Kentucky Fall Trees-Rebirth of Color in the Leaves

Wonderful information on the rebirth of color in the fall leaves and how this process is activated.

Oldham County Cooperative Extension Blog

Written by Billy Thomas, Extension Forester. Edited by Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

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Fall Tree Color in Kentucky

All summer they’ve remained hidden beneath a green cloak, but as fall continues, the parade of brilliant tree leaf colors will slowly put on a spectacular show across Kentucky.

The fall colors have been in leaves all along, but they were masked by chlorophyll, a green pigment that combines with sunlight to produce food for tree growth. It might surprise you to know that this rebirth of color is caused by fewer hours of daylight, not “Jack Frost.” A “chemical clock” activated by shorter days tells trees to shut down chlorophyll production in preparation for winter. Trees then use chlorophyll faster than it’s produced. This removes the green mask, and the brilliant fall color show begins.

Fall color typically peaks in mid-to-late October. Due to Kentucky’s diverse climate and…

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KENTUCKY VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL HONORING HER FALLEN HEROES IN VIETNAM

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Frankfort, Kentucky is dedicated to the Kentuckians who died in the Vietnam war.  Vietnam War Memorial - CopyMy visit to this memorial was on a sunny Kentucky afternoon when you just want to get outside and do something.  The memorial is located in  a quiet, somber park-like setting with lots of room for parking and a beautiful view of the Kentucky capitol across the road.  There are deer all around and they don’t seem to mind visitors to the spot.  Capitol from Memorial - CopyThe sundial located in the middle of the memorial is elegant and amazing.  The  granite plaza of the Memorial contains the names of Kentucky’s 1103 citizens who died. Each name is located so the shadow of the sundial pointer touches each veteran’s name on the anniversary of his death. Thus, each individual is honored with a personal tribute. This is a very unique-one-of-a-kind memorial. If you enjoy history, you will love visiting this spot.  The tranquility, the incredible planning and unique design makes it such an interesting  place to visit.Veitnam Veterans Memorial2

Kentucky's Vietnam War Memorial

I have been to the memorial several times and it is never crowded unless there is a special event.  It will become one of your favorite places you have visited.  It is off the main highway and the views are lovely.  You will be totally fascinated with the architecture of this place and the serenity.  The fellow below even consented to pose for us on the way out!Deer - Copy - Copy

If you would like more information, please visit the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans website.

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CEDAR CREEK LAKE IN LINCOLN COUNTY

Cedar Creek Lake is a 762  acre fishing lake located between Stanford and Crab Orchard in Lincoln County.  IMG_5020This is the second largest state controlled lake in Kentucky and is stocked with bluegill, black crappie, channel catfish, large mouth bass and sunfish.  All trees and shrubs were left in the lake to provide a fisherman’s paradise.

A buffer zone surrounds the perimeter of the lake and there are 3 boat ramps that provide access to the lake.  There is no lodging at the lake and the nearest major city is Danville.

Cedar Creek Lake Outfitters, in Central Kentucky, one mile East of the dam on Hwy 150, is a full service bait and tackle shop, including live bait for your fishing needs. You can check them out here:  Cedar Creek Outfitters

Get the latest Cedar Creek Lake  fishing report by Randy Phillips:  Fishing Report

Check out the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife page for more information on this great lake.

Another great place to visit in our state of Kentucky and if you love fishing, you will probably love this lake.

Cedar Creek Lake, Stanford, Kentucky

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