Click of the Wrist – Falling Leaves

This past week brought us the first day of autumn, and the coming weeks will usher in a season of crisp days, chilly nights, warm colours, and good memories. For many, fall is the favourite season, and they’re not alone. Throughout the ages, autumn has intrigued and inspired scientists, artists, poets, musicians, and more to bring forth their own seasonal interpretations. Here are a few to enjoy.

Scientific Theory

Why do some leaves turn yellow and orange in the fall, while others become imbued with deep purples and reds? This science blog, now a part of Discover magazine’s website, explains some of the competing theories.

Artistic Touch

Think leaf art pictures are for kids? Think again. Award-winning Japanese artist Kazuo Akasaki has created beautiful, one-of-a-kind pictures using only fallen leaves. You can check out some of the amazing results at Japan Probe.

Poetic Vision

John Keats’s classic ode to the season, ?To Autumn,? is one of the most famous poems in the English-speaking world. The Academy of American Poets gives the full text and offers an audio reading of the poem.

Musical Interpretation

Part of Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons violin concertos, ?L?autunno,? or ?Autumn? (also known as Concerto No. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293), is as fresh and moving today as it was nearly 300 years ago. This video shows one passionate performance.