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Autumn Views from Central Connecticut: 2003 Archive

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On what dates will the fall leaves be at their best? It's the question on everybody's mind as autumn arrives each year in New England. For a sense of how the leaves changed week to week in 2003, click on these links for images of the view outside my window in Central Connecticut.

November 5, 2003
As we take our last look for the season at the view outside my window on a drizzly New England day, you'll see that the trees are mostly bare, with just a few dead leaves waiting morbidly for the next strong breeze. All that's left of the fall foliage season here in Connecticut is the raking! Autumn may be winding down, but there is always something enticing here in New England. Think ahead to Thanksgiving, and plan a visit or a celebration at home with some old-fashioned New England touches.

October 28, 2003
A few golden leaves are still hanging on. The fall color in Connecticut is becoming patchy, but it's still not completely gone.

October 21, 2003
It's turned out to be a bit of an odd fall foliage season here in central Connecticut. As you can see from this photo, some trees are completely bare, some are still almost completely green and some are in between. We're headed into the fourth week of October, and there are still colors to see... and possibly more to come.

October 14, 2003
The color is finally starting to really pop here in central Connecticut. Keep your fingers crossed that the rain forecast for the next few days doesn't bring down too many leaves.

October 8, 2003
There's a small smattering of orange in my view now, but most of the trees are still being stubborn. It looks like we're in for a long and late fall foliage season again here in southern New England.

October 1, 2003
It's October! Though the trees in the foreground of my view are still steadfastly green, if you look very carefully around the center of this photo, you'll see that there are just a few hints of color in some of the trees in the distance. Fall is just beginning its annual dance here in Connecticut.

September 24, 2003
As you can see, there are still really no signs of color in my view here in central Connecticut. One thing you might notice is that the leaves are just a tad sparser than they were last week, thanks to yesterday's windy rainstorms--not to Hurricane Isabel, which was a non-event here in New England.

September 17, 2003
Here in central Connecticut, everything is still very green, though I do see a few small signs of color as I drive around. My understanding is that these "early changers" are distressed trees. Though there isn't any color to show in my view, I thought I'd provide a baseline at this point just in case Hurricane Isabel has any impact on the lushness of the foliage. High winds have been known to do damage to the foliage season before it even begins. At this point, though, it looks as though the hurricane's biggest impact will be south of us.

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2002 Outside My Window Archive
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2001 Outside My Window Archive
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2000 Outside My Window Archive
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