Thursday, November 5, 2009

Day 309: Thinning Out

Day 309: Thinning Out, originally uploaded by susanvg.

I have always loved this larch tree which stands in front of my house. It is an anomaly - a conifer that loses its needles. It waits until the flash of the reds have passed and then changes from green to golden brown. The needles drop, covering the space beneath. Many years the snow falls before all the needles have fallen and they pepper the whiteness with their golden sprinkles.

There is always action in this tree, with squirrels chasing each other up and down or birds feasting on the seeds inside the cones. Down the street, a large tree was cut down. It's moving time for all the creatures who depended on it. Perhaps some will chose to enjoy the embrace of this venerable tree.


  1. While we're quick to admire the strength and beauty of the giant trees in out midst, we don't often notice that they are almost ecosystems unto themselves, supporting different life forms at each level. This one looks like it has lots of cones left to be enjoyed during the cold days ahead.

  2. I like the lacy quality of this photo - and the story that accompanies it.