For northerners, the consolation prize for the penalty of winter is the autumn foliage. Anyone who lives in Canada or the northern United States will tell you that the natural highlight of October is the golden and crimson canopy that sways above our roadways and paths, sprinkling colorful offerings to coat the ground before the first flakes of snow.
It is a flagrant farewell for the deciduous trees, sending out stunning flares of color to fight off any melancholy we may feel for the senescence of the year that was. The jubilant tones are comforting and reassuring to us as they twirl and rustle in the wind, a last dance with vibrance before the descent of grey and white and icy blue.
Deciduous trees shed their leaves to preserve their energy for the spring. There is not enough sunlight or warmth during the winter for photosynthesis to occur so the leaves are let go and the trees begin a dormant period. The striking colours are the result of the gradual shutting down of water flow from the roots to the leaves. Glucose and other nutrients that the tree feeds to the leaves during the summer becomes trapped in the veins of the leaves, causing them to change colour as they are warmed by the autumn sun. The loss of circulation will eventually cause the leaf to die and fall, hence the name we have chosen for this spectacular season!
FIVE GREAT PLACES TO SEE FALL FOLIAGE IN NORTH AMERICA:
1. The Laurentian Mountains in Quebec, Canada
2. Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada
3. The Catskill Mountains in New York
4. Aspen, Colorado
5. Just about everywhere in New Hampshire and Vermont
5. Martha Stewart Living
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Give up your secret spot! Where’s the best place to view foliage in your neck of the woods?