Wednesday, September 20, 2006

A change of seasons, a season of change

Old artwork (new for you) for Illustration Friday

With the approach of fall, the leaves are beginning to change colors. (Yes, even here in So Cal...on certain trees at least.)

It was not until I became an arboretum docent that I learned why leaves change. It is because the chlorophyll, the stuff that makes leaves green, has gone, making it possible to see all the other colors which were there all along, just hidden under all the green! For a more complete, (but still simple)
explanation of why leaves change color, click here .
I painted this leaf back in the 70's, but it still looks like it just fell off the tree.

Fall is my favorite time of year, if anybody cares to know.


  1. Oh, this is beautiful! Love it!

  2. Hurrah for autumn. The most colourful ime of the year! Your leaf is just perfect. Sums up all the warm autumn oranges perfectly.

  3. wow, that is beautiful about the colours being there all along, hiding underneath the green.

    Lovely leaf illo too, wise old leaf illo!


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