By Darryl Payne
Posted on October 13, 2011
The biggest color show in the Smokies doesn’t take place on New Year’s Eve or the 4th of July or even at Christmas. In fact, this show is so big, it can’t be squeezed into just one day. It takes weeks to reveal itself, a time during which millions of people revel in its glory and gain a deep appreciation for the spectacle of nature’s beauty.
Of course, we’re talking about the annual transformation of tree foliage, when leaves undergo a gradual transition from the greens of spring and summer to the vibrant reds, yellows and oranges of autumn. This metamorphosis usually reaches its peak at lower elevations between late October and early November. As early as September, the ingredients for a successful color transformation—sunny days, longer nights, cooler temperatures and increased rainfall—start to come together.
Part of what makes the fall colors so memorable is the fact that some 100 species of trees can be found in the Great Smoky Mountains, which results in the curvaceous landscape getting painted with a diverse color palette. And did you know that trees actually inherit their fall colors, much like a person inherits his or her hair color? Each color is determined by the presence of chemicals like iron, magnesium and phosphorus as well as their acidity levels.
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About Darryl Payne
Darryl Payne is a native of East Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a web developer with a passion for building great websites. As a local, he can offer a unique perspective on where to stay and things to do while on vacation in the Smokies. To read his latest recommendations, please click the Google+ follow button.