Why leaves change color in the fall
By Kathy Conner Cornell As I look over our farm I am starting to see some color changes in the tree leaves. It reminds me of the first time my husband and I saw the farm. We had told a few of my cousins that we were looking for hunting property. I got a call from one of them that there was a farm available. So the third weekend of October 2002 we headed down here with my parents, Stella and Grover. Dad grew up on an adjoining farm. The weather was nice fall crisp, the clouds were big powder puffs and the leaves were in full brilliant display. We fell in love and couldn’t say no so signed a contact on the spot. As a child I was told that Jack Frost painted the leaves in the fall. Obviously it is more complicated than that. To make it simple, trees get the signal with cooler nights and shorter days that it is time to shed leaves. Chlorophyll production ceases and other pigments in the leaves have the chance to shine though. If that is all you want to know, fine but if you’d like more details read on.