First Leaf On The Ground by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

September 22, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

"Days decrease, and autumn grows, autumn in everything."

~ Robert Browning

First Leaf On The Ground 

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First Leaf On The Ground 20210918 850_0415First Leaf On The Ground A leaf on the ground as Autumn begins

A Leaf Falls

A Leaf Falls 20210919 850_0418A Leaf FallsA leaf has fallen to the ground as Autumn begins

As the weather changes and summer turns to autumn, leaf chlorophyll production diminishes. Chlorophyll production depends upon warm and sunny weather. Once autumn begins, the levels of chlorophyll within a leaf begin to break down. This means that the green color fades. This action reveals the natural carotenoids left behind in the leaf. These carotenoids color the leaves in their natural red and orange.

Carotenoids act like chlorophyll. But in contrast, they absorb green and blue light and reflect red and yellow light. The result creates the wonderful orange colorations of Autumn. Like chlorophyll, carotenoids begin to degrade at a similar time but do so at a much slower rate. As a result, they are the dominant factor in determining the color of autumnal leaves.

These leaves won the race to the ground. More will follow. But not too quickly we hope; we want to enjoy them as long as we can. 

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