Fall Colors

As green chlorophyll fades from trees and plants each autumn, other pigments color the Earth’s landscapes. Satellites take leaf-peeping to a whole new level.

Leaf Hunting in Japan
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Leaf Hunting in Japan

Momijiari can last into early December in the country’s southern regions.

Published Nov 30, 2021

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Falling For Corn
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Falling For Corn

More than one third of the world’s maize (corn) crop is grown in the United States, and the largest share comes from a swath of land across the Midwest.

Published Nov 4, 2021

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Russia’s Golden Autumn
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Russia’s Golden Autumn

Primorsky Krai, in the Russian Far East, displays some of the planet’s most striking fall color.

Published Oct 22, 2021

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Autumn in Sault Ste. Marie
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Autumn in Sault Ste. Marie

The oldest city in North America’s Great Lakes region is surrounded by areas of stunning seasonal color.

Published Oct 11, 2021

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Painting Pennsylvania Hills
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Painting Pennsylvania Hills

The region of rolling hills and valleys is part of a geologic formation known as the Ridge and Valley Province.

Published Nov 28, 2020

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Fall Color in Ottawa
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Fall Color in Ottawa

Trees have long been cherished here for timber and for the colors they bring to “the Fall Rhapsody.”

Published Oct 24, 2020

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Winter is Coming
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Winter is Coming

Long blue shadows on the snow portend frigid days ahead in this far eastern corner of Siberia.

Published Oct 21, 2020

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Superior Fall Colors
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Superior Fall Colors

In autumn, the leaves on deciduous trees change colors as they lose chlorophyll, the molecule that plants use to synthesize food.

Published Sep 29, 2020

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Before the Leaves Fall
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Before the Leaves Fall

Beneath a collection of contrails, colorful foliage spreads across a mountain landscape in the eastern U.S.

Published Nov 2, 2019

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A Transylvanian Transect for Halloween
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A Transylvanian Transect for Halloween

ICESat-2 collected some perspective on the legendary landscape of Vlad and Dracula.

Published Oct 31, 2019

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Massive Muddy Tides in the Bay of Fundy
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Massive Muddy Tides in the Bay of Fundy

High tides in the funnel-shaped bay are anything but a bore when they collide with river water flowing in the opposite direction.

Published Oct 28, 2019

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Autumn Along the Amur
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Autumn Along the Amur

Orange and yellow foliage paint the banks of this river in the Russian Far East.

Published Oct 10, 2019

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Mountains of Fall Color
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Mountains of Fall Color

Leaves are changing color along the Carpathian Mountains in Romania.

Published Oct 20, 2018

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Autumn Comes to Ogden
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Autumn Comes to Ogden

Deciduous trees in northern Utah paint the mountains in shades of red, orange, yellow, and purple.

Published Oct 15, 2018

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Check Out These Colors, Maine!
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Check Out These Colors, Maine!

In October, the state transitions form north to south with vibrant displays of peak autumn foliage.

Published Oct 22, 2017

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A Blaze of Color in Alaska
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A Blaze of Color in Alaska

Changing deciduous trees and shrubs came together with evergreens to make this spectacular fall scene.

Published Oct 8, 2017

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Contrasting Ridges in Virginia
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Contrasting Ridges in Virginia

Despite being quite close to each other, two mountain ridges in western Virginia have very different origins.

Published Mar 15, 2017

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A Blaze of Yellow
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A Blaze of Yellow

In northern Sweden, bursts of fall color fill valleys before the darkness of winter descends.

Published Oct 22, 2016

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Fall Color Arrives in the U.S. and Canada
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Fall Color Arrives in the U.S. and Canada

Leaves change from green to orange and brown across the United States and Canada.

Published Oct 15, 2015

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Fall Colors in Eastern Siberia
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Fall Colors in Eastern Siberia

As temperatures cool, deciduous trees in Siberia are making their annual transformation.

Published Sep 12, 2015

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Fall Colors Arriving
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Fall Colors Arriving

A process that occurs on a micro scale in trees shows up on a macro scale in satellite imagery.

Published Sep 30, 2014

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Fall Colors in Pennsylvania
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Fall Colors in Pennsylvania

Cooler temperatures and shorter days have transformed Pennsylvania’s forests.

Published Oct 30, 2013

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Fall Colors in the Mid-Atlantic
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Fall Colors in the Mid-Atlantic

Fall colors swept across the Mid-Atlantic during October 2012.

Published Oct 26, 2012

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From Green to Brown
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From Green to Brown

In a span of just 11 days, fall colors swept over the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Siberia.

Published Oct 4, 2012

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A Kamchatkan Autumn
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A Kamchatkan Autumn

Autumn provides a colorful backdrop for the erupting Sheveluch volcano in this remarkably cloud-free view of Kamchatka taken on October 16.

Published Oct 20, 2011

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Birthday Wishes for Shenandoah National Park
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Birthday Wishes for Shenandoah National Park

Americans celebrate the 75th anniversary of Shenandoah National Park, just 75 miles from Washington, DC, but worlds away in spirit.

Published Jun 25, 2011

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Fall Colors in the Allegheny Mountains
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Fall Colors in the Allegheny Mountains

Brilliant orange leaves paint the mountains of northern Pennsylvania in this natural-color image acquired on October 13, 2010.

Published Oct 16, 2010

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Snowy Peaks and Fall Colors in Alaska
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Snowy Peaks and Fall Colors in Alaska

This natural-color image shows a combination of snow capped peaks, glaciers, and changing vegetation north of Anchorage, Alaska on September 20, 2010.

Published Sep 30, 2010

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Late Fall in the Adirondack Mountains
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Late Fall in the Adirondack Mountains

The red and orange tones of autumn had faded to brown in the mountains of New York and Vermont when this true color image was taken on November 8, 2009. The contrast between the green and gold valleys and brown mountains help reveal the unique geography of the region.

Published Nov 14, 2009

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Fall Colors the Caucasus Mountains
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Fall Colors the Caucasus Mountains

Fall color highlights the rugged topography of the Caucasus Mountain Ranges and surrounding lowlands on November 9, 2008.

Published Nov 11, 2008

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