Golden larches

The golden larches set the Engadine countryside alight in autumn -- Nature’s firework display.

The flamboyant autumnal gold of the larches signals the end of the summer and the onset of nature’s long winter sleep.

The larch needles turn golden in October before dropping to the ground in the first half of November. They can be seen at their best in mid-October, when their colour is often intensified in the glow of the afternoon light.

Here in Val Cluozza, at an altitude of 2000m, the larches turn colour in mid-October. Heavy frosts at night and windy weather hasten the fall of the needles.