This past weekend was a fall foliage delight. The colors were at their peak, the skies were a gorgeous blue, and weekend temperatures were in that perfect “no jacket required” range (although a sweatshirt was recommended). It was impossible to stay inside. Long walks through a city neighborhood and a local park yielded these photos.
The walks also made me wonder why the colors are so vivid this year. Some years, the colors are so washed out. But this year, even the oaks whose leaves are generally brown, old, and worn, are wearing red.
The United States National Arboretum provides an excellent explanation of the science of color in Autumn leaves on its website.
Do you have younger readers at your house amazed by this year’s stunning fall colors, too? If so, here’s a great list of “Fall Books for Kids” from the Books Kids Love website (including 2 beautiful ones by the amazing Lois Ehlert and 1 by a favorite Minnesota author, Linda Glaser).