an August evening on the High Line

August 8, 2015 |  Category:   life nyc



Golden hour. Good any time of year, but in summer? The light is stunning. The harsh shadows from the day dissipates to soft, warm light and the city glows as the sun bounces and reflects off buildings. Now that the High Line has finished its last phase of construction, the bend where it veers towards the Hudson before it wraps its way back down to street level is a great place to watch sunsets from the city. And we had a great sunset last Saturday.

When the sun went down, nobody wanted to go home. We hung around the High Line till the last bit of light, and even though we had already walked a couple of dozen city blocks, the girls wanted to walk around some more. We don’t go out at night too much, so city lights are still a bit of a novelty for the girls.

Watching the sunset that evening, I thought about how fast the summer is passing even though we still have a month left before school starts with many adventures still to go. But it’s hard to ignore all the Back to School signs and summer clearance sales at stores as they start to bring in Fall wardrobes. There’s that point in the season where you start inhaling all thing summer with a bit of urgency because you notice that the light is already changing and the days are getting shorter as we chip away at daylight a little bit everyday.

The girls are done with camp for the summer now so our daily rhythms will change again. This week we try and wrap things up before heading out of town as we always do in August. It’s usually a busy week for Mark as he scrambles to get everything done, usually at full speed right till we’re in a car headed for the airport. For me, it’s the same – more so now that I have a job. Although I’ll be taking some freelance work with me, vacations are that much more precious. See you on the other side.

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  • Joana August 8, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    These photos are amazing and I wish I was there!
    So jealous.

    Joana x
    Not In Cali

  • Tim McMurdo August 9, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Enjoy your family vacation. Summer sun and travel always seem to go together very well. I think of the combination as the perfect opportunity to suck up the warmth and light like a battery, only to release it, one ray at a time, in the upcoming grey months. Fill your batteries to the top.

  • Dee August 10, 2015 at 8:47 am

    I certainly understand the rush one feels with the end of summer on the horizon. My family tends to have laid back summers because with four kiddos, the school year can get super hectic. Enjoy your trip, Jenna.

  • marisa August 11, 2015 at 6:55 am

    I think August light is my favorite – the waning moments of summer. You capture it perfectly in these photos!

  • Helle August 14, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Wonderful photos. I don’t have kids so don’t know the stresses and priorities. But def also feel that summer is winding down, not that I mind terribly this year, it’s been a scorcher, way too hot and dry and not very bearable. Enjoy your vacation, hope you all, and especially Mia, enjoy the place she’d like to live in.