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"The autumnal change of our woods has not made a deep impression on
our own literature yet. October has hardly tinged our poetry."
Around this time, deciduous trees shed their leaves. The leaves of the trees change their color to a reddish hue prior to falling. Such colored leaves have come to be colloquially called "Fall Foliage". In the temperate zones, Autumn is the season during which most crops are harvested, and deciduous trees lose their leaves. It is also the season during which days get shorter and cooler, the nights get longer, and precipitation gradually increases (in some parts of the world).
The word 'Autumn' is derived from the French word 'automne', and
became popular in usage for the season
since the 16th century. The North American name for the season, 'Fall', is probably derived as a
contraction of the phrase, "Fall of the leaves" and has since became used interchangeably.
Eastern Canada and the New England region of the United States are famous for
the brilliance of
their "Fall Foliage," and a seasonal tourist industry has grown up around the few weeks in Autumn
when the leaves are at their peak. Some television and web-based weather forecasts even report
on the status of the fall foliage throughout the season as a service to tourists.
Fall foliage tourists are often referred to as "Leaf Peepers".
Are you a Leaf Peeper?
Autumn leaf color is a phenomenon that affects the normally green leaves of
many deciduous trees and shrubs
by which they take on, during a few weeks in the autumn months, one or many colors that range from
red to yellow. The phenomenon is commonly called "Fall Colors or Autumn Colors", while the expression,
"Fall Foliage", usually connotes the viewing of a tree or forest whose leaves have undergone the change.
In some areas in the United States (notably New England), "Leaf Peeping" tourism between the beginning
of color changes and the onset of leaf fall, or scheduled in hope of coinciding with that period,
is a major contribution to economic activity.
|Children's Activities for Autumn from DLTK
DLTK Childrens Activities
Printable templates for autumn crafts, coloring pages, songs for preschool, kindergarten and grade school kids.
|Autumn Coloring Books for Kids from DLTK
Free, printable autumn (fall) coloring book pages for kids.
|Links for Elementary Teachers and Parents
Also be sure to check out their "Autumn Links" page for more ideas.
|Autumn Crafts from Disney's Family Fun page
Autumn Family Fun
Browse craft ideas for the autumn season, including handmade fall gifts, fall recipes and fun for kids of all ages.
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