But someone had definitely been along them since I'd last made the trek. A spot of color caught my eye...
Oh, how enchanting, I thought! But what an odd choice of tree, when there were more Christmas Tree-like specimens just... well, look at that!
But that wasn't all!
This tree had three of them:
The light was not good - I think it was technically past sunset at this point, and I trudged further than I otherwise might have, peering around for more. I wasn't disappointed!
This particular tree is a monster - to give you some scale, Norway appears in the first photo, down and to the left. I tried to get the full tree in the frame and failed from every angle - you see only about a third of it in the first view.
Then there was a long gap and I began to think about turning around, when I saw a bit of color - green that was definitely not spruce tree. But it wasn't another ornament!
For the more southerly of you, this is a dog-booty! It is an honored trail tradition to hang lost mittens or dog booties on a prominent branch when you come across them, so they don't get drifted under the snow and the original owner has a chance of finding them again.
It was a fun end to the trail of ornaments in the wild. I walked considerably further, but didn't find any more.
Whatever neighbor put these out, I thank you. You brightened and delighted my day.
I hope they do the same for you, lovely readers.
May your Christmas be filled with unexpected beauty.