Oct 14

Autumn Leaves Day

Leaf Peeper
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Changing Colours
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🎶 "The falling leaves
Drift by the window
The autumn leaves
Of red and gold"

~ Autumn Leaves, Joseph Kosma with original lyrics by Jacques Prévert, English lyrics by Johnny Mercer, 1945

"Leaf peeping" is an informal term in the United States for the activity in which people travel to view and photograph the fall foliage in areas where leaves change colors in autumn, particularly in northern New England and the upper Midwest. Most of the year, the colours within leaves are masked by great amounts of green coloring. But in the fall, the leaves stop their food-making process. The chlorophyll breaks down, the green color disappears, and the yellow to orange colors become visible. At the same time other chemical changes may occur, which form additional colors through the development of red anthocyanin pigments. Some mixtures give rise to the reddish and purplish fall colors of trees such as dogwoods and sumacs, while others give the sugar maple its brilliant orange. Red, yellow, purple, black, blue, orange, magenta, and brown, the autumnal rainbow of fall foliage. 🍃🍁🍂🍁🍃

The beautiful foliage of autumn is one of the compensations for the end of summer before winter's chill.

During the 17th century, English emigration to the British colonies in North America was at its peak, and the new settlers took the English language with them. While the term fall gradually became obsolete in Britain, it became the more common term in North America.  Before the 16th century, harvest was the term usually used to refer to the season, as it is common in other West Germanic languages to this day (Dutch herfst, German Herbst and Scots hairst). However, as more people gradually moved from working the land to living in towns, the word harves tlost its reference to the time of year and came to refer only to the actual activity of reaping, and autumn, as well as fall, began to replace it as a reference to the season

 

Leaf peeping is an informal term in the United States for the activity in which people travel to view and photograph the fall foliage in areas where leaves change colors in autumn, particularly in northern New England and the upper Midwest.

Inspired by the October foliage of New Hampshire's White Mountains region, this tartan is named after the tourists who swarm the area to see the foliage and who are nicknamed "Leaf Peepers" by the locals. The colours are those of the sugar maple, oak, birch and elm trees of the Mount Washington Valley in October, as they change from yellow/gold and red to brown, while the pines remain green throughout the season. The hints of white are for the snow that frequently appears at the summits of the higher elevations at that time of year.

For a beautiful birds-eye view of autumn in New Hampshire, click the foliage!

Officially registered tartan graphics on this site courtesy of The Scottish Tartans Authority.  Other tartans from talented tartan artists may also be featured.

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