Rain Drops on Autumn Coloured Acer Leaves
_ The other day we were out exploring the byways of the Borders enjoying the fantastic autumn colouring before all the leaves blew off – surprise surprise in the rain, when for a few minutes at least the rain stopped allowing me to take these three shots of rain washed leaves.
_ Though the light was bad and the wind kept blowing making focusing very difficult I think they came out quite well. (There was a large number that got deleted as nothing was in focus, but that is the wonders of a digital camera, compared to film.)
Rain Covered Red Acer Leaves
_ The leaves go their fantastic colours in some autumn trees results from the loss of chlorophyll simply unmasking the yellow carotinoids that were there all along. But red coloration comes from a pigment called anthocyanin, which has to be made afresh as autumn takes hold. Why trees would bother to spend energy doing this as things are winding down for the winter has been widely debated and no-one really seems to know. Still this does not stop us appreciating the Acer's lovely colour even if we don't really know why.
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