I walk the path along the riverbank under sheltering trees. Willow, poplar and alder grow here. The spruce grow farther back, on dryer ground along with an occasional aspen & birch. In the summer, all is green, but now all leaves but spruce have turned golden and will soon carpet the path I walk.
I have been teaching my 8th graders to identify these trees. We have pressed their leaves and this week we will landscape the front of our school with aspen.