In October the Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania went on a field trip to Christner Bog on Mt. Davis, the highest mountain (actually a plateau) in Pennsylvania. We were admonished to bring waterproof boots so I wore my best muck boots. They’re ankle high and they were not enough.
It rained so much this fall that the bog was over-full. I learned that day that plateau bogs are surrounded by a moat of deeper water. (Knee-high boots required!) It was a huge challenge to tiptoe on submerged branches and lumps to cross the moat.
On the other side of the moat, the water was still too deep for my boots so I stood on a hummock while everyone else explored the center of the bog.
So I picked one, shown at top.
I wish I’d opened the berry to see the air chambers that hold its tiny seeds.
Instead I dropped the berry in the moat on my way out, hoping an animal would eat it later.
I’d forgotten that cranberries float.
(photos by Kate St. John)