Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Why is Answered

Being from California, fall on the east coast is always treat. There is something about leaves changing color that makes the weather getting colder somehow okay.

For ten years I have admired the yellows, oranges and reds but never thought to learn why the leaves change color at all. My only contribution has been providing keen observations such as "how pretty" and "ohh, look" out loud. Okay, those comments aren't that insightful but you know everyone is compelled to say similar things.

Thankfully for all of us the Washington Post has provided us with some answers in their Why do leaves do this? (Nov. 3, 2009) article. Now we can go forth and say "how pretty" followed by "you do know that leaves change color because of unmasking pigments and chemical compounds?".

Feel free to say it with an air of superiority.

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