While out to see the aspen fall colors I was surprised to stumble upon these western larches along NF-3419 near Fort Klamath, Oregon. These I didn't expect to find here in Southern Oregon & if it wasn't for their vibrant yellow I would've easily bypassed them. According to the website below, there are a few growing on a plantation along Clover Creek Road b/w Ashland & Keno. The largest in the state is in the Wallowa Mountains w/ a seven foot diameter. Here I counted seven of them growing including one barely revealing itself underneath a large noble fir. The dryer east side of the Cascades has more sun & elevations suitable for them (this is at about 5,600 feet). On the satellite view this is the boundary of a thinned forest so either a few of them were planted after logging (though not in any particular alignment) or maybe their seeds were carried by migrating birds (as this area is a raptor haven).
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.