Heading south-east towards Grenoble, we'd climbed steadily on the vineyard-flanked fringes of the natural park before starting some serious climbing, zig-zagging up through larch forests
to the Col de Marcieu.
Autumn in the Swiss alpine resort town of St Moritz means golden-coloured larch forests
, dark blue sparkling lakes and crystal clear mountain air.
After Pontresina station, village lights become increasingly infrequent and larch forests
grow less and less dense.
As the larch forests
begin to change, an impressive rainbow of colour is seen in the hills above the town, which offers hikers an ample choice of trails.
The eastern Tamyr Peninsula contains the world's most northerly forests: larch forests
in the basin of the Khatanga River, at 72[degrees]23' N.
Her study of historical records documents that long before Smokey Bear, ground fires that maintained open spaces in ponderosa pine and larch forests
became less frequent.
Because the Agathis wasp had proved so effective in the East, it was the logical species to do battle in the western larch forests
This mosaic structure is very clear in open woodlands, such as the larch forests of Yakuty, for example, where mosses are dominant under the tree cover and lichens dominate the unsheltered surface.
In Russia, larches are the most widespread genus of forest trees; almost half of the Russian taiga, approximately 642 million acres (260 million ha), corresponds to larch forests.
In the European taiga they usually occur in bogs, although in Siberia they are particularly frequent in larch forests on relatively dry soils.
parvirostris) lives in the larch forests of Siberia, and feeds on larch shoots throughout the winter.