Have you ever thought about why leaves change colour in the Autumn. In the Summer, leaves are full of a green pigment which is called chlorophyll. This performs a vital role for the plant converting sunlight to food. With the onset of autumn and it’s lower light levels, the trees begin to breakdown the chlorophyll revealing the underlying accessory pigments like carotene, xanthophyll, and anthocyanin which give the leaves their characteristic fiery autumn colours. So, now you know.
Here is another of my poems about Autumn.
Mother Nature discards her aureate summer gown
to substitute it with a robe of many colours,
gently she breaths upon the earth
turning leaves from green to golden yellow, red and brown.
Her breath dries the colourful leaves upon the trees
and as she blows, one by one they quietly fall,
slowly dancing, twirling without a sound
they settle on the ground…
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