Thursday, October 1, 2020

Fabulous Fall Foliage and Colorful Autumn Trees

 


In autumn, when I see the glorious burnt oranges, golden yellows, scarlet reds, dusty browns, and additional earth tones of the season, I thank Mother Nature for the changing colors of fall leaves.

This post reviews some basic science to explain why leaves of deciduous trees including aspen, oak, maple, and river birch put on a colorful show in the autumn.




Part of the tree's natural growth process in spring and summer, is to bring chlorophyll to its leaves. This gives them a green appearance. 

In autumn, weather cools and the hours of daily sunlight decreases in many areas of the U.S. That's a signal for certain plants to gradually stop production of chlorophyll—a necessary component of photosynthesis. 

Photosynthesis only occurs in the presence of warmth and sunshine, which of course become increasingly scarce starting in late September. 

As chlorophyll production stops, the green leaf color fades. Colorful flavonoids and carotenoids in the natural pigment of various leaf species sport yellow, orange, red, and purple coloration. 

For in-depth science details for school age children or grandchildren, and for those with a curious mind, see more about how plants prepare for winter. Also check out Why do Leaves Change Color in Fall?

I am fascinated by autumn leaf COLORS, and offer content and pictures below to show you how ...

GLORIOUS

WONDORUS

SPLENDID

STATELY

AMAZING

LIVELY

INVIGORATING

MAGNIFICENT

SPECTACULAR

STUNNING

AWESOME

GRAND

DELIGHTFUL

BREATHTAKING

autumn can be.

Do you relish seeing russet (brownish red), amber (pale yellow or brownish yellow), copper (shiny yellow metallic color), and bright ruby and scarlet reds of fall? 

See the Merriam Webster Website for ideas about additional names for colorful autumn leaf hues.

Fabulous Fall Foliage and Colorful Autumn Trees








Here's a few related posts to enjoy


Favorite Fall Fruit and Vegetables

Awesome Home and Garden Ideas for Fall

How to Use Fall Colors to Awaken Your Senses


Can you relate to my autumn rhapsody? Please let me know by commenting below.

Do you plan to drive to autumn leaf country or do you live in an area where autumn leaves are prevalent around you? Please explain. 

Perhaps you'd be good enough to relay a favorite autumn tree, autumn color, or autumn activity story.

If you like what you see, I'd appreciate a comment. I'd be delighted if you re-share on social media, and please include a link back to this post.

This autumn get outdoors to enjoy crisper weather, take part in fall fun, and delight in splendid colors of this wonderful time of year. 

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2 comments:

  1. Fall is such a beautiful time of the year especially up north. I miss seeing all of the fall changes.
    Congratulations, you are being featured at Thursday Favorite Things. I hope to see you there.
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    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. Thanks Bev for your comment. Excited about being featured at #TFT and appreciate it so much. Have a great weekend and be well.

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