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!