first_imgOrange peak = Nov. 1″This year’s peak for orange coloring is predicted at Nov. 1, sogood viewing should be two weeks ahead of this date and one weekpast it,” he said.He suggests mapping out two routes for your leaf-watchingtrek.”Take one northbound Georgia highway up and come back onanother,” he said. “Once you reach your destination, get up highto see the best color distribution.”Nature’s fall color display is the result of trees’ naturalliving processes.”Dead leaves just turn brown and fall, but living leaf tissuedevelops color with bright days, cool but not freezingtemperatures and a slight drought,” Coder said. “Hard freezes orfrost at night, overcast and wet conditions can damage colorformation, and a big, windy storm front can blow all the leavesoff the trees.” A natural processTrees naturally turn color this time of year as they enter whatCoder calls “a resting phase of their lives.””The chlorophyll breaks apart, and the supporting leaf tissuesare sealed off from the tree and allowed to die,” he said. “Thisprocess allows new pigments to be made and old pigments to berevealed.”Red, yellow and brown are the colors most people equate with fallleaf color. But Coder says many more colors are on nature’spalette.”The three color systems tree leaves use are bright yellow tobright crimson oil colors, blue to deep purple water colors, andtan to dark brown earth tones,” Coder said. “Some trees, likesweetgum, can have all three colors on one tree. Other trees,like some oaks, have reds and dark reds all over the crown.” By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaIf leaf-watching is a traditional part of your fall outings, it’stime to plan your trip to the Georgia mountains. University ofGeorgia professor Kim Coder says Oct. 18 through Nov. 8 are thebest times to see nature’s color display.A UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources treehealth care specialist, Coder uses his personal leaf color modelthat is based on climate and tree health factors to estimate thepeak times for viewing yellow, orange and red leaf color waves.center_img Display flows southIf you don’t have the time or money to travel north, you canstill enjoy fall leaf color displays.”Because of cool, bright and clear conditions, the colors startat higher altitudes and flow downhill into the valleys headedsouth,” Coder said. “There are three color waves that pass throughseven to 16 days apart, depending upon the year. A yellow wavefirst, then an orange wave and finally a red wave that leads intowinter.”So, if you can’t get to the mountains for the first wave, staywhere you are and the color will come to you.last_img

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