Photo: How Vermont does Autumn

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The explanation for why autumn leaves put on such a display has to do with cooling weather and a drop in the chlorophyll that usually hides the other pigments of a leaf; the vivid colors were there all along, but green rules the roost as long as photosynthesis is happening. The result? Stunning vibrant trees ... and there are few better displays than the trees of Vermont, as photographed here by Elise Marks.

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