A splash of color on the Internet for fall
October 23, 1997
Web posted at: 10:55 p.m. EDT (0255 GMT)
From CNN Interactive writer David Mandeville
(CNN) -- The Internet is showing its fall colors. As the seasons turn, people all over the Northern Hemisphere are dressing up their pages in autumn splendor.
Rich reds, yellows, and browns
Take a look at these Nice Autumn Leaves for instance. These come from Simon's Web, a page created by Internet consultant and writer Simon Bisson. Among other things, Bisson reviews science fiction, writes about technology, and scans in the gold and scarlet offerings of the trees around Shepton Mallet in Britain.
Or take a look at these pictures of temples in Kyoto, Japan. Taken in the fall, they show the gorgeous foliage in the surrounding gardens. The site's creator encourages you to learn Japanese if you want to learn more about the site. Maybe I will, but for now I'm happy to just look at the pictures.
Be aware, this site's server was refusing connections last time I checked it. If you have trouble getting to it, try later. The pictures really are worth it.
Brilliant flashes of color
Leaves aren't the only color in fall, and the 'Net doesn't leave out those who live south of the color line.
Migrations have also begun, bringing flashes of colored feathers out of their summer ranges and into the southern autumn warmth. You can follow them with the National Audubon Society, a birdwatcher's must providing handy migration guides, tips, and environmental information.
Birds aren't the only things worth seeing, either. Insects are also making their southern journey, among them the monarch butterfly. You can join the folks at Learner for the Symbolic Monarch Butterfly Migration, 1997. They're joining thousands of schoolchildren in Canada and the United States in building paper butterflies and sending them to schools in Mexico. Next spring, the kids in Mexico will send them back when the monarchs return to their summer homes. The October 10 deadline for sending along your own butterfly is already past, but keep it in mind for next year and spend the intervening time learning a lot more about butterflies.
So grab a cup of something warm and enjoy these sights. Winter and snow aren't far behind -- unless, of course, you're in the Southern Hemisphere. If you are, shut off your computer and go outside to enjoy the spring.