A Tamarack Forest in Autumn

Yesterday, M and I went for a hike in Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park. It had rained earlier in the day, but when we got started at about one pm, it was bright and sunny with that sharp clarity of fall light.

Inside a big yellow.
Inside a big yellow.

We hadn’t hiked here before and found ourselves in the midst of a spectacularly yellow aspen forest.

Tree Gold.
Tree Gold.

This forest is recovering from a large, ravaging fire that occurred in 2003. It’s amazing to see some surviving giants, seriously scorched at their bases, but still growing.

The new, the old, and the survivors.
The present, the past, and the survivors.

We climbed through the forest and up to a lookout over Lake Okanagan.

What a view!
What a view!

We finished out the day with a drive along an old railway track. This afforded us some impressive views; we were stopping every 10 metres!


The city of Kelowna is in the distance.
The city of Kelowna is in the distance.

The old railway tracks have been removed and the remaining trail is used for hiking, biking, or creeping along in a truck, as we did.

Forest that escaped the fire.
Forest that escaped the fire.

M and I have experienced some additional life stuff lately and so a day like yesterday was truly fabulous!

I’ll be coming by to catch up with all of you. 🙂

10 thoughts on “A Tamarack Forest in Autumn”

    1. Hi Jill, thank you very much. 🙂 Yes, I am fine. Thanks for asking. I’ve just been very busy with job upheaval and am still in the middle of that. The uncertainty has been kind of nuts-making and stressful but we’re otherwise fine. It’s funny because I was told back in the spring of 2015 that I would undergo a long period of change that wouldn’t settle until the spring of 2017. Seems to be turning out to be true!

    1. That yellow forest was such an amazing surprise. It was actually sort of glowing, a quality that I’m not a good enough photographer to capture.

      Yes, I am fine, thanks for asking. I’ve been completely distracted with significant work-related changes. We are otherwise fine. I’ve been thinking lately about how I was told that I would experience a couple of years of significant change – that’s turning out to be true! I’m certainly ready for things to settle out, though. 🙂

  1. Neat-o! And I’m sorry to be “that person”, but those beautiful trees with the gorgeous golden needles aren’t aspen. What you have here is my favorite tree – the tamarack! Aspen are deciduous (leaves instead of needles) and have white bark. Hope this helps in some way! 🙂

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