Fifth Blog Of The 2023 Progression Of Fall Colors In Middletown, CT.

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Fall Has arrived once again in Connecticut, which means it is time for me to begin my Progression Of Fall Colors series I started eleven years ago.  This is a series I hoped to continue for many years, and have been able to do so far, though this year may prove to be a little challenging. The first two years the pictures were of a farm which is only about a minute walk from my house.  Nine years ago I decided to change the location for the 2014 Progression Of Fall Color Series to a lake about 5 minutes from my house on RT17.  I tried that location for two years, but the colors were not as good as I expected them to be.  So seven years ago I decided to change locations again to a site at Lyman's Orchards in Middlefield, CT.  But once again that site did not produce the colors I had hoped for, so three year ago I decided to keep it simple and do my Progression of Fall Colors blog in my back yard. Last year I decided to change locations again, but even though the colors were good, it was not what I expected.

This year because of some time constraints due to my wife's health, I wasn't able to scope out a different sight, so I have decided to do this year's progression of Fall colors once again of my backyard again.  The colors in the past have been good in this location, but I will consider a different locations next year.

The first picture for this year's Progression Of Fall Colors series was taken four weeks ago just as the colors were starting to change.  The second picture was taken a week later, and as you can see a few of the trees showed a little change, but nothing significant.  However, the third picture taken two week ago, shows a more significant change in color, and the colors were much brighter than the week before. 

Last week I expected the trees to start to loss some of their leaves and color, but nothing like what happened.  We had lots of rain and some wind early in the week.  As you can see from both the 4th and 5th pictures below, the change was significant not only from the previous week, but even more so from the beginning of that week to the end of the week.  The beginning of the week started out like what I expected the change to be for this week, but in just a few days the rain and the wind cause the trees to not only to  loss many of their leave, but a significant loss in color as well.  This means we got to enjoy the gorgeous Fall colors for just a short period of time this year.

This week the rapid loss of leaves continued witch is very noticeable in the feature photo above and the last two pictures below.  This change in both color and loss of leaves was just within a 5 day period.  Even though there are still some leaves on the trees, they will very likely be mostly gone by this time next week, and our foliage season will be at an end.  

I am thankful we had some excellent colors this year, however, we got to only enjoy them for a very short time.   I hoping we have the same quality of colors next year, but hopefully get to enjoy them a little longer than we did this year.  

Fall is a beautiful time of the year in New England, and even though the last couple of years have been better than the some of the earlier years of this series, they still have not had the pop I have been looking for.  I have become spoiled by the beautiful colors we normally see during the Fall, so I am hoping this year the colors are truly outstanding.  My favorite colors are the trees with yellow, orange, and rust color leafs when they blend together.  

Anyone planning to come to New England to enjoy our Fall colors at their peak, should plan on coming between the last two weeks in October to the beginning of November.  It is still to early to get a feel for what the colors will be like this year, but I will be trying to show the progression of the trees as they turn colors throughout the Fall. 

Fall Has Arrived and now is almost all gone In Middletown, Connecticut.  I hope you have enjoyed following my series of the change in Fall colors starting this year.  I will do most likely do one more blog in this series this year showing what this site looks like once the trees has lost all their leaves.




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Comments (12)

Dennis Neal
RE/MAX, Big Bear - Big Bear Lake, CA
Your Home Sold in 21 Days or We Sell It For Free

I lived in New England for a short time as a kid. The colors are spectacular.

Thanks for sharing.

Nov 04, 2023 02:13 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi George Souto - You really do get some great bright red colors.  Our color is just starting.  It will be during the holidays when the leaves fall. 

Nov 04, 2023 03:12 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening George,

I have enjoyed following your series of the change in Fall colors in Middleton CT this year and the past 11 years! Love the brilliant color of your's a treat to see!. 

Nov 04, 2023 05:32 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Wow- George- blink and they're gone!  But you still have gorgeous colors there. In fact I've seen nothing that comes close to that in our area!!!!

Nov 04, 2023 05:37 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Your part of the country seems to enjoy more colorful leaves in fall, George.  I had a friend here in Sacramento, who flew to New England a few years ago, to experience your colors.

Nov 04, 2023 07:54 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

LOVE the colors, George and I agree with Myrl Jeffcoat that you all have THE most brilliant colors in your neck of the woods. I always enjoy you sharing the changes with us each year.

Nov 04, 2023 10:17 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

We had enough rain to keep the trees in moisture and they rewarded us with their burst of color this fall.

Nov 05, 2023 04:30 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It looks like most of the leaves on the trees are gone, but I still see great color on the bushes!

Nov 05, 2023 05:23 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Wow, George... you lost a ton of leaves in just a week! :( I always love the red and orange colors most.

Nov 05, 2023 05:53 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848

How lovely George! It's nice you do this yearly. 

Nov 06, 2023 07:46 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

It seems like you picked a great spot this year, George Souto. You can really see the progression of colors.

I hope I will not see a frozen mustache this winter 

Nov 06, 2023 02:00 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi George:

This 5th post really revealed a dramatic shift in the colors, AND the leaves on the ground. At least there is none of the white stuff yet.

Thank you again for another installment of your blog progression series!


Nov 09, 2023 12:46 PM