Leaves #2 #Haiku by Kate Rauner

Leaves #2 #Haiku by Kate Rauner

Leaves that hide in green

Drop their disguise in autumn

Unmask red and gold

Autumn Leaf_color_diagram

“Carotenoids are present in leaves the whole year round, but their orange-yellow colors are usually masked by green chlorophyll.  As autumn approaches, certain influences both inside and outside the plant cause the chlorophylls to be replaced at a slower rate than they are being used up. During this period, with the total supply of chlorophylls gradually dwindling, the “masking” effect slowly fades away.”  Wikipedia

You may read my other haiku on leaves at Leaves #1 and Leaves #3


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