September 23rd was the first official day of Fall.Â This is my favorite season for many reasons: temperatures are cooling, ski season is getting closer and most importantly Fall colors grace us with their presence.Â Plants are winterizing, just like many of us do with our houses.Â I wasÂ curious about how and why leaves change color and I discovered that primarily it’s because they stop making food and no longer need their green chlorophyll. Â And when chlorophyll production stops, the leaves express beautiful reds, oranges and yellows throughout the basin.
Fall color here in Lake Tahoe is spectacular.Â Almost all deciduous plants change colors in the next couple ofÂ months.Â The aspenÂ is found prominently throughout the basin and shows off its color change vibrantly. Â If you are close to the Tahoe area and looking for a gorgeous lookout to view fall colors try these hot spots:
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Hwy 50 â€“ behind the casinos, withÂ Heavenly in the background
Fall colorsÂ can be here one day and gone the next, if we get a cold snap and snow.Â Thatâ€™s why we have to get out there while we can. Â I hope you all get out and enjoy the Fall colors.Â Take pictures and share them with us!