Lens-Artists Challenge #167: Colors of Autumn

This week, our theme is Colors of Autumn.

In this part of the world, this year the first day of fall was on September 22nd. Have your wondered why do leaves change colors in the fall?

NOAA SciJinks explains: As summer fades into fall, the days start getting shorter and there is less sunlight. Leaves prepare for winter by stopping production of chlorophyll, which causes the green color to fade and the reds, oranges, and yellows to become visible. Colors began to change in September, Kyoto garden:

I remember seeing the beautiful aspen fall foliage in the Colorado Rocky Mountain National Park:

During the fall, the Dallas Botanical Garden displays 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. I’m looking forward to seeing this special event.

It is interesting to read about the ancient autumn traditions in the Old Farmer’s Almanac : The fall equinox has been a day of celebration for cultures since ancient  times. The Mid-Autumn Festival is the second most popular festival after the Chinese New Year with a history dating back over 3,000 years.

Lovely colors of berries and grapes in the fall:

This year, the Harvest Moon (September’s full Moon ) was on September 20th, just two days before the fall equinox!

Many thanks to Ann-Christine for her Artificial light challenge – inspiring, indeed. It was fun to view so many stunning artificial light photos around the world.

We hope you will join us this week to  show us the colors of autumn through your lens. Be sure to link to this post and to use the Lens-artists Tag to help us find you. Enjoy the colorful season.

Next week, Tina will lead the LAPC theme with her “Seen Better Days” challenge: Featuring things that are run-down, dilapidated etc. Be sure to visit her site at Travels and Trifles.

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