Jump Start Your Brain: When Trees Turn!

JumpstartHappy Saturday, Modern Philosophers!

If you’re anything like me, you’re still plodding around the house in your Sleeping Toga, rubbing the sleep out of your eyes, and wondering why you can’t form a complete, focused Deep Thought.

Don’t reach for the coffee.  You’ve come to the right place.  Let’s jump start our brains together!  This is a free service for all who read this blog, so why not take advantage?

The weather is definitely getting cooler up here in Maine.  So much so, that it is starting to feel like Autumn even though it is clearly still Summer.  Last night, the weather was so Fall-like that The House on the Hill actually had 3 trick or treaters!

The poor kids were so sure it was Halloween, and they looked adorable.  They were dressed as a hippie, a soldier, and a politician, but they told me they were The Three Stooges!  Such humor deserved a reward, so they all got a Snapple, a yogurt, and a dollar to put towards the candy of their choice.

Maine treesAs I write this, I am wearing my fleece and all the windows are closed.  A change of seasons is definitely on the horizon, which got me to thinking about how beautiful Maine looks when the Fall Foliage explodes onto the scene.

Then that led to some Deep Thoughts that caused my brain to begin to warm.

How do the trees know when it’s time to turn?  Do they have some sort of social media system?  Tree-mail perhaps?  Does some tree overlord going around and notify them in an old school manner, wandering from tree to tree?  Can trees communicate telepathically?

Where are the colors for the leaves stored?  Are they in the roots all year just waiting for the signal?  Do the trees get to choose the color for their Fall leaves?  Do they compete amongst themselves for which tree has the best foliage?  What’s the prize?

TreesIf the trees look so darn amazing every Fall, why don’t they change colors all year and really put on a show?  Are trees lazy?  Do they prefer green and only change colors to keep the humans happy?  Are the trees harboring some sort of resentment against us because we demand that they put on this colored leaf display for us every year?

So much to think about.  My brain has been officially jump started and is ready to run at top speeds all day.

Is it working for you, Modern Philosophers?  What Deep Thoughts are you coming up with in response to all the questions I’ve posed?

I’d love to read your answers in the comments section…

Enjoy this lovely Summer weekend!

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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15 Responses to Jump Start Your Brain: When Trees Turn!

  1. grannyK says:

    I think they just choose whatever their favorite color is and they don’t care what we think! Darn their hides anyway! I don’t think they are lazy, just snobbish.

  2. Drops of Ink says:

    It’s too early over here on a Saturday, for me to have deep thoughts.. I’d rather be deep asleep.. Zzzzz

  3. Susan Sassi says:

    Well since they absorb the sun to photosynthesize their food. I’m sure they can feel the sun farther away and sense it is time to transform. My question is, how do beavers know instinctively know to stop the water and how to build damns?

  4. ksbeth says:

    it is a special show, limited engagement, keeps it hot and in demand )

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