These fantastic trees were found on a trip where my friends and I were ghosted by a ghost town!
As a side note, I'm not really a plant nerd, but I am a photo nerd, and I adore finding unusual and beautiful things and places in this world. When I learned (or maybe re-learned) about larch trees recently I got really excited! You see larch trees look like evergreens through the spring and summer, but then in the fall the needles turn golden yellow and they fall off like leaves. Apparently they are also called tamarack trees.
Anyways, back to the ghost town... we headed over to Montana from Spokane to find Taft, a ghost town that was once referred to as "The Wickedest City in America". As we were driving through the mountains I got really excited to see the larch trees, as I thought you had to do a pretty intense hike into the Enchantments in order to see (and thus photograph) them! We took the exit for Taft, then drove around a bit on the gravel roads in the area, searching for the ghost town. In all of our searching we came up empty handed, then finally headed up one last gravel road to check out an incredibly long bike trail tunnel. While we were at the tunnel there was an information board that included a panel about the ghost town, Taft! Come to find out the few surviving abandoned buildings of Taft were razed for the construction of the interstate in 1962!
So to sum up our adventure, I got really excited about some trees and we were ghosted by a ghost town.