The days are getting shorter and you know what that means! The leaves of deciduous trees are changing color! I love autumn. It is my favorite time of year.
My parents, Louisa, Hector, and I all decided to go to the National Arboretum to enjoy the fall foliage. We didn’t need to go somewhere special to see the leaves changing color – they are doing so all around us – but it’s hard to beat the National Arboretum in terms of beauty and spectacle within the D.C. metro area.
We saw dogwoods turning a deep purple-red color. We saw a maple tree turning a vibrant orange color. We saw beech trees turning yellow. We saw green coniferous trees. And we saw purple aster in bloom.
“I see every color of the rainbow except blue,” I announced. I was feeling sassy and smart until my baby sister pointed out the obvious, which I had missed.
“The sky is blue, Bernice!” Louisa shouted.
The sky was indeed blue. And it was the prettiest, clearest, sky-blue color I think I have ever seen, too.
PS: I have three more links to share with you today. All three are about why leaves change color. The first is a video from SciShowKids called Why Do Leaves Change Colors in the Fall? The second is a video from Scientific American called Why Do Autumn Leaves Change Color? Finally, here is an article from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry called Why Leaves Change Color. Enjoy!