Fall’s Rainbow of Colors

Fall colors are an amazing sight to behold. Common green changes into all ranges of yellows, oranges, browns and reds. However to say that it changes is somewhat incorrect.

For the most part, the colors in leaves are already there however the chlorophyll dominates and masks out the actual color of the leaf. In fall when the tree seals off the leaf and stops feeding it the chlorophyll dies off and the true colors of the leaves are finally revealed.

Scientifically speaking, it’s a bit more complicated than that and some colors, like reds, aren’t actually developed until the chlorophyll starts to fade. If you want to read all about these processes, take a look at How leaves change colors.

For me, I’m just happy to enjoy the colors and patterns. Presented as today’s entry is sampling of what was found in our yard this past week.

 

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~ by Gary & Therese on November 8, 2015.

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