Tree leaves are nature's food factories
Spring's increasing sunlight and warming temperatures have stirred last summer's tree buds to form fresh green leaves. Within these marvels of nature are green- and other-pigmented chemicals that absorb the violet and blue wave lengths of sunlight. This light energy is mysteriously hidden in chemical bonds that tie together atoms into glucose, the energy-rich sugar formed by plants. Carbon dioxide from the air and water and minerals from the soil are consumed by these leaf factories and oxygen and water are by-products that diffuse into the air. Photosynthesis is the name given to this marvelous use of sunlight and generation of life-giving oxygen.
"These are a few of my favorite things" ( with apologies)
Sing to the tune: "These are few of my favorite things"
Words by : Sharon Fisk
Birch with leafminers and scale on the maple
These are a few of my favorite things
When the bug bites
Black spot on roses and spruce galls on my trees
These are the things that are precious to me.