The Great Outdoors – The Science Behind Fall Colors

MARQUETTE COUNTY, Mich. (WBUP) — Whether you are up near Copper Harbor or driving by the Hiawatha National Forest, the Upper Peninsula is a picture perfect postcard of fall colors.

As the days get shorter, the breakdown of chlorophyll helps the yellow pigments in leaves be more visible, while the production of a new pigment brings a red color to fall foliage as the weather changes.

Professor Alan Rebertus of Northern Michigan University say that is not the whole story as scientific discoveries continue to shed light on the vibrant color show.

Finally, take the time to be a citizen scientist by hiking a trail and developing your own sense of awareness in the natural beauty around you.