Wind Cave National Park
By: Nathan Munoz
Why The Leaves Fall
The grass and flower folk were in sad condition, for they had no protection from the sharp cold. Just when it seemed that there was no hope for living, he who looks after the things of his creation came to their aid. He said that the leaves of the trees should fall to the ground, spreading a soft, warm blanket over the tender roots of the grass and flowers. To repay the trees for the loss of their leaves, he allowed them one last bright array of beauty.
That is why, each year during Indian summer the trees take on their pretty farewell colors of red, gold, and brown. After this final display, they turn to their appointed task-covering the earth with a thick rug of warmth against the chill of winter.