WriteOut Autumn’s Color Wheel

Green leaves of trees turn yellow in October reflecting into Banks Lake
on Flickr

Daily Note

Every day, a photograph, a poem. In October a year ago we hiked along Banks Lake at Steamboat Rock State Park where this lovely view of nature’s trees fading from green to yellow reflected into the lake. Today as I thought of this change of color, I turned to the color wheel, which as an artist and teacher, I know blue and yellow blend to green. I wondered, “Is it the blue that fades from green so only yellow shines?”

Autumn’s Color Wheel

Leaves of green that lose the blue
brighten all in sunshine’s hue.

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Daily Wonder

Perhaps — I do see some blue in these Chloroplasts in Plagiomnium affine moss.

Chloroplasts in Plagiomnium affine moss by Kristian Peters -- Fabelfroh, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Chloroplasts in Plagiomnium affine moss
by Kristian Peters — Fabelfroh, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

However, the science of leaves is fascinating, and it’s chlorophyll that gives leaves its green color, and when autumn arrives, the chlorophyll breaks down and leaves the leaves, allowing other pigments to shine through. For more information about autumn leaves, see these resources:

Perhaps it’s time to take a walk outdoors and look more closely at the leaves of trees in your area. Perhaps make a sketch or painting.

Watercolor of autumn leaves with the quote "When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky." ~ Buddha by Sheri Edwards


Yes– perhaps take a walk outdoors with a sketchbook or journal– and participate in this year’s “Write Out”– a joint venture by the National Writing Project and the National Park Service to encourage people to get outdoors. This year’s Write Out is STEAM- Powered (STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) from October 9-23, 2022. It’s free. It encourages writing and making and sharing about your own experiences with the outdoors in a local event, on your own, or with the Write Out activities you can find here.

Field Journal Ideas

Don’t have a sketchbook, notebook, or journal? The @writingproject has some DIY [Do It Yourself] suggestions for you:

Inspired by The Daily Create

Today’s Daily Create prompt —-#clmooc #DS106  @ds106dc   #tdc3912 suggested sharing a sketch or drawing of trees. I chose the photo above with the short wondering poem.

For more poems on parks– See Poet.org celebration of parks: Imagine Our Parks as Poems

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This post is a cross-posted of Autumn’s Color Wheel on Sheri42net 09.29.22.