Mining for Gold in Banff!

Say what? Banff is a National Park and protected isn't it?

Yes it most assuredly is – however the Gold I speak of are the Larch trees. They render in a gorgeous golden yellow orange hue come Fall in the alpine of Banff National Park .

It is that Gold that you can mine , and it's that gold that seems to create a similar “gold rush” fever as people hike through the Rockies , into the alpine zone , to find the stands of larch trees aglow in their Fall golden hue.

 

The larch tree is the only conifer that looks like an evergreen ( is an evergreen) but come Fall , it's needles turn a golden yellow orange and drop to the ground. In the Park we don't have to rake leaves!

The peak time varies from year to year. The weather – hot and dry, cool and moist – with other elements of nature dictate the time for the color to come, and it is never an exact science. When to go? Check this link:

http://blog.buzzbishop.com/festivals/see-larches-rockies/

So, come Fall the rush is on and people go mining for that enigmatic, engaging and incomprehensible Gold of the Rockies. The larches , under certain light, seem to be glowing and vibrating from within. Where to go? Check these links:

https://www.hikebiketravel.com/43111/a-complete-guide-to-the-best-places-for-larch-viewing-in-alberta/

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/09/22/alberta-larch-trees_n_3962986.html

I have my own favoured spots to hike to to and, like any miner I'll keep most of my spots a secret . The  image featured below ,“Island of Light”,  is one of my all time favourites! Maybe I'll see you out and about next year , but not at this place! ;)  , when the Gold Rush starts again!