i think?? that this is a new bit of needles coming out.. they were redish and soft. it was the only one like it that i noticed though, so that's kinda strange? mostly there were just the rounder buds.
a tamarack is a not so evergreen tree.. it loses its needles every year. it's actually kinda lovely in the fall when the branches turn kinda yellowy.. at least i think so anyway.
this was at the legislature grounds.