Slide show: Alaska's endangered 55-gallon 'state flower'

February 25, 2011 

A 55-gallon drum in Alaska's Arctic.

PHOTO BY BRETWOOD HIGMAN / GROUNDTRUTHTREKKING.ORG

If Alaska is on the verge of economic crisis because of dwindling oil reserves, then maybe the state should include a certain 55-gallon object -- bigger than a baby seal but smaller than a sea lion or polar bear -- among its endangered species. With tongue in cheek, Seldovia blogger, photographer and trekker Bretwood Higman has put together a slide show that sort of celebrates what he calls an "Alaska state flower."

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