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    cliff449
    cliff449  5 United Kingdom
    29 Oct 2008 - 7:40 PM

    Does anyone know if there is a reason why the Autumn colours in the last 2 years have been so spectacular, is it the wet August?

    I went to Stourhead (National Trust near Warminster)yesterday, the colours there were tremendous. Even at home though the trees and leaves are really good.

    Will upload an image from Stourhead tomorrow.

    Cliff

    P.S. Anyone else been to decent Autumnal locations

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    bangalicious
    29 Oct 2008 - 7:55 PM

    No idea why, i notice that the most vibrant colours can be found after rain, whilst being nice and sunny, like today in 'lovely' Bedford.
    Went for a walk through old warden, Bedfordshire today after work. An old village with aged trees and old architecture. Colours were beautiful. Then it got dark at 5 :-( Booo!

    Anil.

    NEWMANP
    NEWMANP e2 Member 61583 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
    29 Oct 2008 - 7:59 PM

    The colours up here on the edge of the peak are not as good as last year by a long way, dont understand it, a lot of trees are not turning at all. even the birches are dissapointing. the beeches seem to be doing ok though,
    Phil

    discreetphoton
    discreetphoton Site Moderator 93451 forum postsdiscreetphoton vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
    29 Oct 2008 - 11:09 PM

    okay, well here goes...
    Using New England as an example, the fall colours are at their peak when the daily highs are about fifteen celsius and the nights drop below zero. The high temperatures raises pressure within the trees, and allow the sap to flow freely into the leaves. Because the temperatures drop so quickly, the sap slows, and the sugars in it crystalise within the leaves, causing cellular damage and wonderful colouring.
    So whilst the wet summer has helped with sap production, it's the high temperature variation from day to night which causes the saturation in the leaves.

    cliff449
    cliff449  5 United Kingdom
    30 Oct 2008 - 8:19 AM

    Thanks for the explanation.

    Present weather conditions (high winds and rain) mean we wont have much longer to take pictures i geuss.

    Cliff

    aftertherain
    30 Oct 2008 - 10:48 AM

    I was at Talkin Tarn the other day - the colours aren't a patch on last year and lots of the trees have no leaves at all - guess the gales a week or so ago put paid to those.

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