October 29, 2008
We don't usually dream of a white Halloween in New England, but some parts of Connecticut actually got snow last night! We only had rain, but it was enough to bring down plenty of leaves, and in this final look at the view outside my window, you can see that only a few touches of late-season gold remain.
Although I always hate to bid foliage season good-bye, I have wonderful memories of the splendid fall colors I observed over Columbus Day Weekend and of the amusing and amazing hay art sculptures I saw in Killington, Vermont, which will be on display for the next month or so. If you missed seeing New England's fall splendor for yourself this year, be sure to plan ahead for a 2009 New England fall foliage trip. Thanks for sharing this season with me!
October 22, 2008
Although there are still patches of color to see, the leaves are starting to give up the ghost here in central Connecticut. My first grader told me she saw a "leaf hurricane" as she rode home on the bus one windy afternoon last week. The combination of cold nights, light rain and wind over the past few days has really altered the view outside my window. As you can see, the trees are starting to bare their lower branches, and only the most stubborn green, gold and rust leaves remain.
October 15, 2008
The colors of fall have definitely arrived! The show outside my window is so stunning this week that it's a distraction. Temperatures this week have been mild again, although colder weather is on the horizon for the weekend. Bundle up if you're headed to New England to see the vibrant colors that linger in the southern part of the region.
October 8, 2008
I'm not sure if we actually got frost last night, but there was certainly the threat, and we fired up our wood pellet stove for the first time. Although daytime temperatures remain mild, cold overnight snaps are certainly accelerating the pace of fall foliage color change in Connecticut this year. As you can see in this view outside my window, there's still a solid green canopy, but the leaves have thinned a bit, and the coppers and golds the trees to the rear of my yard are sporting are more pronounced. Leaf peepers headed this way for the Columbus Day holiday weekend should be in for a good show.
September 30, 2008
It's still early in the season, but the colors of autumn are coming on strong here in central Connecticut. There are new splashes of red in my view this week, and on a trip to southeastern Connecticut last weekend, I saw richer fall color than I anticipated with the calendar still displaying September. Weekend rains sent a few leaves tumbling to the ground, but most trees still sport full crowns. It's going to be a spectacular weekend to be in the Northeast, with forecasts calling for bright, sunny days and cold nights.
September 23, 2008
A faint touch of tangerine has emerged in the view outside my window this week. Our weather has started to cool at night, but days are still sunny and bright. These are optimal conditions that usually result in brilliant fall colors. While the landscape here in Connecticut is still predominantly green, a few trees are definitely showing us a preview of what's "coming soon."
September 17, 2008
I'm thrilled to be sharing the view outside my window for the tenth year as New England's annual parade of autumn colors steps off. I've received many emails over the past decade from students, displaced New Englanders and other fall foliage fanatics who eagerly anticipate each week's new image. As you will see from this first photo from the 2008 fall foliage season, my view is still primarily green, although there are definitely a few golden touches in my view. A few trees here in Connecticut are showing off their colors early, but most won't start to change in earnest for several weeks still. Hurricane Hanna sent a few leaves flying to the ground earlier this month, but trees still look lush and healthy, and I'm predicting that we're in for a spectacular foliage season.
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