Friday, September 24, 2010

Happy Fall Y'all!

On the drive back to New York from Maine Heather & Phyllis saw some of the most stunning foliage in New England.  It was like the Crayola box in autumn colors!  But ever wonder why leaves change color in the fall?  A little online research came up with this answer:

Plants make their food using sunlight chlorophyll. Chlorophyll gives leaves their green color. Many plants stop making food in the fall. The chlorophyll says 'see ya, wouldn't want to be ya!'  Thats when we can see the orange and yellow colors. These colors were in the leaves all summer, but the green covered them up.  Red leaves are from food trapped in the leaves while brown leaves come from the wastes left in the leaves.  So for sure wash you're hands after you pick up the brown ones.

Here's some pics from our drive (taken somewhere in Vermont):