In a few short weeks the trees will change, the leaves will go to rest, and the crispness of fall will be in full effect. My favourite photographic subjects (this time of year) are the golden larch trees that surround Myra Canyon and the beautiful trestles!
While many folks look forward to sweaters, cuddling and their favourite seasonal drinks, my focus shifts to getting out to take photos of these trees before winter comes and blankets the ground with snow.
The Western Larch is an amazing tree, as it appears to be just a regular needled tree, but it hides a big secret. Unlike other needled trees, their needles turn golden in autumn and actually fall off the branches! Indigenous peoples would have used the trees for cosmetics and as a key ingredient in red paint. Not terribly common in the Okanagan, the Western Larch usually grows in mixed forests but can occasionally be found in pure groups of trees after a wildfire.
Fall can be a little chilly, a jacket and some gloves are a must before heading up to Myra Canyon. I prefer to walk, which allows me time to photograph the area (I would probably crash on a bike), and everything seems to slow down for me; it is also a great pace for kids. However, you could bring up your bike, or, if you don't have one to bring up, there are rentals available from Myra Canyon Bicycle Rental & Tours until the second week of October (the start of the Western Larch season), weather depending.
I would suggest packing some snacks and a reusable water bottle and bring a small bag to bring home any trash you have. Let's keep the area clean for everyone!
Matt Ferguson is a BC born and raised landscape photographer. Matt and his wife, Jennifer, have made it a priority to make sure that their girls (Hannah and Mylah) get to experience all that the Okanagan offers.