Losing Grip

Not long ago, the woods were decorated with still-remaining, washed out leaves of the beech trees. Throughout the winter, even with a lack of color, their pale patterns added interest to the scene.

Taken January 14, 2015
Taken January 14, 2015

Now, in the early-spring chapter, the props have changed, and the stage has been dotted with the fresh, lively and luscious colors, of yellow and green.

And only a few marcescent leaves still hang on.

Marcescent leaves of the American Beech (Fagus Grandifolia)
Marcescent leaves of the American beech (Fagus Grandifolia)

Click the link above if you’ve ever wondered why some leaves hang on until spring.

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