AUTUMN ~ EARTH'S BLUSHING

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice!

               Theme in Yellow

BY CARL SANDBURG

I spot the hills

With yellow balls in autumn.

I light the prairie cornfields

Orange and tawny gold clusters

And I am called pumpkins.

On the last of October

When dusk is fallen

Children join hands

And circle round me

Singing ghost songs

And love to the harvest moon;

I am a jack-o'-lantern

With terrible teeth

And the children know

I am fooling.

Autumn is the transition season between summer and winter, best noticed by the color change in leaves and the harvest.  ~  In the Northern Hemisphere Autumn lasts from the autumnal equinox (September 22 or 23) to the Winter Solstice (21 or 22 December). In the Southern Hemisphere, Autumn lasts from March until June.

One of the most stunning signs of Autumn is the turning of the leaves. Leaves change their wardrobes in response to chilly temperatures and less light (as days begin to shorten); they stop producing chlorophyll, the green pigment that helps leaves capture sunlight to power photosynthesis. As green fades, the leave’s other pigments, such as the orange and yellow of carotenoids shine through. Vibrant red hues are the result of anthocyanins, pigments that are produced in the fall.

I see Autumn as Earth showing off the best of her, by sharing all her beautiful color's and wonderful smells. ~ Autumn or fall is my favorite season of the year!

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