Living in North Carolina, we have it all… sunny summer beaches and crisp, colorful fall mountains. Last weekend we headed to the mountains. We packed hats, mittens, hiking boots and heavy jackets — ready for whatever those hills had planned for us!
Ben spotted the red tree across the lake (above),
so we headed back to the other side for a closer look (below).
Perfectly blue sky.
Fiery reds and oranges showed off as the sun set.
Perfect in its imperfection.
As the weekend came to a close, we wondered what makes the leaves brighter some years and less bright others. The scientific explanation includes talk of chlorophyll, xanthophylls*, carotenoids* and anthocyanins*. Basically, when the growing season offers lots of rain and autumn offers cool, dry sunny days and frostless nights, the trees show off their very best. You can learn all you want about how trees change color HERE. (*Scientific terms for leaf colors!)
That’s a peek into our weekend… What did you do?