Spectacular Tamaracks

Astrid Lake Bog Walk

Astrid Lake Bog Walk

The subtle colors in the bog right now are putting on a show. Especially the Tamaracks.

Tamarack in Spring green

Tamarack in Spring green

Tamarack is considered a conifer and has short green needles like the Black Spruce that they commonly grow alongside, but in the Fall Tamaracks lose their needles like a deciduous tree. I’ve never noticed before that they go through quite a change as they take on their fall color. Right now, before they turn their customary “Smokey Gold” color, they are a very bright Spring green color.

Tamarack

Tamarack

The bright green really shows up against the dark green of the Black Spruce. What a sharp contrast to a rather dreary Fall day.

Red Moss

Red Moss

In many places the ordinarily green Spagnum Moss has turned red!

Pitcher Plant

Pitcher Plant

When I was downloading the photos, I noticed that I also got this little Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia purpurea in the photo. You can still see the red veins that this plant uses to attract insects.

Buffleheads

Buffleheads

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