The things you notice with sunglasses on. This time it was the surprising red colour of a newborn tamarack cone. Even without sunglasses, they’re a beautiful red.
Ever since attending a concert by the Nova Scotian children’s entertainers The Wilderbeats, described in Rural Delivery magazine as “Madcap oracles of nature’s voice for a new generation,” looking at a tamarack tree makes me think of their Tamarack Song:
Tamarack, Hackmatack, Juniper, and Larch
Absolutely naked from November until March
It’s got CONES! and it’s got NEEDLES!
But it isn’t what it seems…
It’s decidedly deciduous and never evergreen
Of course, it’s not really a juniper, but that’s one of the many names people use for this conifer that sheds its needles every fall.