Don’t be a sap. I have been a sap all my life. I’ve always kind of shrugged it off when I was called a sap. No one ever told me what it meant. To me, I just accepted the fact that I was a sap.
According to Urban Dictionary, the word “sap” is rarely a good thing. You can be sapped of your energy. If someone calls you a sap it can suggest lack of strength and character. Man, that’s harsh. Sap is also an acronym for Systems, Applications and Products. That’s boring. For me, if you call me a sap, I go personal with it. I’ve been a sap all my life and will be a sap until the day I die.
Sap is an acronym for Scott Allen Paris. Thanks Mom. Not your fault, Mom. You couldn’t think of all these things.
On the brighter side of things, sap is the lifeblood of a tree. You can say that the blood flowing through our bodies is sap. And for that matter, the oxygen we breath could be sap.
So, what is sap? Have you ever thought about it much? The sap of a tree consists primarily of water, hormones, minerals and nutrients. And, yes, like everything in life, there is sugar. Sap is the fluid that transports nutrients around the tree.
Most tree saps are either bitter or poisonous. Next time you drizzle maple syrup on your waffles remember it comes from a tree. Pine sap is highly flammable and it makes turpentine. Thanks Nature for giving us turpentine.
So, what makes leaves red or turn color for that matter? Weather certainly affects color intensity. Temperature, light, water supply. All these things have an influence. Rain or overcast tend to increase fall colors. As the seasons change from summer to winter amazing chemical changes take place. During the spring and summer the leaves serve as factories, where the foods necessary for the tree are produced. The food making process takes place within the leaves in cells containing chlorophyll. This extraordinary chemical absorbs from sunlight the energy that transforms carbon dioxide and water to carbohydrates such as sugars and starch.
In a leaf there are oranges, yellows and reds that are masked by great amounts of green coloring. As the chlorophyll (the green color) breaks down, the unmasking of the colors underneath unfolds. Nature’s paint pallet. That’s about as simple as I can make it. Anything beyond this explanation, I’m afraid you’re just going to tune out.