Monday, September 26, 2016

fun facts about Fall

I always love to know a little bit about random things. I thought I would share a few random facts about Autumn with you today. My son's social studies teacher would have them write down "ten interesting facts" whenever they would watch a video in class for their notes. So here is my list of Ten Interesting Facts for Fall from my google reading, ha!
I also shared this post over on my Sisters and Sidekicks blog.

1. A “Harvest Moon” is the full moon closest to the autumn equinox. Before artificial lighting, such moonlight was essential to a farmer’s successful harvest.

2. During the fall, in response to colder temperatures and less light, leaves stop producing chlorophyll, the green pigment that helps capture sunlight to power photosynthesis. As the green fades, the leave’s other pigments shine through, such as orange and yellow carotenoids and vibrant red anthocyanin. These other colors have always been there, they are just now viewed more because the green is gone.
(side note: My most favorite Fall was when I spent a week in Upstate NY with my sisters. The trees were amazing. I had never seen anything like the leaves there before.)

3. Many birds fly great distances every year to maintain their life of endless summertime. One that migrates the furthest is the Arctic Tern. It flies about 40,000 kilometers – or 24,000 miles – each year. That’s a distance about equal to the distance around the Earth. An Arctic Tern can live for 25 years, so in its life-long quest for summer it can fly a million kilometers – nearly three times the distance from the Earth to the moon.
(side note: I love watching the sky when all the birds are flying South. It's amazing to me that one group of birds can just keep going, even minutes later the stragglers are still bringing up the rear!)

4. The word harvest comes from the Old Norse word haust meaning “to gather or pluck.” In the early 1600s the word harvest fell out of use. Instead, people began to use the phrase “fall of the leaf” to refer to the third season of the year when trees lose their leaves.
(side note: I love to type the word Autumn, but I generally say the word Fall out loud when talking. I always wanted to name my daughter Autumn. I never had a girl though...)

5. Autumnal depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects between 4-5% of the population, although 10-20% have one any kind of symptoms related to it. It generally affects more women than men.
(side note: I love the sun, and miss it when it's gone during fall and winter months!)

6.  The monarch butterflies will spend their winter hibernating in Mexico and some parts of Southern California where it is warm all year long. If the monarch lives in the Eastern states, usually east of the Rocky Mountains, it will migrate to Mexico and hibernate in oyamel fir trees. Others will spend their winter in California Eucalyptus trees. They are the only insect that migrates to a warmer climate. 

7. The "pumpkin capital" of the world is self proclaimed Morton, Illinois. This is where you'll find the home of the Libby Corporation's Pumpkin Industry.
(side note: I love pumpkin pie! It's just so good! I can eat the entire thing with real dairy whipped cream, even though I get a tummy ache later...)

 7.5 Local to Southern California and want a true country pumpkin picking experience? Head to Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Patch. Here is an excellent write up about the place. It used to be 15 minutes from us and the kids loved it year after year. It has grown and there is a big corn maze, petting zoo, huge hay tower to climb on, and fun games for the kids. Not to mention, real pumpkins growing out in the field you can pick yourself. This is nothing like those shopping center parking lot pumpkin patches where the pumpkins are delivered from the farm. This is the real farm!

8. China leads the world in production, with almost half of the global harvest originating within its borders. The United States follows China, producing about 6 percent of the global harvest.The ancestor of all modern varieties originated in central Asia. Archaeologists have found evidence of human apple consumption in sites from 6,500 B.C. Apples were grown in Asia and Europe for thousands of years before they were imported into North America.
(side note: I always thought Washington state was the apple capital of the world. See #9) 
Monarch butterflies are the only insect that migrates to a warmer climate - See more at:
Monarch butterflies are the only insect that migrates to a warmer climate - See more at:
Monarch butterflies are the only insect that migrates to a warmer climate - See more at:

 9. Apples are grown commercially in 32 states. The 10 top apple-producing states are: Washington, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California, Virginia, North Carolina, Oregon, Ohio, Idaho

10. Local to Southern California? Try Riley's Apple Farm in Yucaipa, for a pick your own apple experience. From their website: "Look for the red apple cutout that sits on top of our "Riley's Apple Farm" sign! We expect to pick apples into November this year, as the crop is large. Apple u-pick can end anywhere from early October to late November.  FYI, it's always a good idea to come apple picking in September to make sure you get to do it! Apple varieties as of 9/7/16 are:  Spartan, McIntosh, Fuji, and Early Red Fuji. Early Red Fuji only available on weekdays. Varieties subject to change as we get picked out of a variety or new varieties become ready to pick."

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