The other day I took a hike on the Norway Trail. There are places on the trail where the Wintergreen grows in big swaths.
Wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens
This plant stays evergreen all winter under the snow. When you crush a leaf between your fingers, you can smell the wintergreen scent. Some places on the trail where there is a lot of sunshine, the Wintergreen has turned a dark burgundy color.
Bog Cranberry, Vaccinium oxycoccos
And this plant that we call Fragrance Fern, I don’t think that’s what its called. I can’t find it in any of my books by that name. The crushed leaves of this plant have a pleasant scent. They’ve turned to a bright orange color.
There seems to be an influx of Gray Jays coming in to the area. There’s always the resident Jays all summer, but in the fall their numbers increase. This curious Gray Jay was travelling by himself.