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As summer ends and autumn comes, days get shorter, signaling trees to get ready for winter.
They begin to shut down their food-making factories, causing green chlorophyll to disappear in the leaves. Yellow and orange colors remain. These colors have been in the leaves all along, unseen in the summer, because they are masked by the green chlorophyll.
September 22, 2009