Colours Of Autumn

Getting out into the Autumn sunshine is like taking a holiday, blue skies contrasting with the golden shades of yellows, oranges and reds of the changing foliage plus the first shots of Red Squirrels as they rummage through the leaves searching for food to store for the oncoming Winter.

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The time of year that Keats called the ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, Autumn is a season famous for its harvest time, turning leaves, cooling temperatures and darkening nights. There are two different dates when Autumn could be said to begin. Autumn as defined by the Earth’s orbit around the sun, begins on the The Equinox and Solstice which falls on 22 or 23 September. However, for the purposes of recording climate data, it is important to have set dates that can be compared, so the meteorological Autumn always begins on 1 September.

One of the most stunning signs of Autumn is the turning of the leaves. The shorter days are a sign to trees to begin to prepare for winter. During winter there is not enough light for photosynthesis to occur, so as the days shorten throughout Autumn, the trees begin to close down their food production systems and reduce the amount of chlorophyll in their leaves.

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Nothing is more fleeting than external form, which withers and alters like the flowers of the field at the appearance of autumn.

 ― Umberto Eco

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“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”

 ― Yoko Ono

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“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

 ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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Did You Know?

The word equinox comes from the Latin equi (meaning equal) and nox (meaning night) accounting for the equinox marking the time when day and night are of equal length. We often notice the nights begin to draw in from this point as after the Autumn equinox, the night longer than the day, until this is reversed at the Spring equinox.

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