Life Changes

 Do Your Life Changes Resemble Autumn Leaves?

Autumn leaves change and so does life - Moving ForwardAs I sit and look out my office window this time of year, I am always struck by the changes in the trees.  For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated with the changing autumn leaves.

My inner philosopher contemplates the many changes in life, the artist in me enjoys the colors and textures, but the scientist in me wants to know more!

 Why leaves change color…

Downsizing in the autumn of your life - Moving ForwardTo the trusty internet!

I found lots of information, of course.  But the best was on the USDA Forest Service website. “As days grow shorter, and nights grow longer and cooler, biochemical processes in the leaf begin to paint the landscape with Nature’s autumn palette.

During the growing season, chlorophyll is continually being produced and broken down and leaves appear green. As night length increases in the autumn, chlorophyll production slows down and then stops and eventually all the chlorophyll is destroyed.

The other pigments  that are present in the leaf are then unmasked and show their colors.” Check out the additional information on the website: Why Leaves change color.

Those beautiful fall colors were there all the time, but the chlorophyll was masking them!

 Just as trees downsize in the autumn, so do we in our autumn…

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