“Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like they’re falling in love with the ground.” Andrea Gibson.
Fall colors and textures don’t end when the leaves fall. walking, we are welcomed by a colorful carpet of leaves. This last weekend I was able to get out and hike some trails and visit an local arboretum. Since it’s November 1st, the trees have mostly given up there leaves but the color on the ground was brilliant.
As Fall approaches, the temperature changes, gradually getting cooler and the daylight hours shorten. The chlorophyll in the leaves that give them the green color, breaks down and other chemical changes allow the colors of various pigments to show. Around the stem of the leaf, a layer of special cork like cells develop that allow leaves to separate from the branch and seal it for protection.
Temperature, rain and cloud cover can affect the color intensity of the leaves. An early frost can shorten the duration and intensity of color. Cloudy cool and damp days can increase the intensity of the colors.
We all have a Fall season in our lives, I hope that my Fall season can be as colorful and inspirational to others as the leaves of a tree are in the Fall.