Fall Blooms are here!
We have been waiting for these beautiful colors since last week. I am sure you too have noticed them now. They look so pretty in the sky and they are everywhere around us right now!
But what do all those colorful lights mean? What does it mean when we see one? How do we get our own?
These questions will be answered in this article.
What are Fall Blooms?
The term “fall” refers to the season. You may have heard of autumn or winter, but not both at the same time. Autumn is a time of change and transition from warm weather to cool weather, while winter is cold weather with little change. So fall means changes in seasons. If you were watching TV during spring and summer, you would think that there was no difference between seasons because everything looked exactly the same every day! However, things don’t always stay the same. Sometimes seasons change and sometimes they don’t. There are many reasons why a season changes, but the most common reason is temperature.
When it gets colder outside than inside your home, you start to notice some differences in color and brightness of light. Some leaves turn browner and others become completely white (or even gold). This is called fall foliage. The leaves that change are called deciduous leaves, which means they fall off the tree naturally. This occurs when they can no longer absorb water.
Deciduous means ‘falling off’. Most trees (like oaks) have deciduous leaves because they cannot survive the cold weather in wintertime. Other trees (like palms) have different types of leaves. Their leaves may stay green all year long. These are called evergreens. The evergreens do not lose their leaves in fall. Evergreens can live in colder weather.
Not all trees that turn brown do so because of the cold weather. Some trees just change color to protect themselves from freezing. In the same way, not every tree turns brown in the fall. Some stay green all year long.
When leaves fall to the ground, they begin to rot. This rotting process changes the color of the leaves from green to brown or red or yellow. The different colors are made by chemicals called chlorophyll and carotene. Chlorophyll is what makes the leaves look very green. Carotene is a substance that makes the leaves look orange.
Carotene is found in carrots, which is probably why they are orange! Sometimes, the rotting process happens so fast that we can actually see it! This is called decaying.
Some animals eat leaves. They like the taste of leaves because they are full of nutrients. Animals such as deer and rabbits eat many leaves in fall because they know that there will be less to eat during winter. Of course, a deer would probably not like your flowers or bushes in your garden!
Many animals eat berries in fall. They love the taste of these berries so much they will travel from other places to eat them. These animals may not be able to find as many berries in their own home because a lot of plants stop making berries during fall. Then, the animals travel great distances to places where there are still lots of berries to eat. This is called migration.
As leaves fall, we begin to see different colors. Sometimes we see bright reds and oranges and yellows, but sometimes we see browns and dull greens. The many colors of fall may be beautiful to look at, but in reality they aren’t very pretty. Many of the colors are actually caused by rotting!
The best way to enjoy fall is to sit outside on a nice day. Take a walk in a nearby park and look for animals that have migrated during fall. Find some colorful leaves and then make a leaf rubbing. Try to find a leaf that has not yet fallen to the ground! Look in your yard and find a seed pod.
Many trees and plants produce seed pods in the fall. The seeds inside the pods are ready to grow into new plants. The pod is soft when it is ripe. If you find a pod like this, you can open it up and take the seeds out to plant. Place the seeds in some soil and then water them. If you are very lucky, one of the seeds may grow into a new tree!
You could also create your own fall collage. Gather many different pieces of colored paper and glue (or tape). Then, arrange the pieces of paper to make a picture. You can make a collage of anything that you like!
If you live near a forest, you could go for a walk and try to find some wildflowers. Pick some of your favorites and then press them between two pieces of cardboard. This is called pressing flowers. You can even do this with leaves!
You can turn the fall into a whole new hobby!
Fall is a great time of year. It’s warm enough to play outside, but not so hot that you’re miserable. There’s plenty to eat and drink, and the air doesn’t feel quite so stale. You can enjoy fall in so many different ways!
Fall is the best season of all!
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