Golden Larches under Mighty Dolomites
European Larches turn brilliant gold in the shadow of the Italian Dolomites.
When I first saw a photograph of the Italian Dolomites in autumn, I was in disbelief. I thought it was an egregious example of Photoshop fakery. “Pine trees are evergreen, they don’t change colors in fall!” I said. Safe to say, I was ignorant. While this region of the Alps does have pine trees (which are indeed evergreen), it also has another conifer called the European Larch, which is deciduous. As soon as I learned this, the Dolomite region shot to the top of my list of places to visit. I must say, it didn’t disappoint. There is something surreal about seeing the beautiful gold colors of autumn, but in the shape of a tree that my brain will always associate with evergreen. Of course, the stunning mountainous backdrops literally everywhere didn’t hurt either. When combined, the vistas etch images in your memory that are sure to last a lifetime.
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