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Autumn Leaves Day (Fall Equinox)
"🎶 The falling leaves drift by the window
The autumn leaves of red and gold
I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sunburned hand I used to hold
Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I'll hear old winter's song
But I miss you most of all, my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall"
~ Autumn Leaves, Joseph Kosma, English lyrics by Johnny Mercer, 1945
Happy Autumnal Equinox! For the northern hemisphere, the fall equinox marks the transition between summer and fall, bringing cooling temperatures and the advent of leaves and foliage changing to various shades of red, yellow, purple, black, blue, orange, magenta, and brown, sometimes on a single leaf! Deciduous plants were once believed to shed their leaves in autumn primarily because the high costs involved in their maintenance over benefits from photosynthesis, but today additional theories for colour changes suggest special signaling to discourage insects! Maple trees are the royalty of the fall foliage world in North America. Avid tourists, who are dubbed "leaf peepers," may drive hundreds of miles to special locations to witness the magnificent display. Different types of maples can display brilliant yellow, red, orange, or burgundy fall colors, and the color of an individual tree can even sometimes vary from year to year. Farewell, summer! 🍁🍃 🍂
This tartan, designed by Carol A.L. Martin, exhibits the rich colours of maple leaves in the fall.
The Acer saccharum Sugar Maple trees are a major contributor to seasonal fall tourism in North America, particularly in Central Ontario, Québec, and the northern tier of the United States including Wisconsin, Michigan, Vermont, New York, New Hampshire and Western Massachusetts.
Sugar maple wood ("hard maple") is the wood of choice for bowling pins, bowling alley lanes, pool cue shafts, and butcher's blocks, and the manufacture of wooden baseball bats.
Maple is also considered a tonewood, or a wood that carries sound waves well, and is used in numerous musical instruments, including violins, violas, bassoons, electric guitars, cellos, drums, recorders, and double basses.
For more on the custom of "leap peeping," click the beautiful Japanese maple tree.