When I was a little kid, I drew two kinds of trees:
the round ones (deciduous), and
the triangular ones (coniferous).
Because those are the two types of trees, right?
(Simple minded, just maybe?)
Now, we do have some confusing ones that look like they would be deciduous, but their leaves are thick and waxy, and don't drop in the winter. Think rhododendrons, azaleas, and madronas.
Okay, so there are three kinds of trees ;D
And then there are larches.
As we were driving over the pass (think high altitude) Kerry was reminiscing about a trip we took up to Banff and Jasper, in Canada, and talking about some unique trees there, and how he wished he could see them again, "but it's too bad they don't grow here."
...as I was photographing them out the car window and asking him to stop.
"You mean, larch trees, like these?"
Larch trees are tricky.
Most of the year, they look like a normal coniferous evergreen tree.
You know, like a big Christmas tree.
But in the fall, their blue-green needles (leaves)
turn golden and eventually drop.
We hit it at just the right time :D
With the sun shining through them, they seemed to glow.
I'm glad we stopped, because as the highway sloped down this valley we quit seeing them, as these are Alpine Larch, and only grow at high elevations.
I'm amazed at the diversity God put on the earth - so far beyond what is necessary!
Beauty, for no reason, but for His glory :D