Monday, October 24, 2011

Golden Larch - The Evergreen That Isn't

 Larix lyallii

At least, that's what wikipedia calls the species of golden larch that populates our area of the Canadian Rockies.

In the fall, these evergreens become golden ... it's quite a sight to behold!

It is as if the usually dark green waxy leaves light up from within. The contrast between the yellow glow and the dark branches and trunks is striking.

The gold colour varies from a rusty bronze through a bright yellow to an almost neon green.

These photos were taken earlier this week, in the Toby Creek valley, between the Columbia Valley town of Invermere, and the alpine resort of Panorama Mountain Village.

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  1. Wow! I've never seen such a thing- they're beautiful : ) Thanks for sharing these photos! Nicely done.

  2. They are unusual, aren't they, Karen? It's almost like they glow from the inside ...