Bunchberries and Ferns
These flowering bunchberries (
) and ferns were part of the understory in the temperate rain forest. Bunchberries are in the dogwood family. After the banquet, we took an evening drive and hike. As we drove over a bridge across a stream, I spotted a small bird perched on a branch. Although I couldn’t tell what it was, I told Steve about it after we stopped. He took off like a jackrabbit in his van. When the rest of us caught up, we found out that the bird was an American dipper which was apparently roosting for the night. We watched it for at least 15 minutes. Although it blinked its eyes and sang once, it never moved. This was my great find for the trip. Unfortunately, the light was too weak for good photography. We also attracted a crowd of onlookers from a nearby tavern and a policeman who asked us not to block the road. After that, we drove back to Anchorage. After spending the next day in the Anchorage area, we departed for home.