Time was spent under the low, sprawling branches of what I mistook for a bald Cypress. Please click on the picture above to get a better sense of how expansive this tree is.
Like pines and balsams and cedars, larch are also conifers. This magnificent specimen is an Olga Bay Larch.
Olga is situated at the base of Frost Hill, along the Conifer Path, toward Meadow Lake and just outside the Children’s Garden at the Morton Arboretum. From whichever direction you meet her, she invites you into her inviting embrace, to inhale her woodsy fragrance, discover her dainty cones, and to feel her silken needles.
From the windows of space under Olga’s welcoming branches, to the fern-like crown of her canopy, this specimen is a charmer, with room enough underneath her ample skirts from which to spread one’s wings and imagine fairies and wood sprites, elves and gnomes, even the illusive Purple Penelope Peeper .