Montana Outdoors

October 23, 2018

Western Larch

Filed under: Trees — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 9:19 pm

Western Larch

Western Larch ~ larix occidentalis

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  1. I remember a larch at the border of the woods at the farm where I kept my horse, when I was growing up back in New England. At dusk these golden trees almost seemed like their own light source. I never forgot that tree.

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    Comment by Lavinia Ross — October 23, 2018 @ 9:48 pm

    • I have often thought of them that way. Now, as they pass their peak color they will lose their needles and the forest trails and roads will seem to be paved with gold.

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      Comment by montucky — October 23, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

  2. They sure stand out at this time of year!

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — October 23, 2018 @ 10:29 pm

  3. That beautiful blue sky again; such a nice contrast to the various tree colours.

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    Comment by Candice — October 23, 2018 @ 10:57 pm

    • I love the blue sky here. At higher elevations and away from cities the air is clean and therefore looks darker blue.

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      Comment by montucky — October 24, 2018 @ 7:51 pm

  4. A fascinating tree!

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    Comment by centralohionature — October 24, 2018 @ 4:45 am

    • They are beautiful trees and their wood is very useful. They are also quite hardy and when mature are very resistant to fire. Lately they have been seeded to replace trees burned in forest fires as well as to reseed logged areas.

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      Comment by montucky — October 24, 2018 @ 7:53 pm

  5. Wow, what a nice contrast with the blue sky and gold tree! Are you seeing much color in the trees this fall out there? Because we are not. 😦 Our leaves are just drying up, turning brown, and dropping. Very little color unfortunately.

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — October 24, 2018 @ 6:21 am

  6. Oh, that orange-brown against the blue!

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — October 24, 2018 @ 7:52 am

    • Yes, it really stands out. This year we have had both great color in the Larch needles and quite a bit of clear blue sky.

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      Comment by montucky — October 24, 2018 @ 7:56 pm

  7. It’s deciduous? Beautiful!

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    Comment by Val — October 24, 2018 @ 2:51 pm

    • Yes. The Larch is one of about 20 species of trees that are both deciduous and coniferous.

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      Comment by montucky — October 24, 2018 @ 8:04 pm

  8. A little more compact than our larches but still very beautiful, especially against the amazingly blue sky.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — October 24, 2018 @ 3:29 pm

  9. The detail in the larger version is marvelous. As for color, there isn’t a maple or oak in the world that could outshine a larch in full color. They’re all pretty, but this is special.I’m so happy for you that you’ve had such glorious skies to serve as your background.

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    Comment by shoreacres — October 24, 2018 @ 5:23 pm

    • I went out today and got some photos of some ridges that are covered with Larch and then a few of some Black Cottonwoods along a river. The Larch are now starting to shed their needles and the Cottonwoods are shedding leaves.

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      Comment by montucky — October 24, 2018 @ 8:12 pm

  10. Just look at those colours! Such a joy to behold!!!

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    Comment by de Wets Wild — October 24, 2018 @ 8:47 pm

    • Out here the forest and the back country celebrates each of the four seasons with some kind of display of beauty. This is the fall celebration.

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      Comment by montucky — October 24, 2018 @ 9:16 pm

  11. Gorgeous, wish we had them in northern AZ.

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    Comment by Candace — October 25, 2018 @ 6:55 pm

  12. Hope you post this to iNaturalist.org! If you like travelling around taking pictures of plants, iNat is the place for you 🙂

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    Comment by Tait — October 29, 2018 @ 1:05 pm

  13. I think that latch just might be showing off! Wonderful colours 🙂👏

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — October 29, 2018 @ 11:10 pm

  14. Well captured stunning pic.

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    Comment by Sartenada — November 6, 2018 @ 1:16 am

    • Thanks Matti. This photo shows a little of the size of the mature tree.

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      Comment by montucky — November 6, 2018 @ 9:30 am


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