SPRING

Day Day One: Unlock the Mind for Blogging University 101. Spring is on my mind, so here are my thoughts on this great season!

P1020681It is so neat to have warmer temperatures. When I went out lately, I wear a jacket, much nicer than a heavy coat.

And the trees are in bloom, at least some of them. If I look close, I can see branches with buds of leaves on trees that look bare.  I have seen trees with red blossoms on them. Which brings me to the question: if  trees produce oxygen by photosynthesis, by means of green leaves, how do trees with no green leaves produce oxygen? Last summer, I saw a man standing near one of those red trees and I asked him my question, but he didn’t know. I have seen trees covered with white blossoms,  but if I looked closely, I could see green leaves hiding behind the white blossoms. I didn’t see any on red-blossom trees.

I am thankful that God sends spring after winter. Easter reminds me of that. After Jesus’ death, his resurrection, which means new life for us in Him. My life in my relationship with Him is sometimes, sad to say, like that of nature’s spring, up and down.  But I am thankful that He loves me and as I abide in Him, He changes me to be more like Himself. Then, I bear fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control (from Ephesians 5:22, 23).

Father, thanks for spring.

Thanks Blogging University.

 

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13 thoughts on “SPRING

  1. Your post was quite ‘stimulating’ in that I went and googled about photosynthesis in non-green leaf trees. Here’s what I found:

    A: Photosynthesis (which literally means “light put together”) is that very elegant chemical process that jump-started life as we know it some 4 billion years ago. So to answer your question, we’ll need a short chemistry lesson. Basically six molecules of water (H2O) plus six molecules of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the presence of light energy produce one molecule of glucose sugar (C6H12O6) and emit six molecules of oxygen (O2) as a by-product. That sugar molecule drives the living world. Animals eat plants, then breathe in oxygen, which is used to metabolize the sugar, releasing the solar energy stored in glucose and giving off carbon dioxide as a by-product. That’s life, in a nutshell.

    All photosynthesizing plants have a pigment molecule called chlorophyll. This molecule absorbs most of the energy from the violet-blue and reddish-orange part of the light spectrum. It does not absorb green, so that’s reflected back to our eyes and we see the leaf as green. There are also accessory pigments, called carotenoids, that capture energy not absorbed by chlorophyll. There are at least 600 known carotenoids, divided into yellow xanthophylls and red and orange carotenes. They absorb blue light and appear yellow, red, or orange to our eyes. Anthocyanin is another important pigment that’s not directly involved in photosynthesis, but it gives red stems, leaves, flowers, or even fruits their color.

    Many plants are selected as ornamentals because of their red leaves— purple smoke bush and Japanese plums and some Japanese maples, to name just a few. Obviously they manage to survive quite well without green leaves. At low light levels, green leaves are most efficient at photosynthesis. On a sunny day, however, there is essentially no difference between red and green leaves’ ability to trap the sun’s energy. I have noticed the presence of red in the new leaves of many Bay Area plants as well as in numerous tropical species. The red anthocyanins apparently prevent damage to leaves from intense light energy by absorbing ultraviolet light. There is also evidence that unpalatable compounds are often produced along with anthocyanins, which may be the plant’s way of advertising its toxicity to potential herbivores. So red-leaved plants get a little protection from ultraviolet light and send a warning to leaf-eating pests, but they lose a bit of photosynthetic efficiency in dimmer light.

    https://baynature.org/articles/photosynthesis-in-leaves-that-arent-green/ is the website I found it at.

    Thanks for such interesting thoughts about Nature!

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  2. Thank you for following my blog, that is quite a compliment! I, too, love Spring and especially the budding of trees. My favourite scent in the whole world is the scent of cottonwood budding in the Spring.
    BTW, I think (emphasis on the “think”) that red leaved trees have green photosynthesis cells in them but the red masts them.

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  3. Very nice. I’m also glad for Spring and the warmer weather. There’s nothing like being able to go outside in a light jacket and enjoy a day in the Sun. Just like you my relationship with Him is up and down as well. Sometimes you stumble and fall but it’s always nice knowing that no matter how far you fall He is always there to catch you and help you up again. Looking forward to more. 🙂

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  4. Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Many thanks, However I am encountering issues with your RSS.

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