Fall Tamarack Time: The Golden Days

The golden days of the tamaracks are upon us, and a sunny day brings out their best. The tamarack is the only conifer tree that changes color and drops its needles in the fall. The tamarack is found in the bogs, swamps, and other lowland areas of northern Minnesota. A warm and sunny fall day inspired a drive and a hike on Lake Bemidji State Park’s Bog Walk to check them out. On the way there, I had to remind myself to keep my eyes on the road.

tamarack in their gold fall colors line roadway

While the wildflowers are gone, the bog walk is still beautiful this time of year.

Fall colors of tamarack line boardwalk at Lake Bemidji State Park

I caught a glimpse of a tamarack bathed in sunlight in a small clearing. It appeared to glow.

Sunlight on tamarack appears to make tree glow

The view of Big Bog Lake at the end of the boardwalk was spectacular.

Lake Bemidji State Park's Big Bog Lake surrounded by fall color tamaracks

Pretty as it was today, soon the needles will drop and leave the branches bare. However, come spring, the cycle starts all over again with a fresh batch of green.

green needles of tamarack emerging in spring


~ by Pinetree Photo Nature Discovery on October 14, 2014.

6 Responses to “Fall Tamarack Time: The Golden Days”

  1. Looks like the tree in the third photo is ablaze. The Golden Days for sure.

  2. I miss fall and your pictures remind me why. Love the golden glow of the tamarac but the simplicity of the green needles in the last photo is lovely.

  3. Great idea, Lynn. I have been thinking about possible images for a couple holiday cards.

  4. Thanks – the sun certainly does work magic at times!

  5. Fabulous! Thanks for sharing. The gold tree could be a Holiday care, Carol!

  6. Great photos, especially love the burning bush. And the commentary.

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