Leaves sprinkle across the landscape, unmistakable and established. They are a token of most landscapes, providing the backdrop for a pleasant view or gorgeous vista. Beautiful alone, in pairs, or in groups, they hold the dazzling charm of nature's breath.
Draped over a fence or resting on the snow, they often go unnoticed because they are seen by many each day.
They hold water...
They gather frost...
and find respite.
They catch the sun...
and drift across water.
Some Facts About Leaves
1. Leaves use photosynthesis to convert energy from sunlight to feed the tree or plant.
2. The green in leaves is the chemical, chlorophyll, which allows leaves to perform photosynthesis.
3. Leaves provide nesting material for animals and birds.
4. Veins in leaves transport food, water, and minerals to the tree or plant.
5. Leaves on trees provide shade to animals, plants, people, and buildings.
6. Each leaf has a waxy coating for protection called a cuticle.
7. Leaves change color in fall because the cooler temperatures signal trees and plants to store food. The chlorophyll breaks down and creates the beautiful golds, oranges, and reds of autumn.
8. Leaves that have fallen in autumn provide coverage for the forest floor, protecting roots and providing refuge for animals.
9. Leaves break down and eventually provide more nutrients for plants and trees in the form of compost.
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