Nature Word of the Month – March 2017

Nature Word of the Month - March 2017: MARCESCENT

Have you noticed that some trees seem to hold on to their leaves throughout the winter? ย We often notice how the golden and coppery colors stand out among the surrounding bare trees or against the backdrop of green conifers. ย It’s common especially for oaks, American Beech and Witch Hazels.

Now is the perfect time to take notice of which trees and shrubs still have dried leaves or flower corollas clinging on, before the new spring growth casts them off. And because there are a limited variety with this trait, theseย trees should be fairly easy to identify.

Next time you are out, take notice of the trees and have fun pointing out any marcescent ones you see.

Fondly,
Monique

Nature Word of the Month: FEUILLEMORT

Nature Word of the Month: FEUILLEMORT

“The dead leaves their rich mosaics
Of olive and gold and brown
Had laid on the rain-wet pavements,
Through all the embowered town.”

-Samuel Longfellow

What colors come to mind for you when you think of the colors of dying leaves?ย  Olive?ย  Sepia?ย  Copper?ย  I love how the word for this month (from the French feuille morte) conjures up so many different hues, the visual unique for each one of us.

Spend some time with your child noticing the colors of the autumn leaves around you.ย  Bring home a collection or take some photos.ย  Look at the variety.ย  Can you arrange them from darkest to lightest?ย  How else might you categorize them?ย  How would you describe the colors?ย  What do the colors make you think of?

Resources to Inspire:

Investigate Further

I hope this word of the month and the resources above help heighten your appreciation for all the shades of fall’s fading leaves.

Have fun exploring!

Fondly,
Monique

P.S. If you’d to print a copy of this month’s word, you can download a PDF version.