This is a post for the "Help us Fall in love with your area" challenge that Kathy Streib is hosting. The challenge is all about sharing what makes our area special in Autumn. So here is an overview of Montana colors in the third season of the year.
The Kalispell Montana area is an amazing place to be during Fall. Having spent many years enjoying the gorgeous colors of the East Coast's Autumn, I thought I was leaving all that behind when coming to northwest Montana. I thought wrong!
One of the most striking characteristics of Kalispell autumn views has to do with the coniferous tree, the Larch. Also called the Tamarack , this pine tree is unique because it is also deciduous, meaning the needles turn colors and fall off every Autumn. They grow back in the Spring, and are the softest pine needles around!
Not only are the hillsides alive with the yellow and orange of the Larch, but if the wind blows, the air is full of pine needle rain. You haven't lived until you've stood in the midst of a needle-filled windstorm!
But color doesn't only come from these trees.
There are also Rocky Mountain Maple trees, which turn yellow, orange and/or red in the fall (unfortunately I did not get any photos this year). And there are many shrubs which turn red and cover the ground with amazing hues.
Finally there are the Quaking Aspens. These are yet another tree that turns yellow. As the leaves become drier, the sound when the wind blows is just heavenly. It's indescribable - you'd have to hear it to enjoy it.
So there you have it. Northwest Montana during the Fall is a place full of color. Come see it! Come fall in love with Fall!
And as always, if you want to buy or sell land or a home in Kalispell, call Kat at 406-270-3667!