In a few short weeks, the trees will change, the leaves will go to rest and crispness of Fall will be in full effect. My favorite photographic subject are the Golden Larch trees that surround Myra Canyon and our beautiful trestles!
While many folks look forward to sweaters, cuddling and their favorite seasonal drinks, my focus shifts to getting out to shoot before winter steals all of our color!
The Western Larch is an amazing tree, as it appears to be just a regular needled tree, but hides a big secret. The needles turn golden in Autumn and actually fall off the branches!! The trees among the trestles were likely caused by wildfires, as these aren't terribly common in the Thompson Okanagan. An incredibly strong type of wood, often used in construction, and was used by First Nations for cosmetics and a key ingredient in their red paint.
The last few weeks of fall can be a little chilly, so make sure to throw on a jacket and some gloves before heading up the hill. I prefer to walk as it allows me the time to photograph the area (also I would probably crash on a bike) and everything seems to slow down for me. It is also a great pace for the kids. However, you could bring up your bike, or, if you don't have one with you, there are rentals available from http://www.myracanyonrental.com/ until about the first week of October, which will land you right at the start of the larch season.
There are a couple of outhouse stalls as well as some garbage cans at the trail heads, but be sure to pack out any garbage you bring. 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!