Chocolate Lilies (Fritillaria camschatcensis)
With their reddish-brown flowers, bright yellow pistils and stamens, and silvery leaves, these plants are distinctive and attractive in a somewhat sinister way. It is also called the outhouse lily or skunk lily because of its foul odor which attracts flies as pollinators. The bulbs are edible. We saw these along the road on the drive back towards Anchorage from Seward along the coastal highway. A little earlier, we stopped at a fish hatchery where we all saw a distant American dipper, and I was one of the lucky few to get a decent look at a singing varied thrush; two life birds in a few minutes!