Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

I mentioned the beauty of fall in my newsletter this past week, but I’m happy to say it again: I love autumn and the turning of the leaves. Because I grew up in California and have lived over two decades in the desert, I’ve never had the opportunity to enjoy a massive fall display that I’m sure many of you get to experience every year.

For that reason, I love including tons of photos of autumn in my newsletters and of course I wanted to do the same thing here. So this blog is just a tribute to one of the prettiest times of the year in the northern hemisphere. I’ve also included a few FunFacts about why leaves turn color…don’t worry, it’s not too much science and I only included the most basic information.

FunFacts about Autumn Leaves (Source)

  • A leaf is green because of the presence of a pigment known as chlorophyll.
  • Chlorophyll serves the following function during the growing season: It “captures solar rays and uses the resulting energy in the manufacture of the plant’s food — simple sugars which are produced from water and carbon dioxide.” (Source)
  • Each plant replenishes its stock of chlorophyll as it gets used up…until…the approach of fall.
  • Chlorophyll masks other pigments in the leaf. When chlorophyll diminishes because the plant’s growing season is coming to an end, other pigments surface.
  • These other pigments are visible in an entire array from various shades of red, yellow, purple, black, orange, pink, magenta, blue and brown. The result: Autumn Leaves!

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21 thoughts on “Autumn Leaves

  1. The colours are glorious. There aren’t a lot of autumn colours here in town – the leaves more often than not just go brown.

    Of course we are into spring right now. All very green. Especially with the torrential rain that just will not quit.

  2. I love the changing colors of the leaves in the Autumn. We have tons of trees in Washington State, and I love finding roadways with trees lining both sides, so you can see all the beautiful colors for a long stretch. Or finding paths with a tunnel of trees to walk through. I love the same stuff when it’s Spring with the Cherry Blossom trees.

  3. These pictures are absolutely stunning. This is my favorite season of all. I love the vibrant colors of the leaves as they change, and the shift in temperature from warm to cool. I am grateful for the clean, crisp smell of the air as all the stagnant air from the summe’s heat is being blown away.

  4. I have always love the red colored leaves in the fall. We have a beautiful display of autumn up here in Massachusetts and I love taking a long Sunday ride along the Mohawk trail and into the Berkshire Mts. to see them.

  5. Fall is such a beautiful time of year. I have been taking pictures of the leaves all week. They are at peak for color change in my area, in southern Minnesota, and the display is spectacular!

    I didn’t know about the science of leaves changing color. It is pretty interesting. Thanks for the information.

  6. I always learn something in your posts! Love them! We don’t have a lot of color change in east Texas. But there is some and I will enjoy it even more now that I understand the why. Thanks Caris.

  7. I love the color the leaves turn . I especially love the bright red maple leaves.It is one of the prettiest things there is. I guess I tend to take for granted living in Tennessee they change every year.But one thing is sure it is a beautiful sight to behold.

  8. In our area of Southern California, we do have some trees that turn beautiful colors, but not a lot. I love the pretty leaves, but not the raking, lol.

  9. *grins* Everything I didn’t know I wanted to know about why leaves turn colors. Wonderful. Thank you. I am blessed to currently live in “color tour” territory. All I have to do is look out the window to enjoy the daily change of color on the Maple tree in the front yard and the Oak tree in the back. I marvel every day at their beauty. Even the piles of leaves on the ground have beauty. But then, I pay a gardener to remove them. Then I wonder about the guy next door and what he must think about my beautiful Oak tree. There are as many leaves in his yard as mine. Sorry, but I am not going to pay the gardener to clean his yard. That is just the way the wind blows. But yes. I love fall. The crisp air. The changing leaves. Apple cider. Apple pie! Pumpkins everywhere. The corn mazes. *sigh* What isn’t to enjoy at this time of year?

  10. What splendid colors!! Mother Nature’s paintbrush is wondrous! My favorites are the soft maples that turn pinkish orange. That is my sweet spot. The other colors are a wonderful backdrop. Makes my heart full to take a drive and thoroughly enjoy the explosion of color!

  11. Here in the Mojave Desert of Southern California, we don’t get much in the way of leaves turning colors but, if you take a drive in the nearby San Bernardino or San Gabriel mountains, WOW! The cottonwoods, oaks and liquidamber trees go crazy. I remember huge leaf color changes from when I lived in Minnesota as a young child, too. Gorgeous photos!

  12. I love autumn too! Still a lot of green around my place, but we’ve got some random trees with reds and oranges. And my cats are happy that the mild temps are prompting a lot of late growth of the catnip plants!

  13. When we lived in MA, NH, & VT, there was beautiful fall color.
    Not so much in central NC.
    You have to drive West to the mountains to see decent color.

    The dogwood trees turn a pretty red but the leaves drop quickly once they turn. I have several Dogwoods.

    Presently, about 95% of the leaves are still green on the other trees, but last night it went down to 50 degrees, and it’s very cool today so that may kick start the process.
    Most of the leaves will just suddenly turn brown and drop.

    There aren’t many wild maple trees here which I think produce the most vivid color.

    • I bet those trees were beautiful up there!! Not many of our trees have turned in the valleys of northeast Tennessee yet. It dropped down to 37 last night so maybe they will turn soon. This weather anymore. I don’t think the poor things know what to do

  14. Growing up in a Chicago suburb, i never realized beauty of Fall. Living in Georgia for the last 20 years, i know what i missed out on. We take drives to the mountains just to take in the scenery and smell the freshness

  15. These colors are all around me right now. As it is fall in Vermont, the mountains are just exploding with beautiful colors right now. There are thousands of tour buses in Vermont right now on leaf watching tours. We call them the leaf peepers lol and fall is the leaf peeping season.

  16. I love when the leaves turn but this year stinks. We haven’t had much rain so they’ve just turned brown and fallen off :(. Live in NE Ohio.

  17. I love picture #1, the leaves have so many colors! I don’t have all those colors here in SE Arizona or like they do in Northern Arizona. I always loved fall when I lived back East, all the beautiful colors!!

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