|Leaving the ski runs below Ymir Basin|
|Adrian and Ellie looking for trees that had cones|
|Adrian inspecting a poorly developed cone|
|A problem...fly larvae were already harvesting the seeds!|
|An old vet..|
This was a classic open, timberline stand, where avalanche disturbance and deep spring snow packs allowed the larch to continuously regenerate among surviving older seed producers. The other high elevation species, spruce, fir, and whitebark pine were relegated to protected ribbons below rock outcrops, or mature larch groups.
In the end, a dissapointing cone crop - but a beautiful day out in the mountains and great break from the office!