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Rising Fall

Pennwood State Park, Connecticut

A Shagbark Hickory tree pushes to the sky in its final autumnal display before dropping its leaves. The dramatic coloring of the leaves is the result of their losing their seasonal supply of chlorophyll, a pigment used to absorb sunshine. Shagbark Hickory trees, in addition to producing excellent nuts, provided Native Americans with wood sufficient for smoking meat and making bows.

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