Monday, November 05, 2007

Unplugged Project: Haiku: Hackmatacks


All the tamaracks

Glow yellow in the darkness;

Autumn winds blow cold.

To see the hackmatack tree properly, please click on the photo in order to view it in a new window.

For an excellent New York Times article on tamarack trees (Larix laricina, or the American larch), click here:
But it's in the Northeast Kingdom, that wild, lonely upland northeast of Montpelier, where the tamarack really comes into its own. This stands to reason - the closer to the arctic treeline you go, the more the tamarack likes it. Every year about the time that maple tree down on our common sheds its last leaf, I take my family on an overnight drive along the back roads of the region, enjoying not only the golden tamaracks and the spare, craggy beauty of the landscape, but the luxury of having it virtually all to ourselves.
Visit other participants of the Unplugged Project here. Next week's project is open-ended and the theme is RED. 

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  1. I couldn't get the link for the tamarack tree to work.

    We have here what is called Western Larch tamarack.
    Which a lot of people prefer to burn as fire wood.

  2. I have never heard of a tamarack, although I grew up in upstate NY (not far enough north apparently). It almost looks fluffy? Is it?

    I think your haiku is great! I am so glad you enjoyed it, and that is a lovely photo to go along with it.

    I should think that a haiku might appeal to a math-oriented person because it is almost like a puzzle. I found that I enjoyed the project for just that reason.

    Next week's project is extremely open-ended. Perhaps another haiku for you?

  3. I am from the north (Maine) and I have never seen that tree. It is very beautiful. I like your Haiku, great job.

  4. Another gorgeous tree we don't get in Colorado... Thanks for sharin'! :)


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