Nature Photography

Little Bear in the Kinnikinnick

This spring cub is about to meet its first winter.

First, berries.


There are a couple of species of “bear berries” in our mountains in the Northwest, but these sparse ones are the only ones that escaped the spring frosts. Kinnikinnick  is also known as arberry, bear’s grape, crowberry, foxberry, hog cranberry, mealberry, mountain box, mountain cranberry, mountain tobacco, sandberry, upland cranberry, and uva-ursi.

2 replies »

  1. I always thought that arctostaphylos uva-ursi was the best of all names for a plant called “bearberry”: in effect, bearberry bearberry bear-berry.

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