In the Winter, only the last vestiges of leaves remain. Oak trees may hang on to theirs all winter, but they’re tired and have lost their youthful colors.
By mid-Summer, the woods are dense with lush, dark green leaves. The forest floor is barely visible as foliage covers everything. Birds and squirrels hide safely in the branches. Life is in full swing.
Eventually, the days start getting shorter, the nights get longer and cooler, and these signals tell the plants it’s time to prepare for winter hibernation. Sap slows, and leaves change colors, dry, and fall from their branches.
Autumn colors are nature’s last gasp before the pale shades of winter drop over our little corner of the world. And in New England, nature has a blast.
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I love the Fall – I’ve always been an Autumn girl. I’m not sure why, but for me Autumn is more about the promise of a new beginning than the ending of something. I know some people see that differently, and feel that Autumn is the beginning of the end. Sitting here in what some would call the Autumn of my life, I can tell you I still see so much ahead, and I want to celebrate that, along with the vibrant foliage.
Perspective is everything.
This post was written in response to a Travel Theme challenge from Ailsa at wheresmybackpack. This week’s theme is Foliage. To learn more about the challenge and see the leafy posts from other bloggers, click here.
Other nice renditions of Autumn Leaves, also found on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2s2tPORlW4&feature=related (Edith Piaf sings Autumn Leaves in English and the original French!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ0cPnOilHs&feature=related (Natalie Cole)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMN3uk7zeBA&feature=related (Frank Sinatra)