While we were away, at the beginning of week, the leaves on our mystery tree began to change color. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, click here to go back to Fall Science Part Two, or Part Three.
We were quite happy to see we weren't too far off with our predictions, for the fall colors. First, we had thought the leaves would be orange, or possibly even brownish. Then, we modified that to a golden orange, and that is where we stayed.
The leaves are a golden orange, though perhaps more streaked with color than we thought they would be. Below is a picture of the some of the leaves by a yellow, aspen leaf, to give you a better idea of the color.
Of course, after we identified the tree as a boxelder tree (a type of maple, that has leaves that look somewhat like an ash tree), I had looked it up, and found the leaves can turn anything from yellow, to orange, depending on the weather (more rain, more yellow), or soil conditions.
I have to say this series of experiments, and trying to use them to predict unknown results, has been a lot of fun. You can find more science related fun, at this week's Science Sunday link-up, at Adventure's in Mommydom.
It's great to be a homeschooler.