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Cleveland's Fall Colors

Updated on August 17, 2013
It begins
It begins | Source

It may be just a single vivid slash of turning leaves. Or perhaps a few, here and there. And then the color shift migrates from tree to tree.

Leaves seem to glow from within
Leaves seem to glow from within | Source

When backlit by the low strong sun of autumn, leaves seem to fluoresce from within in vivid and varied hues.

Saturation | Source

The bark of twig and stem and trunk seems to darken and glisten in damp, chill contrast to the hot colors of foliage.

Just beginning?
Just beginning? | Source

Meanwhile, whether still vivid green or becoming acidic yellow, the laggards of the lot begin their fall transformation, some from bottom to top, some from top to bottom.

Full spectrum
Full spectrum | Source

Lawns retain their viridian hues a while longer, as the syncopated species of tree and shrub show their individuality.

Vivid orange-yellow
Vivid orange-yellow | Source

Bare trunks and pumpkin colors conjure up images of goblins and jack-o-lanterns, cornstalks and bats, and one last hurrah of a holiday before winter creeps upon us.

Crystal skies
Crystal skies | Source

Above the riot of colors, a crisp deep blue sky envelopes us, wisped with gauzy streamers of haze, or puffed with bright sailing cotton tufts.

Awesome evenings
Awesome evenings | Source

As the nights get cooler and the sun sinks lower, we are treated to spectacular dusk displays of form and color.

Choreographed | Source

And, as the days stretch to weeks, still the foliage about us keeps to its annual choreographed rhythm, with each turning in turn.

Timekeeper | Source

At times we can read the marching of the days in the progressional shift of color in a single specimen or in a treeline.

And what would you call this color?
And what would you call this color? | Source

Magenta? Fuchsia? Cerise? Grenadine? Raspberry? The changing tints of the landscape around us often confound with the uniqueness of their hues.

Color explained
Color explained | Source

Marveling at the color change, it's difficult to understand — but true — that what we are seeing is not color change at all. All of the vivid colors of autumn — the reds, oranges, yellows, purples — are all in fact resident within the foliage year-round. It is simply the annual die-off of chlorophyll each autumn that removes the overpowering green tint, thereby allowing the long-hidden hot spectrum of other colors to shine through.

The glories of North Chagrin Reservation


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    • rickzimmerman profile image

      rickzimmerman 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Too bad they last for such a short period — soon everything will be going brown and gray (and, of course, white).

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      GlstngRosePetals 5 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      Such a beautiful landscape and the colors are amazing. Voted up!

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      rickzimmerman 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks, gk! As global warming proceeds, the areas in which one can tour fall colors keeps moving farther north and gets a bit later each year. We used to see great colors in West Virginia and southern Ohio; now you're more likely to see them in northern Ohio, Pennsylvania, upstate NY, and so on.

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      Georgiakevin 5 years ago from Central Georgia

      Your photo essay is incredibly beautiful. I lived in the west coast for many years where there were no change in the color of the trees. It wasn't until I moved to the South where we do get at least some Autumn color that I realized how much I missed it. Your photo essay proves to me that the colors in the leafs up north are a lot more vibrant than what is seen around my part of Georgia. In addition our trees are just beginning to change color. I suppose that might have something to do with the fact that it is still in the 8Os.

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      rickzimmerman 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks, ew! Glad you enjoyed!

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      europewalker 5 years ago

      Such beautiful colorful photos! I haven't seen a real fall season in a good while. I have been living in Texas and I want to move back to a place that actually has four seasons. Thanks for sharing :)

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      rickzimmerman 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks, rwt! Hope you get a chance to enjoy some of my other hubs!

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      readwriteteach 5 years ago from Midwest

      Such lovely photos.