The Tamarack needles do not turn yellow until late October, when nearly all the other trees have lost their leaves. Tamaracks also commonly grow in large stands of trees, similar to the aspen groves seen in Colorado. What I enjoy most about the Tamarack is that they create a bold splash of color against the otherwise stark, gray landscape of stick season. There were several large stands of Tamaracks along Route 2 between Saint Johnsbury and Marshfield, with the best ones near W. Danville. There were many smaller groups of trees scattered around the NEK, with some nice stands along the Danville to Peacham road. I also found some near Marshfield Pond. During the two days I spent photographing tamaracks I was fortunate to have overcast and foggy conditions, which allowed the rich colors of the needles to stand out better.
If you want to see my 2019 NEK Tamarack images, you can visit this gallery on my photography website
Or you can see a few images in these attachments (click on the image to view larger)
This is a great post and I have a new found love for tamaracks (larch) as we saw many stands when on the peacham barnet road and the barnet center road. They were not developed yet but everywhere we looked, we saw them. Once you can spot them, they really "stand" out!
Your website contains the most beautiful set of tarmarack stands I have ever seen in Vermont! I hope you at least put the town or perhaps a general location. I'm thrilled you found some at Marshfield Pond, which as a matter of fact, has become my most favorite of all ponds I have seen during the foliage season. It has a kind of "intimate" feel to it; it is such a hidden gem.
Thank you for posting these awesome shots. It is lovely to see how bright them are against the green or bare trees. Kudos for you for hitting it spot on!
I'll probably be up to southern Vermont sometime during stick season to get my last "shot in the arm" before the snows arrive!
See you before autumn 2020! CT
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot
loafer 89, I agree, we had a a very good season for oak color in eastern Massachusetts as well (until this past week's wind storm). I don't know if this has anything to do with it, but I have a large oak tree in my front yard, and this year is a bumper crop for acorns. I read an article in the Boston Globe that said every 5 to 7 years oaks produce a an extra heavy level of acorns. I wonder if that cycle is tied into a good year year for oak leaf color too. ctyankys forester buddies probably know the answer to this question.
Utah Baker, I knew there were larch trees in the Canadian Rockies and the Pacific northwest, but I did not know they extended into Utah as well, thanks for the information.
I have been photographing New England autumn color for over 25 years now, and am constantly seeking fresh interpretations of the fall season. I had never visited the NEK this late in the season before, and I was very pleasantly surprised by the subtle beauty of tamaracks during stick season.