Natural COLOR

Maples along the Tamanawas Trail began their transformation as early as September. Contrary to popular belief, leaves do not change as a result of cooler temperatures. Leaves change due to a lack of light, according to sciencemadesimple.com. Green is the color of chlorophyll, the chemical trees use to transform sunlight, water and carbon dioxide into glucose, their food source. Trees need sunlight to manufacture chlorophyll. So when the sun tilts toward the southern hemisphere, trees go into a sort of hibernation during the winter, subsisting off the glucose they produced during spring and summer.

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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive

The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge



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