Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

This morning, I am sharing an autumnal view of the remnants of the tram tracks, which run through our village.

I have shown different views of this historical feature but not from this viewpoint, with the colours of autumn playing an important part.

In the photograph, there are strong contrasts between the evergreen trees and shrubs and those that are deciduous. The deciduous tree, in the foreground, has spread a beautiful carpet of warm colours.

The shedding of leaves helps trees conserve water and energy. As unfavourable weather approaches, hormones in the trees trigger the process of abscission, whereby the leaves are actively cut off the tree by specialised cells. The word abscission shares the same Latin root word as that in scissors, scindere, which means to cut.

At the start of the abscission process, trees reabsorb valuable nutrients from their leaves and store them for later use in their roots. Chlorophyll, the pigment that gives leaves their green colour, is one of the first molecules to be broken down for its nutrients. This is one of the reasons why trees turn red, orange and gold colours during the fall. At the end of the abscission process, when the leaves have been shed, a protective layer of cells grows over the exposed area. - EarthSky

I will add a workshop photograph showing the tree from the opposite angle.

Have a great Sunday, Bev :-)
It is grey and dark here, quite a change from last week!

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9446 W: 372 N: 21865] (85932)
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