As the fall colors fade in La Grande, as leaves fill yards and streets, the western larch (tamarack) are just beginning to radiate color. These trees are deciduous conifers that shed their needles after a late fall golden display. In the springtime, the fresh needles are a bright pale green, offering a totally different sheen. The grow straight and tall, like candles, up to a height of one hundred and eighty feet. I love to wander in and around them in the Mt Emily Recreation Area, as the bright sunlight bounces off their needles.
|western larch, tamarack|
|Grande Ronde Valley|
|Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA|
|MERA, Mt Emily Recreation Area|