November 4, 2011
Leaves turn after the tree withdraws green chlorophyll from the leaves, leaving behind anthocyanins that turn sawtooth maples red.
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“I need a Living,” says Tom, my beloved editor. “Guess you shouldn’t have spent your whole life in newspapers,” I say sympathetically. “No. I need a feature, for the Living page.”
Right. Write a story. Fall color. East Verde. Cottonwoods. Sycamores. The usual suspects. Except I just wrote about cottonwoods two weeks ago. And I got all gushy last fall about red and yellow leaves, bereft of chlorophyll but high on leftover yellow carotenoids and red anthocyanins. So now I gotta come up with something fresh. Besides, Lobo needs a walk.