Fall, Falling, Fallen: The Leaves, They Are A’ Changin’

October 16th, 2019

Our High Holy Day prayer books are half prayers and the other half are poems, short essays, and comments by well-known and lesser known writers. One poem was entitled “Fall, Falling, Fallen” and I liked it so much that I “borrowed” it for this posting.

Supposedly, climate change has pushed back the normal times that leaves change here is the northeastern part of the US. But I seem to remember that in State College, where I used to live, the week-end of Columbus Day was when you could see “Flaming Foliage in the center part of PA, and then a little later here in the Philadelphia area. And our trees are just beginning to change, so not sure the climate scientists are correct about this, but some people have said the colors are showing later this year.

Some time ago I cut out a quote by writer George Elliot that was printed in the Philadelphia Inquirer, which mirrors my own sentiments exactly about fall, because my idea of a great vacation would be to start in Canada and follow the changing leaves as
the weather gets colder during the months of fall, catching “flaming foliage down the east coast to about Tennessee. Of course, I would take pictures at each stop to track the changes. What an ideal vacation!

 

 

….if I were a bird

I would fly about the earth

  seeking the successive autumns.

 

Below is one of the photos I took on the road a few days ago when the leaves were just starting to sparkle to the north of us. But there is still a lot of green. I hope to display more photos as the leaves change, or should I say emerge, since the reds, golds, and rusts are always there, but camouflaged by the intensity of chlorophyll that stops being produced as the temperature drops. I call all the colors a “fall rainbow.”

 

 

 

American Forests: 3 Billion Trees by 2030

October 13th, 2019

A few days ago I posted a rhyme about trees with a mention of an organization that is devoted to trees: American Forests. In their solicitation there was a US map of when the leaves change and also info about the organization’s work. Here is the map:

The colors in the lower left hand corner indicate the months of peak foliage or what we call in PA “flaming foliage”:

(My color chart does not have the exact colors of the map, so I picked the colors closest to it.)

Deep Red: September
Orange Red: Early October
Gold: Mid October
Light Yellow: Late October
Green: November
White” Little Change

Here are some of the facts and info from their mailing:

The goal of American Forests is to plant 3 billion trees by 2030.*

While forests are threatened by the effects of climate change, they are also our best climate change solution.

Creating Tree Equity is not only a good thing to do, but it’s also the right thing to do.

If you give, your gift will not only plant trees, but plant them in the right places, where they will have the greatest impact in both key rural and urban landscapes.

* To help American Forests reach their goal, feel free to investigate their website: www.americanforests.org or donate directly to:

American Forests
Gift Processing Center
PO Box 867
Lewiston, ME 04243-0867

P.S. Also you may want to check out the Arbor Day Foundation for their program.  Also, I usually don’t suggest sending money anywhere, but I love the fall and the colorful leaves, so I made an exception for this posting!

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