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Archaeologists are not unlike truckers. Exploring Minnesota and Wisconsin's oddities, scenery, culture, back roads, and eateries helps keep me sane.

14 October 2010

To the Heartbeat of a Larch or the Larch in my Heartbeat


Larches lining Webb Lake, Wisconsin

















The larch or tamarack is a stunning tree in autumn.  I didn't know this tree existed among other conifers until I was bombarded by a sea of gold last fall.  But then, I grew up in southern Wisconsin.  This tree is extremely cold tolerant, found on the edges of tundras, in mountains, near the arctic, and - to my delight - in far northern Wisconsin.  It's a deciduous coniferous tree, and I didn't know those could exist either.   

 I learned something new and now it's one of my favorites.


Sumac is also beautiful in autumn...



30 degrees and an October sunrise over Webb Lake