Photos by Young Kwak
As the air turns brisk and the days grow short, the Inland Northwest reignites each autumn in a whirlwind display of reds, yellows and oranges. Though it may seem a bright flash of festive decadence, research indicates the changing leaves only reveal their true colors. Throughout the steady photosynthesis of summer days, deciduous trees manufacture high levels of chlorophyll, saturating the leaves in their deep green pigments. As the trees hunker in for winter, nutrient production drops off and the chlorophyll burns up, exposing the underlying fall palette. Such honesty seems rare, so may we all take comfort in the naked embrace of the coming cold. ♦
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