"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
- Albert Camus, French philosopher and writer
Why do trees lose their leaves in fall? This is a survival mechanism that helps the tree to endure cold winter weather. As cold weather approaches, special cells called cork cells grow at the base of the leaves, cutting off their water supply. The tree reabsorbs nutrients and stores them in the roots for the next year. Sturdy trunks and branches are not damaged by ice and freezing temperatures as leaves would be. Also, the absence of leaves helps the tree's flowers to achieve pollination in the spring.
Did you know? Deciduous trees shed their leaves in fall, but evergreen trees do not. Most deciduous trees have thin, flat leaves. Even in parts of the world that stay warm year round, there are deciduous trees that shed their leaves to weather the dry season.
Viewing the bright autumn colors has become a pastime in many parts of the world. In Japan, it is called koyo, while in the United States and Canada, it is known as "leaf peeping." Some people travel great distances just to see beaming reds and vibrant yellows.
Would you like to draw a colorful autumn tree? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step tree drawing guide. All you will need is a pencil and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to use crayons, colored pencils, markers, or other tools to add vivid hues to your drawing.
1. Begin by drawing a large "V" shape using long, curved lines. Notice that the sides of the "V" are not straight, but wavy. Draw a short, curved line extending from one side of the "V." This forms the basic outline of the tree's branches.
2. Draw another set of long, curved lines. The lines should by parallel to one another below the "V," then diverge to follow the contours of the "V" shape before meeting the lines of the "V" in sharp points. Draw several short, curved, overlapping lines to enclose the bottom of the figure. This forms the trunk of the tree.
3. Draw curved lines of various lengths extending from the upper branches. Allow some of the lines to branch further, using shorter curved lines.
4. Using two lines, draw another wide branch extending from the tree's trunk. Then, draw additional small branches using curved lines.
5. Not all of the leaves have fallen yet. Draw leaves lining all of the tree's branches. For each leaf, use two short, curved lines, attached to the branch on one end and meeting in a gentle point at the other.
6. Draw a bushy, leafy mass behind the detailed leaves just drawn. Enclose the irregular shape using short, curved lines, allowing this to meet in jagged points.
7. Give the tree some ground to stand on. Draw a horizon line using short short strokes. Draw leaves falling from the tree. For each leaf, enclose a small teardrop-like shape.
8. Fill in any bare spots with additional branches, twigs, and leaves. Texture and detail the trunk using curved lines of various lengths.
9. Draw a second horizon line beyond the first. Texture the ground with curved and wavy lines, and sketch a few fallen leaves laying on the ground.
10. Color your fall tree. Will it be golden yellow or copper, red orange or brown? The choice is yours.
Why stop there? You can draw a whole forest of trees, complete with detailed leaves and friendly woodland animals.
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