Just when I think I’ve come across the best name ever, you come up with another for us. KooKooSint makes me laugh, and of course it reminds me of the Kokaburra. Something else I’ve discovered is that the mountains really do look like many paintings I’ve seen. When I first started looking at Western art, I thought the painters were taking liberties with the mountains. In fact, they’re not taking as many liberties as I thought. The shadows are gorgeous.
A man named David Thompson was one of earliest explorers in that area. He was also a cartographer and spent a lot of time at night getting readings from the stars with his sextant. He was called KooKooSint by the local Indians; it was their term for “he who gazes at the stars”.
The ones on the left side are Aspen and the ones to the right (I think) may be rather stunted cottonwoods. The larch are in color there now and I will post a bunch of photos of them in a couple of days. Some of the larch have already shed their needles, some are still just starting to turn color and some are in full color. From my house I can see a lot of the color not far from where this photo was taken. It just calls me to go up there!
Aspens are not as plentiful here as they are in Colorado, for example, but a small group of them sure accents the landscape! They seem to flourish around the rock slides on that slope of the mountains.