Tamarack Trees

 I’ve been on the road alot lately, and had the chance to spend a short time on the campus of Willam and Mary Law School in Williamsburg.  While my friend did some research in the law library, I wandered around outside with my camera.  Of course.

The first thing I saw when I walked out of the door was this stunning sculpture of John Marshall and George Wythe.

And the front was as captivating as the back.

As I turned around, I was struck by the beauty of the campus.

It was early in December yet I still found what looked like spring.

Then I saw the Tamarack Trees off in the distance.  Their gorgeous needles were almost glowing.

Though the tamarack tree resembles other evergreens, it is actually a deciduous conifer, meaning that it sheds it’s needles every fall.

Research in the library was over so I took one last shot before getting back on the road.

25 thoughts on “Tamarack Trees

  1. I love tamaracks. The shape of them and the fact hey send their needles. I was just talking with a friend about dawn redwoods, which too the same thing, as well as bald cypress. A colleague a couple years ago mentioned that a large tree was dead near our building and wondered how it would be dealt with. He was very pleased in spring when it came out in new needles! And that sculpture!! The motion of it. There’s a sculpture of an angel in Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgetown and it looks as though it could take flight. How do sculptors do that???

    • Lisa, I did not know that about dawn redwoods and the bald cypress. Thanks for your sharing your knowledge. Thanks also for describing the sculpture. Your words are on point: the movement. I was completely taken with it.
      I’m a bit late getting to comments. Sending wishes for a peaceful holiday season!

    • Thank you, Derrick. I’m a bit late getting back to comments. Wishing you, and your family, a lovely holiday season, and I look forward to catching up on your blog soon!

  2. Beautiful images Laurie πŸ™‚ The Tamaracks are gorgeous and its interesting that they shed their needles. Im very surprised you didn’t stop that guy on the motorcycle and ask for a ride in the sidecar, LOL.

    • Hello Joe! I’m here! Finally …
      Wouldn’t it be a hoot to ride in that sidecar? It reminded me of the old Andy Griffith episode where Barney purchases an old motorcycle with a sidecar. Did you ever watch that show?
      I’m waaaaayyyyyyy behind on WP … hope to visit your blog this weekend.
      Happy Christmas to you and Terry!

  3. Laurie, I’ve never heard of the Tamarack tree, but it may be my new favorite. Those colors are spectacular! What beautiful images you’ve captured here, top to bottom. I find myself wishing I could step in to so many of your images. You find an endlessly beautiful array of subject matter. xo

    • Alys, how do you always say the right thing?
      I’m terribly behind on WP and feel disconnected.
      Are you over the flu? I surely do hope so and that you are able to enjoy Christmas! I’m hoping to visit your blog soon! XO

  4. Oh my goodness!! I loved the statues! The campus was lovely and I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a Tamarack tree but that one was stunning in all it’s late autumn glory. Mostly, I am in love with those seed pods on the tree. I use things like that in wreaths that I make from pine cones, and all manner of seed pods. My kids tease me because I can collect 30 gallon cans full of them and be happier than if I had a box full of jewelry. I haven’t seen a Deodar Cedar tree since moving to the PNW and they have a similar pod. Like a rosette. Your tree has an ethereal look to it. Wow!

    • Hello, hello! I’m so behind on replies, but I’ve thought of you and those seed pods every time I see that photo. I’m so glad I captured it, even if I didn’t know you would love it.
      I hope to visit your blog this weekend, and in the meantime, wish you peace during this holiday season. XO

      • Thank you, Laurie and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you as well. I think I post less often than you so you are not missing much, πŸ™‚ Just enjoy your holiday and catch up later. Hugs.

  5. I don’t think we have tamaracks here–but your photos surely make me wish we did! Lovely! The campus of William and Mary is so gorgeous–sort of what a university should look like, in a perfect world!

    • You said it just right. It does seem to represent “university”.
      Kerry, I am so behind on replies, and I’m anxious to catch up with you and everyone.
      Sending peace and happy thoughts to you this season

  6. We don’t have Tamarack trees around here, so thanks for sharing those gorgeous photos of the golden needles, along with the beauty of the college. I hope you got enough riding in this year, Laurie, before winter really sets in.

    • I am so missing the riding. The bike is on it’s charger as I fear I won’t be riding for several weeks … travel more than weather, sadly.
      I’m so behind on visiting blogger friends. Hope to visit your place soon, and in the meantime, am sending happy and peaceful thoughts your way!

      • No worries on the blog visits, Laurie. This is a busy time and I’ve been having a hard time keeping up with the blogging stuff myself, even without traveling. Have safe travels and a merry holiday!

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