Color, comeliness and chemistry: Jeju autumn leaves

dsc04560Autumn is well underway in Jeju with the trees having changed into rich, dark hues of red, yellow and browns.

Hiking around the island — and up Hallasan Mountain — is not only spectacular, but also quite comfortable given daytime temperatures reaching the low- to mid-teens.

If Hallasan is on your radar, now is the perfect time to view and photograph Jeju’s falling leaves and take in its fresh, crisp mountain air.

Did you know?

There are seven trails in Hallasan National Park: Eorimok, Yeongsil, Seongpanak, Gwaneumsa, Donnaeko, Eoseungsaengak, and Seokgulam. For more information, consult the Hallasan National Park Website.

Please enjoy these recent shots from up on South Korea’s highest mountain, and by all means share some of your own with us via our social media accounts.

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Did you know?

The next time you see the turning of the leaves, consider this. Organic pigments like carotenoids are responsible for their bright yellows and oranges, whereas water-soluble pigments called anthocyanins appear red, blue or purple, depending on pH levels.

It’s a delicate balance, but depending on the species of plant, weather, soil composition and other factors, the leaves may take on a yellow, yellow-green, red, brown or orangish hue. 

It’s certainly not as simple as it looks!

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