As the seasons pass, there is a spectacular natural phenonmenon that is neglected by far too many people. This amazing phenomenon is the cycle that leaves follow. Each spring, leaves burst forth on all trees (except evergreens) and stay green throughout the spring and summer. Come fall, however, things change dramatically. As winter approaches, trees need to shed surface area so that snow does not accumulate on them and break their branches. To accomplish this task, trees drop their leaves. But it is so much more than this.
When trees drop their leaves, the leaves change from green to brilliant shades of yellow, orange, red, and purple. After perfoming this feat, they begin to fall and blanket the earth. Trees remain barren throughout the winter and then, again, begin to grow new leaves in the spring. The leaves from the year before can be said to, in essence, live again as new leaves the following year, as they deteriorate and provide the tree with nutrients. This phenomenon is amazing.