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Kayaking In the Fall
The weather is crisp and the leaves are changing so keep on paddling.
Fall foliage is one of nature’s great wonders and a spectacular display of colors.
It’s a wonderful time for photographers and artists to capture the brilliant colors.
People travel great distances and plan hikes and picnics, just to catch this show.
So whether you are in the Northeast, Southeast or Midwest its getting to be
that time of year.
September kicks off the most colorful of all the seasons and it ends in the
Southeast areas in November.
So lets skirt in, put on a dry top and enjoy the crisp air. Many kayak and
canoe shops have fall foliage tours on the rivers.
But any body of water during peak color can be an amazing site .
Just think about the colorful reflections of your boat and the foliage, what can be better than that?
Research your area and share your pictures.
Here’s Some great places that offer foliage tours are:
Maine –Freeport Coast
Biddeford Maine -Saco river
New jersey- Wawayanda Lake, Splitrock Reservoir, Round Valley Reservoir, Passaic River (Morris County)
West Virginia -Harpers Ferry
New Hampshire Lake Champlain
Northern Vermont-Lake Champlain
Arkansas-Cane Creek state park
Maryland -Potomac river
Oregon -Lewis and Clark’s National Historic Park Trail
NW Ohio 14 scenic rivers
Virginia -Mattapun or Pamunkey rivers
MICHIGAN -Galien River
Missouri -Branson Lakes
So do you wonder? Why do the leaves change colors in autumn?
We all enjoy the colors of autumn leaves. The changing fall foliage never fails to suprise and delight us.
Did you ever wonder how and why a fall leaf changes color? Why a maple leaf turns bright red?
Where do the yellows and oranges come from? To answer those questions,
we first have to understand what leaves are and what they do.
Leaves are nature's food factories. Plants take water from the ground through their roots.
They take a gas called carbon dioxide from the air. Plants use sunlight to turn water and carbon dioxide
into oxygen and glucose. Oxygen is a gas in the air that we need to breathe. Glucose is a kind of sugar.
Plants use glucose as food for energy and as a building block for growing.
The way plants turn water and carbon dioxide into oxygen and sugar is called photosynthesis.
That means "putting together with light." A chemical called chlorophyll helps make photosynthesis happen.
Chlorophyll is what gives plants their green color.
As summer ends and autumn comes, the days get shorter and shorter.
This is how the trees "know" to begin getting ready for winter.
During winter, there is not enough light or water for photosynthesis.
The trees will rest, and live off the food they stored during the summer.
They begin to shut down their food-making factories.
The green chlorophyll disappears from the leaves.
As the bright green fades away, we begin to see yellow and orange colors.
Small amounts of these colors have been in the leaves all along.
We just can't see them in the summer, because they are covered up
by the green chlorophyll
The bright reds and purples we see in leaves are made mostly in the fall.
In some trees, like maples, glucose is trapped in the leaves after photosynthesis stops.
Sunlight and the cool nights of autumn cause the leaves turn this glucose into a red color.
The brown color of trees like oaks is made from wastes left in the leaves.
It is the combination of all these things that make the beautiful fall foliage colors we enjoy each year.