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Breath Of Ecology

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It hasn't started yet, but it won't be too long in arriving...

 

Little by little, those trees that are now green will slowly turn beautiful colors and fall will have truly arrived.

 

Unlike evergreens, many trees shed their leaves annually soon after they have discontinued their process of producing chlorophyll which gives them their green color.

 

Surprisingly, those gorgeous red, orange, and purple colors are actually present in the leaves during the spring and summer but are obscured by the prominent green chlorophyll.

 

When those colors finally become visible, beginning in the northern states, tourists will travel miles to observe the array of splendor.

 

According to predictions of the weather bureau, the leaves of New England, as well as southeast Kentucky, should reach their peak of beauty around September 29th. In the deep south, states such as Louisiana, where most of the trees are evergreens, will have to wait patiently until mid-November for their few to turn.

 

Being a native of Louisiana, I asked God to allow me, before I died, to see in person the autumn splendor I had only witnessed in pictures, and sure enough, I was visiting in Quebec at the end of September one year when it happened. 

 

I made a collage of those incredible photos to prove I wasn't dreaming.


Written by:  Sr. Joel:  a Dominican Sister of Peace who lives in Springfield, KY.  She is a native of New Orleans  and has been a teacher, school and parish administrator, social worker, religious educator, and missionary.  She has written "Breath of Ecology" for local newspapers and has published a book under the same title.


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