Botany Photo of the Day will have brief written entries on weekends, holidays and my vacations from April through September. – Daniel
European larch is native to higher altitudes of southern and southeastern Europe, extending as far east as Ukraine. Like all larches, it is a deciduous conifer, losing its needles annually. As with all conifers, I recommend visiting conifers.org for more information on the species and genus.
Thanks to Michael F of the UBC Forums for the identification and explanation of the oddball cone.