Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Color of Leaves by Morgan Mandel

One of the draws for visiting the NorthWoods in the Fall is color. It looks like we may have hit it right on our vacation this year. It's predicted the colors should hit their peak in midweek. Already we've seen some great displays.

It may seem obvious, but it bears mentioning. In your manuscript, be sure to add seasonal colors for flavor.

Leaves have always been a great way to describe the Seasons in a book. This is what happens in Illinois, Wisconsin and other neighboring states:

In Spring, except for evergreens, most leaves are light green in color. Summer turns them into a deeper greenish hue.

In the Fall, leaves change into a splendid spectrum of colors --- cranberry, russet, tan, orange, and gold. They're not only on the trees, but also in the wind and underfoot.

Then Winter arrives. The leaves are gone. The trees are bare.

I don't know if this holds true in other areas of the country. If anyone not from around here would like to share, please leave a comment.

1 comment:

  1. I live in Houston where many trees and bushes stay green all year. But even here we get some color in the Fall - especially from the maples.


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