Colors of autumn

 

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I don’t ever remember seeing autumns colors as beautiful as last year’s and this year’s. The hickories are a glorious yellow with a touch of brown, the dogwoods are holding their dark red tints for what seems like an impossibly long time, and as for the red maples and sugar maples, their vermilion, orange, and brilliant red tints are breathtaking. A little research revealed the reason for the show: this has been a season marked by sunny days and cool nights. Under these conditions, green chlorophyll disappears most quickly and completely, leaving behind the underlying red and yellow pigments that are hidden through the growing season.

Enjoy.

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