Montana Outdoors

October 31, 2011

Miles and miles of Larch

Filed under: Autumn — Tags: — montucky @ 7:30 pm

Western Larch

This photo was taken from about a mile down Forest Service road 887 from Weeksville Divide above Todd Creek. Mount Baldy in the background is about ten miles to the northeast (line of sight).


  1. Wow! That is beautiful–like a field of golden dandelions in the spring, except on a much grander scale!


    Comment by kateri — October 31, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

  2. I had never heard of larch until I started following your blog. Are they pretty much a Montana tree or do they grow elsewhere as well? Another great photograph!!


    Comment by kcjewel — October 31, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

    • The western Larch are native to British Columbia, Alberta, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Utah. The closely related Tamarack is found in the northeastern states and all over Canada.


      Comment by montucky — October 31, 2011 @ 10:40 pm

  3. I’ve always loved big scenery like this. Now that I am living in the country maybe I can get a few pictures of places like this.


    Comment by Ratty — October 31, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

    • I hope you do, Ratty! It seems to me that living in the country will be a perfect fit for you!


      Comment by montucky — October 31, 2011 @ 10:41 pm

  4. Beautiful!


    Comment by Jo Woolf — November 1, 2011 @ 12:16 am

  5. Totally impressive. What a view, I think the only thing that could possibly beat it would be to fly over it in a small plane.


    Comment by anniespickns — November 1, 2011 @ 6:46 am

  6. Beautiful! It’s amazing what a difference of a little over 100 miles makes: our larch are definitely on their downhill swing. And I saw many bare aspens this past weekend. Winter is coming.


    Comment by columbiahighlands — November 1, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    • Yes, the differences in locations that are rather close can be surprising. Most of the Aspens here are bare now too. Still lots of color on the cottonwoods though.


      Comment by montucky — November 1, 2011 @ 10:26 pm

  7. Wow. What an incredible sight that must be in person. A beautiful photograph.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — November 1, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    • It really is gorgeous to experience, Teresa. A photo can only do so much.


      Comment by montucky — November 1, 2011 @ 10:27 pm

  8. Mercy sakes alive… Montana is so awesome!!! =)


    Comment by Tricia — November 1, 2011 @ 11:32 am

    • I think it is too, Tricia. Perhaps because there is still quite a bit of it that is still in a natural condition.


      Comment by montucky — November 1, 2011 @ 10:35 pm

  9. Larch, a most interesting tree, one of those evolutionary deadends which continue to thrive. I see only a few scattered about in ecological niches near me. To see this sea of them is marvelous!


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — November 1, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    • Larch a very important tree in our forests here. It has very good survival strategies, and the thick bark of the older trees allow them to survive most fires. I’m glad to see that these large stands are doing so well!


      Comment by montucky — November 1, 2011 @ 10:40 pm

  10. That is as good as a stand of maples.


    Comment by sandy — November 1, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

    • They are bright, all right, and can survive the harshness of our winters better than maple. We do have mountain maple here, but it’s really a shrub rather than a big tree. In some of the towns other maples have been planted and have done quite well, but they don’t spread and probably wouldn’t survive in the higher elevations.


      Comment by montucky — November 1, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

  11. Beautiful! What a majestic stand of Larch! How I love this time of year when those trails are carpeted in gold!


    Comment by Maureen — November 1, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

    • I love this too, Maureen! It must be interesting for you to see photos of fall, when you are living in spring at the moment!


      Comment by montucky — November 1, 2011 @ 10:45 pm

  12. Miles and miles of beauty. I just love their color…. it’s so cheery, that even on a dreary day it will seem as if the sun is shining.


    Comment by TheDailyClick — November 1, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

    • They are cheery, and when the sun hits them the seem to glow.


      Comment by montucky — November 1, 2011 @ 10:46 pm

  13. I’ve never seen larch, except here on your blog. I’d really love to see them in autumn like this. It would be so exciting to come upon a sight like this or your previous post. yellow for as far as you can see.


    Comment by Candace — November 1, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

    • The closest they come to you would be in Utah, and I don’t recall if they are in the southern part or not. Perhaps in the high country. I know you would love to see them where they just cover the mountainsides.


      Comment by montucky — November 1, 2011 @ 10:52 pm

  14. I have yet to see an entire mountain in autumn color–what a spectacular sight it is in a photograph, can hardly imagine the real thing.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — November 2, 2011 @ 4:26 am

    • It’s magnificent. I’m so thankful that I can still get into the back country and enjoy scenes like that!


      Comment by montucky — November 2, 2011 @ 9:25 am

  15. The depth of color with these trees make your eyes wonder if there an end.


    Comment by Anonymous — November 2, 2011 @ 6:18 am

    • There are probably millions of acres of forest that include Larch in westen Montana. It does seem as though there is no end.


      Comment by montucky — November 2, 2011 @ 9:27 am

  16. quite gorgeous, looks like home to me!


    Comment by Tammie — November 2, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    • Don’t you love it when the forest looks like that!


      Comment by montucky — November 2, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

  17. I can’t believe it but I don’t think I’ve seen larch before. It’s beautiful.


    Comment by Tammy — November 2, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

    • Western Larch grows in only 6 states, and in the summer it’s difficult to distinguish it from the firs, so it’s easy to miss. It sure changes to looks of the forests this time of year though!


      Comment by montucky — November 2, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

  18. This is glorious!!


    Comment by dhphotosite — November 3, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    • We are having a very pretty fall for colors this year. The Larch are at their peak now.


      Comment by montucky — November 3, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

  19. At first sight, I thought that the landscape presented a cornfield, because the trees were so equally long. It is very beautiful scenery.


    Comment by sartenada — November 4, 2011 @ 4:12 am

    • The trees in the foreground are all about the same age. I think they were planted after a fire.


      Comment by montucky — November 4, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

  20. My inlaws once flew into Missoula this time of year and lamented that all the pine trees were dying. They, like so many others, were not familiar with larch, though tamaracks grow in swamps where they live.


    Comment by Kim — November 9, 2011 @ 6:39 pm

    • That’s interesting. Many people are surprised to find that Larch, which in summer look so much like fir trees or some of the pines, are actually deciduous. Those of us who grew up around them just took it for granted.


      Comment by montucky — November 9, 2011 @ 11:40 pm

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