The season is starting to change and so are the colors of the leaves. With less sunlight, the chlorophyll is slowly breaking down, changing the leaves from green to fall favorites:
“The orange and red ones,” says Abby Monsoor.
“Maybe the light brown, I suppose in the trees,” says Clint Wolf.
“The leaves up here, they’re all yellow. And the leaves at home, they’re a lot more red and orange, blended colors,” says Rabekah Rowell.
What color the individual leaves turn, all depends on what pigments are left over once the chlorophyll is gone. For example, in an orange or yellow leaf, like this one, the major pigments leftover are called carotenoids. Meanwhile, in a red leaf, like these, are full of anthocyanins.
Checking out the fall foliage has become so popular, it’s gained the unofficial name of “leaf-peeping.”
“My granddaughters that did that, for school, they go out and gather different leaves and then they got to write a little article about them, says Wolf.
There are even road trips designed to take you through the best places across the United States, but you don’t have to travel far, ND Tourism has a list of some of the best spots all over our state and ND Parks and Recreation post updates of how many leaves have turned in our state parks.
The foliage isn’t predicted to peak until the end of the month or mid-October, depending on where you are in the state, but either way, that means you haven’t missed your chance to see the best of this year’s fall.