2Cooleys.Com logo Ozarkmtns.Com/Foliage
2Cooleys Guide To Ozark Fall Foliage

Request Free Ozarks Vacation Information
For Quick Pricing & Details On Lodging & Recreation

Keep clicking here to see more Ozarks foliage photos above
33 different photos appear at random. Click again if a photo appears twice

more photo tours of
the Ozark Mountains

Ozark Fall Foliage Information
Foliage Home Page
When Is The Peak?
Ozark Fall Foliage Photos
Best Foliage Driving Tours
Glade Top Trail National Scenic Byway Driving Tour
About Ozarks Trees
Day Hike & Mountain Bike Trail
Compared: Ozarks Foliage to New England Foliage
Ozark Foliage Color - What Makes It Happen?
Photography Tips for Fall
Wildlife and Color
How We Prepare Our Reports
Reporting Area Map
 

 

Area Tourist Interests
Free Travel Information Request Form
Restaurants
Attractions
Lodging & Recreation
Local Weather

 

South Central Ozarks
Recreation & Lodging Directories
South Central Ozarks Area
White & North Fork River Area
Mountain Home Arkansas Area
Bull Shoals Lake Area
Buffalo National River
 

Press Room & Tour Leaders - Contact 2Cooleys

 

 

Ozark Fall Foliage Trip Planning
for the North Central Arkansas & South Central Missouri Corridor
Norfork Lake, Bull Shoals Lake, White River, Glade Top Trail, and Ozark National Forest areas

Details To Guidelines
#1 | # 2 | # 3 | # 4 | # 5

Rule 1 Details - Every Ozark Fall Has Color
If leaves are green, there WILL be color. For there to be no color all trees would need to be DEAD! Quantity and quality of fall color is entirely dependent upon fall weather conditions - temperature, sunlight, and fall rains. Summer drought has very little to do with it. Chlorophyll is what colors leaves green. As chlorophyll drains out of leaves in the fall, other chemicals remaining in the leaves are what we see as fall color.

A leaf is a highly complex and wonderful creation. Using a long list of chemical processes, it takes minerals from the earth brought to it by the tree's root and sap system, then "mixes" those minerals with sunlight to produce "food" which the tree uses to stay alive and grow. This process comes to a halt during what we know as fall foliage.

Shorter daylight hours trigger chemical reactions in every leaf on a tree. Less sunshine each day means at some point chlorophyll can no longer convert enough sunlight and minerals into energy for a tree to continue growing. Plant chemistry senses this change, which in turn triggers other chemical events in the tree. Sap, which is to a tree what blood is to a human, begins to drain out of the trunk and branches where it is stored in the tree's roots for the winter.The tree begins to go dormant.

Chlorophyll continues to drain out with the sap. As it does highly specialized "gate keeper" cells at the base of the leaf stem start to close off sap flow to the leaf. As chlorophyll drains out, and no new sap comes into the leaf, many other chemicals are left behind in the leaf itself, drying into the colors we see. Eventually all the chemicals either evaporate or drain out of the leaf at the end of the peak color period, then the leaf falls to the ground all brown and dry.

The rate at which this complex chemical process occurs is entirely dependent upon fall weather conditions. Like baking a cake, the right ingredients in the right amounts must mix together in the right amount of heat. Too little or too much of any one ingredient, too little or too much heat, and the cake  is not so good.

It would take an entire book to explain all the chemical processes involved. To keep things simple all one needs to know is that sunshine levels and temperature control what chemicals drain out of leaves and which ones remain, and how fast the whole thing happens. This is why it is impossible to predict what fall color qualitity and quanity will be more than a few days in advance. While we know what TIME of year color will happen, we cannot say what the color quality will be.

Details To Guidelines
#1 | # 2 | # 3 | # 4 | # 5

 

dot.gif (43 bytes)
1997 to the present by The Ozark Mountains Website, Inc. DBA 2Cooleys.Com. All rights reserved. No part of this presentation may be used or reproduced in any media for any reason without first obtaining written permission from Ozark Mountains Website, Inc. This includes, but is not limited to photographs, parts of photographs, and all text. The act of using any photograph, or any part of any photograph, or any text in this Web site, by any private or commercial party who has not first received written use permission from Ozark Mountains Website, Inc., shall automatically be construed to be an act of that party's agreement to pay a use fee of $1,000 per each use occurrence to Ozark Mountains Website, Inc.
8 9 1