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Friday, 07 November 2003
feuilles d’automne

autumn trees

I took this picture today at the Forest of Haguenau. As the days shorten, the green chlorophyll disapears from the leaves, and we begin to see the yellow and orange colours that had been ‘masked’ up until now.  Bright reds and purples occur when glucose has been trapped in the leaves after photosynthesis stops. Browns occur from other wastes left behind in the leaves.

Driving to work this morning I noticed the Haguenau council workers on one side of the town with large petrol-driven “blowers”, blasting the leaves out of the bushes and onto the road.  On the other end of town their co-workers were blasting leaves out of the road and into the bushes on the verge of the road. They all seemed cheerful and to be enjoying their work (of which there will no doubt be plenty until the snow arrives).

Last night we went to L’Hippocampe for Khalid’s farewell. A good time was had by all. Lots of good music and dancing.

I spoke yesterday about the fog on Wednesday night. Today I shared a taxi with a Martian whose plane had been unable to land at Strasbourg on Wednesday night. They were diverted to Paris, and he had to take the first flight from Paris on Thursday morning. Apparently a plane has to be a category three to land in fog.

Posted by bigblue on 07/11/2003 at 09:18 PM
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The photo above, of the snow falling in Haguenau, shows the same trees as depicted in the picture of 7 Nov 2003.

More snow fell today, but it stopped

Posted by http://bluemeanie.org/blue/weblog.php?id=P126  on  28/01/2004  at  12:15 AM

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