Photo Diary


Inthe first week the tree was green and lush with very few yellowleaves. Nevertheless, there were plenty of leaves. It seemed welltaken care of, very robust and had a natural appeal. In the secondand third week it was still the same way, having only shed a smallnumber of leaves. One could only predict that it would only shed afew more then go back to being green and lush, but as the seasonproceeded this was not the case.

Itslowly shed more leaves as time went by, slowly at first, then as thedays went by one could notice the exponential decrease in its sizein terms of leaves. By the seventh week, the once very green and lushtree was now much leaner than it was before. In place of the manyleaves that were once there was just some empty branches creepinginto the sky. This is the case with all deciduous trees. By lookingat it one cannot tell that this tree is actually deciduous. This isbecause there is no way of telling until the fall reaches that onecan establish this fact.

Aftertaking the last picture of the last week I did a little more researchas to why they shed leaves during the fall and learnt that this ishow they survive harsh weather conditions. Most other plants that donot have such an adaptation would have died, but this particular typeof tree can survive without its foliage (Richard, 1996). This isdespite the fact that the leaves provide food for the tree.Nevertheless, the beautiful part of nature is how it can modifyitself to deal with changes in the environment.


Richards, P. (1996). The tropical rain forest an ecological study(2.nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.