Montana Outdoors

October 24, 2018

The Larch at Weeksville Divide

Filed under: Autumn, Trees — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 9:42 pm

Today I visited a large display of Western Larch that grows just to the north of the Weeksville Creek Divide at the headwaters of Todd Creek. The tall mountain in the background is the site of the photos in the two previous posts.

Larch at Todd creek

Larch at Todd Creek

Larch at Todd Creek

Larch at Todd Creek

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  1. Gorgeous pictures. We don’t have larch here, so I didn’t realize until this post of yours that they are conifers. They’re beautiful!!

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    Comment by Laura Elizabeth — October 24, 2018 @ 10:10 pm

    • Yes, they’re beautiful trees . At maturity they will reach a height of 200 feet. In summer they blend in with all of the evergreens and are hardly noticed. In winter they are bare and look dead. In spring they are a beautiful lime green as they grow their new needles and in fall, this gold.

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      Comment by montucky — October 24, 2018 @ 10:24 pm

  2. Very colorful autumn leaves.

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    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — October 24, 2018 @ 11:11 pm

    • Yes. The Larch take over the forest scene when they turn color.

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      Comment by montucky — October 25, 2018 @ 7:31 am

  3. Such an impressive display of colour!

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — October 24, 2018 @ 11:32 pm

    • That particular place is well off the beaten path but worthwhile visiting because of the concentration of Larch there.

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      Comment by montucky — October 25, 2018 @ 7:36 am

  4. nature is wonderful and becomes a real tableau when fall colors arrive

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    Comment by Yoshimiparis Photographie — October 25, 2018 @ 1:52 am

    • It sure does. It’s a beautiful way to end the summer and begin the approach of winter with a warm feeling.

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      Comment by montucky — October 25, 2018 @ 7:39 am

  5. Magnificent. Nothing beats Autumn (Fall) colour in your part of the world. Lovely images of them too 🙂

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    Comment by Vicki — October 25, 2018 @ 3:28 am

    • It was especially nice to see this year because of the spell of clear weather that we have had.

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      Comment by montucky — October 25, 2018 @ 7:47 am

  6. Fabulous colours!

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    Comment by Val — October 25, 2018 @ 5:51 am

  7. Spectacular! I wish there was a “love” button on WordPress instead of just “like.” ♥

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — October 25, 2018 @ 7:30 am

    • The needles are already beginning to fall. Next, the forest floor will be golden and soft under foot from the needles and the Larch will be dormant until spring.

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      Comment by montucky — October 25, 2018 @ 7:52 am

  8. I only learned about larch trees a few years ago. You have captured them so wonderfully, montucky. An unusual and stunning specimen.

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    Comment by Jet Eliot — October 25, 2018 @ 1:06 pm

  9. Beautiful! I have been enjoying them as well!

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    Comment by Brian Sostrom — October 25, 2018 @ 1:55 pm

  10. They really are amazing. To think that they’ll lose all that color soon!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — October 25, 2018 @ 3:14 pm

    • They are already. They are ready for their winter sleep.

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      Comment by montucky — October 25, 2018 @ 6:18 pm

  11. I am so loving these photos – so amazing!

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    Comment by M.B. Henry — October 25, 2018 @ 4:01 pm

    • I’m glad that you enjoy the Larch! They are forest wonders! I think you would also enjoy the soft feel of the needles as they fall.

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      Comment by montucky — October 25, 2018 @ 6:19 pm

  12. Amazing!

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    Comment by Candace — October 25, 2018 @ 6:56 pm

  13. Oh wow! You just keep bowling us over with the most beautiful canvasses!

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    Comment by de Wets Wild — October 25, 2018 @ 8:15 pm

    • The color of the Larch is an annual event, but this year they are prettier than usual and we have had a stretch of nice weather at the right time. I’m glad I was able to get some pictures.

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      Comment by montucky — October 25, 2018 @ 9:19 pm

  14. It’s amazing to see so many gold trees across such a large area — as far as the eye can see. For them all to change at the same time is just miraculous. I remember how sharp frosts can suddenly bring color, and I’m sure the same dynamic’s at work here. I’d have a hard time keeping myself indoors if I were there!

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    Comment by shoreacres — October 26, 2018 @ 6:04 am

    • It’s well worth the effort of getting out of the valley this time of year, but it’s surprising how many people don’t. Personally, I’m out of doors about 90% of the daylight hours in all seasons and I’m richly rewarded for it. (And very lucky to be able to do it!)

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      Comment by montucky — October 26, 2018 @ 1:15 pm

  15. Truly beautiful, Terry…my only exposure to Larch trees remains here on your blog…fascinating that they are conifers. What a presence they have in the forest….

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    Comment by seekraz — October 27, 2018 @ 1:29 pm

    • They are magnificent trees. In summer they seem to hide in among the evergreens but in fall they sure make their presence known. Their numbers are surprising.

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      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2018 @ 9:52 pm

  16. More WOWs! Such lovely, golden colors!!

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    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — October 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

    • They seem brighter because of their nice contrast to the greens of the pine, fir and hemlock. They are now producing a golden rain of needles.

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      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2018 @ 9:54 pm

  17. What a beautiful sight! The rain of golden needles mist be beautiful, too!

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    Comment by Lavinia Ross — October 28, 2018 @ 10:02 am

    • I haven’t been out the last few days, but the roads and trails in the back country must be turning gold from those needles. I love seeing that!

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      Comment by montucky — October 29, 2018 @ 11:28 am

  18. Hi Montucky, Gorgeous photography! The change of colors is something I do miss from my brief residence in TN a few years ago. Here in Central FL, we have a few Cypress Trees and a few maples in the hardwood swamps that change over to gold before dropping needles or leaves. Our Live Oaks don’t even drop leaves until February! So, enjoy your beautiful mountain scenery – I know you do! Have a great coming week.

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — October 28, 2018 @ 1:58 pm

    • I would miss the fall colors that we have here. It’s a celebration before the onset of winter.

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      Comment by montucky — October 29, 2018 @ 11:29 am

  19. Oh these really are gorgeous! Cloud puffs and rows of gold 😊

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — October 30, 2018 @ 1:26 am

    • I played a lucky hunch and got there when the sky was clear and the trees were at the peak of color. It’s nice to see.

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      Comment by montucky — October 30, 2018 @ 10:35 pm

  20. Landscapes which You present are incredibly beautiful. Thank You.

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    Comment by Sartenada — November 6, 2018 @ 1:15 am

    • With their size and large numbers, the Larch really put on a display of color.

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      Comment by montucky — November 6, 2018 @ 9:28 am


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