The Change to Fall

It’s not too late in some parts of Colorado to see the colorful fall leaves! A few that are named in the blog found here include:

  • Trail Ridge Road.
  • Buffalo Pass
  • Flat Tops Trail
  • Independence Pass
  • Kebler Pass

Why do leaves changes color in the fall you might be wondering? Due to the changes in the length of daylight and changes in temperature, the leaves stop their food-making process. The chlorophyll in the leaves breaks down, the green color disappears, and the yellow to orange colors become visible and give the leaves part of their fall splendor. Leaf color comes from pigments. Pigments are natural substances produced by leaf cells. The three pigments that color leaves are:

  • chlorophyll (green)
  • carotenoid (yellow, orange, and brown)
  • anthocyanin (red)

 

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