From the Concise Oxford Dictionary: “Photosynthesis: process by which the energy of sunlight is trapped by the chlorophyll of green plants and used to build up complex materials from carbon dioxide and water.” But I wonder what the term might be for what bigleaf maples (Acer macrophyllum) do in November when they convert their own leaves back to sunlight?

I read the other day that our area received twice the usual amount of rain during October. That, following almost 12 weeks without any rain, when we had intense heat and drought from late July until October 11. That particular weather pattern has resulted in the most intense show of yellow on the mountainside!

We’ve just returned from a walk inbetween showers and I swear that the yellows have never this vivid! And they mimic the sunlight of September, its brilliance and even a sense of its heat!


~ by theresakishkan on November 4, 2012.

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