Fall foliage on my farm is especially pretty. We give most of the credit to the sugar maple trees in our sugarbush. We know there are a lot of maples in Vermont because we lead the other states in maple syrup production.
The maple trees and foliage on my farm lead me to believe that I live in paradise. I may not feel like I’m in paradise, when it’s 20 degrees below zero this winter. Certainly not a paradise during Mud Season. That’s the season that’s sandwiched between winter and spring. The dirt roads are so muddy that they’re capable of swallowing up unsuspecting, mid-sized sedans. With all that aside, today, I feel the farm I share with my family is a beautifully painted canvas.
The sun shone brilliantly today and the leaves, still clinging to the trees, are just about at peak foliage. I knew it had to be today or I could possibly miss capturing this year’s masterpiece for all of eternity. I grabbed my camera and headed out to photograph the fall foliage.
Where the maple tree gets it color?
The maple leaf gets it green color from the chemical compound, chlorophyll. The chlorophyll starts the photosynthesis process. Photosynthesis is the process that leaves use to turn sunlight, carbon dioxide and water into plant food, or glucose.
When Labor Day passes, and the nights are colder and the days have less sunlight. This allows the fall foliage to bring its spectacular display of color to Vermont’s landscape. As the photosynthesis starts shutting down, the chlorophyll that was making the leaves look green, starts to fade.
Colors of maple trees and fall foliage
The reds, oranges, yellows and browns start to appear. The annual viewing of the colors bring many tourists to Vermont and throughout New England. You can’t take home a maple tree, but pure Vermont maple syrup leaves the state daily with happy leaf peepers.
Maple trees turn these colors for a variety of reasons. Weather and survival tactics play a role as does the chemical make up of the trees. Stressed trees may turn early and different types of trees change different colors. Regardless, they all add their unique splash of color to the foliage.
Maple trees and fall foliage on my farm
The valley that we live in is surrounded by maple trees. Those maple trees are responsible for the vast majority of the color. We think we have the best fall foliage of any New England landscape. I hope that some day, you, too, get a chance to experience fall foliage in Vermont and to visit the Carman Brook Farm.