My, oh my, has the fall foliage palette burst through the greenery like a firework on the fourth of July. It seems like almost yesterday the "dog days of summer" had us panting by the pool, with long branches of green leaves offering us shade from the heat. That is not the case anymore! The surrounding trees have stolen the show. Take a look:
There are three major pigments that play a role in creating the leaves’ jewel like tones. Of course, we’ve all heard of Chlorophyll in high school science class, which is the green photosynthetic pigment found in plants. It brings out the green we all know and love in the summer. There are two others; however, that play a major role during the fall. Carotenoids, which reflect orange, yellow and brown colors while Anthocyanin does the same for red, blue and purple. As night falls sooner and for a longer period of time, chlorophyll fades away while carotenoids and anthocyanin take over.
The best views are yet to come, during the week of October 12th through 18th, and we can’t wait to see the views that it brings us.
Assistant Marketing Manager
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort