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Now is the time for fall colors

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Do you enjoy all the beautiful autumn colors on the trees -- the yellows, oranges, and reds? Well now is the time to get out and enjoy these vibrant colors here in North Carolina. But have you ever wondered why the leaves changes colors? Before I can talk about why leaves change colors, I have to touch on the basics. Plants get water from the ground and carbon dioxide from the air. Then sunlight is used to help create glucose, a sugar, which is food for plants. This process is called photosynthesis, and wouldn't be complete without chlorophyll. And that is what makes the leaves green. In the fall, plants stop making food and start storing up for the winter. Since there is no photosynthesis occurring there is no chlorophyll. And the leaves are no longer green. We then start to see other colors such as yellow, rage, red and brown that have been in the leaves all along. If you are hoping to catch some of the vibrant colors here in the Tar Heel state this weekend, the best place would be around the piedmont. If you want to stay right here and see all the beautiful colors, next weekend looks to be your best bet!

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