Checking The Leaves Before The Freeze!-by Colleen Carew

Checking The Leaves Before The Freeze!

I decided to take a little road trip North to Dauphin County, PA to visit a good friend in Harrisburg.  The main reason was to see my girlfriend, Jeni, who I started in Radio with back in the Hammerjacks days, but also to finally take-in all the Fall foliage and beauty around us.  Plus, I had recently put together an awesome road-trippin soundtrack I wanted to try out.  Here’s where I got a few ideas from:

Fall is definitely my favorite Season.  Although, I’m not thrilled about the cold months to follow, I do love the aura of Autumn – the smell of wood stoves and fire pits burning, the crazy costumes my daughter puts together (she’s obsessed!), sweatshirts and football, and even hearing Christmas music when we all know it’s “too soon.”  How about some fun Fall facts?

  • -Fall was once called “Harvest.”  It’s the only Season with more than one name.  It’s also known as “Autumn” but in the 12th and 13th Century it was called “Haerfest” which was the act of taking in crops.  Eventually it was known as “harvest” because the Full Moon closest to the Autumn Equinox is called the Harvest Moon.  In the early 1600’s, when people started moving into the cities, The Harvest term wasn’t used as much…. Instead, people referred to the 3rd Season of the year as “Fall of the leaf”, shortened to “Fall” and from there it stuck.       
  • -Fall leaf colors are caused by certain pigments in the leaves, and different kinds of trees produce different pigments. When you notice leaves that are purple and red, that’s caused by the “anthocyanins” pigment, which is only produced in the fall when sugars are trapped in the leaves. Lots of dry weather and sunlight will lead to more sugars in the leaves, meaning the leaves will be brighter red. Freezing, meanwhile, stops the process of making red pigments.
  • -Leaf colors depend on the sun as they are full of chlorophyll – a natural chemical that makes them green. When the leaves get less sunshine, chlorophyll isn’t produced as much, making the green color fade and allowing the natural color of the leaves to come out.  So, really, leaves are just naturally red, yellow, orange and purple – the green is just dominant most of the year.
  • -Bobbing for apples wasn’t always just a popular game to play during the Halloween season ~ it actually started out as a British courting ritual. Males were assigned an apple and the females would “bob” for them trying to get the right apple from the man she wanted.  If she did, it meant they were destined to be together.
  • -The spring equinox that causes us to lose an hour is the worst, but gaining an hour during the autumn equinox is actually good for us. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the rate of heart attacks for Americans is known to fall on the Monday following the end of daylight savings time.
  • -Much like Halloween costumes, Jack-o’-lanterns started out as a way for people to scare off evil spirits around Halloween. Back in the day, the Irish carved the faces into turnips, beets, or potatoes instead of pumpkins.
  • -Fall foliage is so beautiful to look at that it’s actually its own tourist industry altogether. Searching through the northeastern United States, especially New England states, to see the most beautiful foliage is known as leaf peeping, and it’s very popular. Apparently, more than three and a half million tourists travel to Vermont each year to do some leaf peeping, which inspires a $460 million tourist influx each fall.
  • -Autumn is the time when those long summer days start to disappear for a while. But shorter days doesn’t mean that earth is further away from the sun—fall is caused by the Earth’s tilt in relation to the sun. When the South Pole starts to tip towards the sun, weather cools in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • -Halloween is incredibly popular during the fall, and it’s a holiday that has been around for a very long time. But centuries ago, it was a little different—and more dark. It celebrated human death, and the Celts believed that on the night before Halloween, the boundary between the living and the dead came down. They started wearing scary costumes in order to scare away the ghosts that they believed walked the earth on Halloween.
  • -If you’re looking to get a glimpse of the aurora borealis in the sky, you might want to wait for autumn. The longer nights and cooler weather make fall “aurora season,” according to NASA. Geomagnetic storms are about twice as frequent during the fall, creating the light show.
  • Dauphin County, PA
  • Susquehanna’s Lady Liberty….  Harrisburg, PA
  • Strong radio ties that bind here, starting in Ocean City, MD in the mid-80’s…  Colleen & Jeni!

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