Autumn is that season where everything seems to be more laid back – leaves fall, the weather can be a bit chilly, and the colors everywhere are just shades of brown, burnt orange or gold. Unlike winter, where everything seems to be colored white because everything is covered with snow, how does autumn color come about?
There are three pigments that are involved in autumn colors – chlorophyll, carotenoids, and anthocyanins. How they become active is an important part with how autumn colors come about. Chlorophyll is the pigment responsible for the green color of leaves. Carotenoids are the pigments that are responsible for yellow and orange fruits, vegetables and other crops. Corn, carrots and bananas are colored as such because the active pigment in the main produce is carotenoids and not chlorophyll. Anthocyanins gives reddish color to plant leaves and also some other parts of the vegetable.
Autumn will always continue to inspire art with the richness of the colors that you can see during this season. There are hobbyists and enthusiasts who go on park visits or practice photography during autumn. While some would stay at home, some would prefer to go out and see the display of colors you can see everywhere. If you do not like extreme heat or extreme cold, autumn can be the perfect season for you to go out and enjoy the surroundings, something that you probably won’t do when the sun is so high up or when the streets are closed due to snow storms.