November 3, 2010
Ah, New England weather! Last week, temperatures were in the 70s in Connecticut. This morning, I woke up to frost for the second straight day. With temperatures dropping into the 20s at night, most of the leaves have given up the fight. The change in my view is dramatic this week, but even though the trees are showing their bones, there's still a touch of color to remind me of why I love this season so. If you missed seeing New England's fall splendor this year, be sure to plan ahead for a 2011 New England fall foliage trip. Thanks for sharing this season with me!
October 26, 2010
It's a glorious Indian Summer day in Connecticut with temperatures topping 75 degrees! Amazingly, there are quite a few golden-hued leaves hanging on in my backyard, and the view is still awfully impressive for this late in the foliage season. I usually end my annual "Outside My Window" series during the last week of October, but, since the leaves don't seem to want to say "adieu," I'll be back next week with one final view.
October 20, 2010
I shot the view of my backyard from a slightly different angle this week to show you that my husband has been busy stacking wood: a sure sign that winter is closer than I want to believe! On the bright side, squirrels in these parts seem to be taking their sweet time hording away acorns this year, so we're hoping they know something we don't about mild winter weather ahead. As you can see from this image, trees are beginning to shed their gilded leaves. Still, even though fall foliage may be a bit past peak here in central Connecticut, there are enchanting autumn colors to enjoy.
October 13, 2010
The fall foliage is nearly at peak in my view this week! We've had some very cold nights--temperatures were only in the mid-30s when I woke up this morning--and that's really caused colors to pop here in central Connecticut. It's hard to focus on my computer screen when the alternative is to gaze at this golden scene.
October 6, 2010
The view outside my window has been soggy and dreary, but there's bright news ahead after three days of incessant rain. For starters, as I predicted last week, the annual autumn color progression seems to have slowed a bit here in Connecticut. And, once this low-pressure system moves through, it sets New England up for sunny, superb Columbus Day Weekend leaf peeping weather.
September 29, 2010
After two days of alternating downpours and drizzle, skies are blue here in Connecticut, and as you can see, the colors of fall are really starting to come on. Forecasters say we'll pick up another inch or two of rain tomorrow and Friday morning before skies clear for a spectacular autumn weekend. Although rain causes some leaves to drop, it's really a good thing. After the dry summer we had in Connecticut, this burst of moisture may help trees hold their leaves longer.
September 22, 2010
Tomorrow is the first day of fall, and there are distinct touches of fall color in my view this week. Even though temperatures are forecasted to reach the mid-80s today, this morning was crisp, cool and bright, and as I drove the four miles to my old office, I spotted a patch of leaves so saturated with red color that it made me gasp. All these years of leaf peeping, and I still find autumn in New England breathtaking... and all too brief.
September 15, 2010
It's my twelfth year of sharing weekly photos of the view outside my window with fall foliage fanatics around the globe, and I'm more excited than ever. That's because I have a brand new view! In June, we bought a remodeled and expanded 1880 farmhouse on an acre and a quarter, and we finally managed to move in before school started. My new office--in a separate building--is newly painted, and I'll be racing the leaves this year as I set up shop in my spacious digs. Fortunately, the scene is still very green here in Connecticut, although my daughter and I have already pressed a few pretty leaves to mail to folks who've requested free leaves. It was an extraordinarily hot and fairly dry summer, but the weather has turned suddenly cool, so we may see colors emerging on the early side. Stay tuned!
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