Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pretty larches

Here in north Idaho, we get very little by way of fall color since our woods are primarily coniferous.  But we do have tamaracks (also called larches).

Tamaracks are unique among conifers in that they turn yellow and drop their needles in the fall, just like deciduous trees do.  They can add quite a dramatic blaze of color in an otherwise solid-green forest in October and November.

I took this in our woods.  (Click on the first photo to enlarge - I took this shot half-way blind - didn't have my glasses on - but it turned out pretty cool.)

Took these on the way home from church. It was a misty foggy day but as I said, they make splashes of yellow among the dark green. Pretty larches!


  1. Hi Patrice,
    Long time reader of your blog. We are shopping for a wood stove here in KY. We have a wood furnace but it doesn't work when the power goes out. Most of the wood furnaces have a safety mechanism that shuts the furnace down when the power goes out so it doesn't overheat/over fire. We are shopping for a wood stove to put in our living area that will work without electric and possibly so we can cook on it. Can you comment or make a post about your wood stove? thanks and God Bless, ann From KY

  2. Larches are pretty. The contrasting yellow patches among the green background are indeed very beautiful. Now I'll have to dig out my tree books and read more about them, including the etymology of the 2 names for the same tree. Thanks for the tree info. I'd love to see a closeup of the needles and cones. Hint, hint. (But not if the bears haven't hibernated yet.)

    Anonymous Patriot

  3. It could mean that some of those coniferuos trees are dying. I hope not but there is a fair amount of that going around.