Alpine Larch in Autumn
September 17, 2011
The photo above shows both the beautiful golden colors of the subalpine larch or Lyalls Larch (Larix lyallii Parl) as well as its distribution at and just below the tree line. This is how these deciduous coniferous trees appear in the Cascades Mountains of Washington State prior to shedding their needles. The view is looking west at the eastern boundary of the North Cascades National Park. Silver Star Mountain, The Needles, and the Golden Horn are shown in the background, from left to right, respectively. Photo taken on morning of September 29, 2010 — I was positioned at the 7,000 ft level (2,134 m) on Slate Peak.
Photo details: 1/320 shutter speed; 6.3 aperture; ISO 200; EF28-105mm lens; f/3.5-4.5; 28 mm focal length.