From mid September to early November, Montreal’s many trees reveal an array of colours which, believe it or not, are present year round. Yellows,oranges and reds are hidden from view in warmer months by the green pigment chlorophyll,a molecule crucial to photosynthesis which begins disappearing from leaves as days grow shorter and temperatures drop.
Autumn marks the end of summer and the beginning of shorter and cooler days. While we reminisce about the lazy summer and prepare for the cozy winter, we dismiss the charm of autumn, with its falling leaves and beautiful hues of yellow and orange. A pile of orange and yellow leaves is irritable to children as they sit on a bed of leaves and play.
All around the world it represents harvest time, with many festivals and thanksgiving celebrations to welcome the good yield. In China they celebrate the Mid Autumn festival for the coming harvest, in India they celebrate Diwali for the victory of light over darkness, and in the United States of America they celebrate Thanksgiving as family gathers to watch football and parades.
Some of the best places to see the autumn leaves are in Tasmania in April, New England in October, and Mount Fuji in November.