I have something to admit to you guys.
I am endlessly, hopelessly, ridiculously in love with the changing leaves. It’s just so cool that the leaves turn all of these different colors. Never having real seasons before, I kind of just walk down streets and stare at the trees. Yeah, it’s bad. I hear that this isn’t even the prettiest that it gets.
So of course, the first thing I did was turn to Google to find out why leaves turn and why it only happens in some parts of the world. Turns out, it all has to do with living through the winter. Because of the summer heat and sunglight, trees make chlorophyll in abundance, which turns the leaves green. Once it starts to get cold and the days become shorter, the trees realize that they need to store their chlorophyll for the next spring, so they bring the pigment down to their roots. This, and the reactions of different chemicals in trees causes the leaves to turn colors. Of course, in more tropical climates the weather doesn’t change, so the trees have no need to store chlorophyll and remain green year-round.
I guess that there’s really no point to this post; it’s just in random appreciation of fall and changing leaves. But if you want to see really, really pretty trees, here’s a guide.