This post is part of our Non Sequitur Fridays series, which will feature a different Wistian's take on a non-Wistia-related topic each week. It's like our "employee of the month" but less "of the month"-y. Casey Henry does marketing at Wistia. This is his first Non Sequitur!
What makes fall so great? Is it that unique smell on that first crisp morning? Is it the first frost on the grass with kids running through it? The pumpkin picking and apple cider doughnuts? I'm drawn to fall because of the annual change of colors in the foliage. As a kid, I remember learning in school why the leaves change color, but it seems I've replaced that knowledge with something else. Join me for a fall foliage refresher.
Chlorophyll, More Like Borophyll
Temperature and moisture are the main factors that make fall foliage spectacular. As the days get shorter and colder, chlorophyll starts to break down in the leaves, causing the green pigments to disappear.
When the temperatures drops, the leaves' veins begin to get smaller, not allowing the sugar produced during the day to exit the leave. As the cycle from warm to cold happens, the sugars begin to build up, resulting in the formation of Anthocyanins and Carotenoids—which cause the amazing reds and yellows to form.
If it gets too cold at night, the veins of the leaves will close completely, blocking water from reaching the leaves, thus stopping production of the sugars needed to produces those amazing colors. The perfect conditions call for a wet spring, normal moisture in the summer, and sunny warm fall days and cool falls nights. Those are the conditions needed to get the fall colors just right.
Having spent time in the Midwest, Pacific Northwest, and now New England, it's interesting to see the difference between the tree types and colors that are displayed. Below are some of my favorite photos I've taken throughout the years while living in the Pacific Northwest:
This year was my first year in New England for fall. My family and I went to Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. It's the highest peak in New England, and the view wasn't that bad either.
Next year I would like to head down to Great Smoky Mountains National Park which, from the pictures I've seen, is an amazing gem. I'll be watching the weather conditionals during the spring and summer and hoping for optimal fall color conditions.
What are some of your favorite images of fall? Did you shoot some stunning video while walking through the leaves this fall? Where are some of the best places you've enjoyed fall? Make yourself a warm apple cider, grab a doughnut, and share your thoughts and feelings on fall and what makes it great for you.