Each autumn, the mountains of Vermont explode into color, drawing “leaf peepers” from around the world. The brilliant hillsides also add a rich backdrop to a morning paddle on Lake Shaftsbury for Maggie, Henry, and Gilly. The amazing tapestry occurs when the chlorophyll in the leaves of deciduous trees breaks down due to changes in temperature and the amount of sunlight during the day. The shimmering reds, oranges, and yellows are pigments that already existed in the leaves but were covered by the green of chlorophyll. As the green begins to dissolve, the other pigments shine through.
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