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Embrace Change

The Inland Northwest reignites each fall in a whirlwind display of color.

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Spokane’s John A. Finch Arboretum becomes a playground for Quinn, 10, and her younger siblings over the weekend. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Spokane‚Äôs John A. Finch Arboretum becomes a playground for Quinn, 10, and her younger siblings over the weekend.

Photos by Young Kwak

As the air turns brisk and the days grow short, the Inland Northwest reignites each autumn in a whirlwind display of reds, yellows and oranges. Though it may seem a bright flash of festive decadence, research indicates the changing leaves only reveal their true colors. Throughout the steady photosynthesis of summer days, deciduous trees manufacture high levels of chlorophyll, saturating the leaves in their deep green pigments. As the trees hunker in for winter, nutrient production drops off and the chlorophyll burns up, exposing the underlying fall palette. Such honesty seems rare, so may we all take comfort in the naked embrace of the coming cold. ♦

Mike Coe cleans his yard near Lincoln Park. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Mike Coe cleans his yard near Lincoln Park.
Desiree Azizi, right, and her 1-year-old daughter Talaiya have their photograph taken by friend Cayla Bowers. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Desiree Azizi, right, and her 1-year-old daughter Talaiya have their photograph taken by friend Cayla Bowers.
Aya VanCurler, right, takes a photo of a ginkgo tree as her 10 year old son Taichi, left, and 7 year old son Kai look on, at John A. Finch Arboretum. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Aya VanCurler, right, takes a photo of a ginkgo tree as her 10 year old son Taichi, left, and 7 year old son Kai look on, at John A. Finch Arboretum.
Donna Scheunemann picks up ginkgo leaves to add to a dining table centerpiece at John A. Finch Arboretum. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Donna Scheunemann picks up ginkgo leaves to add to a dining table centerpiece at John A. Finch Arboretum.
Tawny Hooley, right, walks her 3 year old Red Heeler/Australian Shepherd mix Pendleton, as Jessica Bailey walks her 2 year old Border Collie Chloe at Manito Park. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Tawny Hooley, right, walks her 3 year old Red Heeler/Australian Shepherd mix Pendleton, as Jessica Bailey walks her 2 year old Border Collie Chloe at Manito Park.
Justin Tolleson pushes his 2 year old son Derek on a swing as their 1 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix Tank plays nearby at Lincoln Park. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Justin Tolleson pushes his 2 year old son Derek on a swing as their 1 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix Tank plays nearby at Lincoln Park.
Lindsay Matern jogs by Lincoln Park. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Lindsay Matern jogs by Lincoln Park.

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