If you’re like me, and you are from the tropics; then Fall in the North East is nothing short of a Hollywood movie set. The only caveat is, there’s no separation between art and patron. Which is why the Fall, without a doubt, is my most favorite continental American season.
As a child, I naturally took to densely forested areas. My hometown, in St. Catherine, Jamaica (a rural, but modern town, as my uncle would always say) was my initial playing field. This is where my interest in nature first began. And…I was also the hugest fan of Captain Planet.
So fast forward 14 years, and here I am, smack dab in the middle of the insomniac city, the great NYC. And one would believe that my connection to nature was atrophied; quite the opposite. My affinity towards nature has only grown.
However, for those of us non-NCYers, its not particularly easy to prepare oneself for its Fall. The reality is, summer has officially come to an end; the long road ahead until 12 hours of daylight is the norm has just begun. Some call this the End of the Summer Blues. I call it delta waves. But no need losing sleep to an insomniac city. Lets disarm it.
The Science of the Fall:
One of the most obvious signs that the Fall season has arrived in NYC, is the variation of leaf pigments. Chlorophyll, the molecule responsible for reflecting green light in plants is reabsorbed by the plant, and is stored, until Springs beckoning.
Carotenoid, which is the pigment associated with reflecting the yellow or orange pigments we observe during early Fall, is expressed primarily after the chlorophyll pigment is mostly absorbed. And lastly, anthocyanin, which is the pigment responsible for reflecting the red and purple pigments; are mostly produced during the final stages of the phyto-photochemical reabsorption initiative.
The following graph represents a dilettantes’ attempt at representing leaf pigmentation throughout NYC seasons.
Health and Nutrition During the Fall:
Red or Purple Cabbage which is rich in anthocyanin pigments; is widely reported to assist in the holistic effort to decrease potential inflammatory and harmful human diseases. I therefore implore you to include Red cabbage in your diet, at least during the Fall Season. Due to the angle of the sun, and the total hours of sun exposure during the Fall, anthocyanin producing plants is at its peak.