     July 21
Northern Paintbrush - Castilleja hyperborea - P. 149
#5906     July 21
Thorough-Wort - Bupleurum americanum - P. 109
#0808     July 21
Northern Pink - Dianthus repens (TT)    (not in the book)
#5903     July 21
An acrtic juniper
#5904     July 21
A Chickweed - Cerastium beringianum (TT) - P. 32
#5908     July 21
Arctic Milk-Vetch - Astragalus americanus - P. 95
#0452     July 21
Alpine Milk-Vetch (Mountain Locoweed) - Astragalus alpinus - P. 94
(Photo - John Limb)
#5913     July 22
Rain!   Stayed in camp all day today at Red Hills
#0826   July 22   Four-Petalled Gentian
- Gentianella propinqua - P. 138
#0835   July 22   Bistort
- Polygonum bistorta - P. 29
#0845   July 22   Tall Lungwort (Bluebells)
- Mertensiana paniculata - P. 146
#5914     July 23
Better day today!
#5925     July 23
Lots of water flowing through Canyon Reach
#5930     July 23
White water most of the day through the canyon
#5949     July 23
#5950     July 23
Tent circle left by the natives
#5956     July 23
Trudeau's Finger (a bit of Canadian politics here)
#5963     July 23
Good fun today!
#5982     July 23
Our first sight of riverside snow
#5986     July 23
Our afternoon walk to Engigstciak.
For thousands of years, Inuvialuit people have camped
here on hunting journeys.
#0931     July 23
A willow on the delta
#0868   July 23   Northern Monkshood
- Aconitum delphiniiflorum - P. 38
#0879   July 23   Yellow Marsh Saxifrage -
Saxifraga hirculus - P. 72
#0906   July 23   Blackish Locoweed -
Oxytropis nigrescens? (TT) - P. 101
#0920   July 23   Sudeten Lousewort
- Pedicularis sudetica - P. 155
Photos Jean van Berkel and John Limb
#0926   July 23   Whorled Lousewort
- Pedicularis verticillata - P. 154
#0928   July 23   Elegant Paintbrush
- Castilleja elegans - P. 148
#0958   July 23   Wild Chives
- Allium schoenoprasum - P. 12
#0983   July 23   Parry's wallflower -
Parrya nudicaulis (Brassicaceae)
#5988     July 24
Morning of our only camp on Delta Reach - 69o 25'N
#0987   July 24   Woolly Lousewort
- Pedicularis lanata - P. 154
#0990   July 24   Oxytrope
- close to Oxytropis huddelsonii (TT) - P. 98
Many thanks to Jean van Berkel and John Limb who took many photos when my camera went on the fritz.
A bunch of thanks to Terry Taylor and Virginia Skilton of the
Native Plant Society of BC,
and Alfred Cook of alaskawildflowers.us, who helped to identify many of the plants.
If you see any others that have the wrong name, I'll be happy to hear from you
(please refer to the number above each photo)
Reference pages are given from:
"Wild Flowers of the Yukon, Alaska and Northwestern Canada"
by John Trelawny. 2nd edition, Harbour Publishing, Madeira Park, BC, 2003.
It seems to be the best book covering the flowers we saw in the Yukon.