storm king. in the fall. omg.

November 2, 2010 |  Category:   art + design life outings

Have you ever seen anything more wonderous than this display of Fall glory? I’m telling you, this is exactly what makes New England famous for its Fall foliage (although New York isn’t technically considered New England, is it? Eh, technicalities). You might remember our first trip to Storm King when Mia was in preschool 2 years ago. We vowed to go back soon, but we didn’t make it back until the kids’ preschool took their annual Storm King field trip, this time with Claudine as a student.

Yeah, it was pretty cold out, but the leaves, oh the leaves! I would gladly suffer through the chill to be surrounded by these leaves again. I think this time it trumped the art. NYC is only now just turning colors for real, but a few hours north it’s at its prime. It didn’t even look real, like movie set leaves with unreal colors. For contrast, here’s what Storm King looks like in May. It’s a totally different place.

(ps. I really like that more than half of the teachers at Claudine’s school are men (you can see 2 of them with her in the photo above). Some of them were Mia’s teachers as well (and now she’s got a male teacher in first grade this year too), but while Claudine’s been in toddler classes with some of the same male teachers, she made sure to never talk or make eye contact with them. For NEARLY 2 YEARS, sheesh. Needless to say, being in school has really helped her get over her shyness/fear of guys and she loves her teachers, all of them. Which you know, is a good thing because I totally envisioned her going through the whole school year ignoring and giving her guy teachers the cold shoulder.)

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  • elaineganmaclaine November 2, 2010 at 5:29 am

    wow love the autumn colours… A leafy day out i’m hoping to feel it live someday soon!

  • Renee Alam November 2, 2010 at 7:29 am

    I know this is weird, but it actually looks more alive in the fall than in the summer….those leaves are amazing!!! I really want to go there to that exact spot! It’s so beautiful! I can see why you like that place.I also wanted to tell you that I think you are very photogenic! I like your hat & fingerless gloves…those are my fave. Our leaves have changed colors a few weeks ago here in VA…I don’t think there is anything prettier than driving down a tree lined road in the fall…such beautiful colors!Oh,would you mind if I keep Claudine,she is so darn cute! πŸ™‚ I could just love on that baby face all day long,she’s so cute!

  • Shilo November 2, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Holy WOW. I’m so jealous! It looks incredible amidst the autumn foliage.

    Also, not news, but the photos of you two together are off-the-scales adorable.

  • Renee Alam November 2, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Just wanted to say congrats on being in the Gifted magazine…just saw it & LOVE it! I think we’ll try making those cookies this week! πŸ™‚ You do know that now you will have to have a store & a cookbook…you’re too famous not to! πŸ™‚

  • Emma November 2, 2010 at 8:54 am

    These photos are breathtaking, particularly for someone coming from a semi tropical environment who never sees anything like this.

    That 7th picture down is simply beautiful.

  • Anna Emilia November 2, 2010 at 9:18 am

    It looks like a place of dreams through your photos and smiles.

    Kindest greetings from the Finnish frost.

  • Jessica November 2, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I love Storm King, but have not been back in two years. Your beautiful pictures make me want to run there this weekend…especially the shot with the Andy Goldsworthy!

  • PAWLING | print studio November 2, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Wow, some of my favorite memories are from Storm King in the Fall and this post is making me want to go back so bad!! Gorgeous.

  • cyndi November 2, 2010 at 10:05 am


  • neta November 2, 2010 at 10:17 am

    one big WOW !!

  • bronwyn November 2, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Wow that is beautiful. We have a lot of evergreens here so we don’t get fall colors like that. I so wish we did. Just gorgeous. Am I the only one who thinks Claudine’s teachers are cute? Just saying…

  • jennifer November 2, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Perfectly autumn in every way. I cannot wait to get out of Florida soon enough, the leaves don’t quite turn here – they just fall off and die =/ Beautiful photos!

  • Nani November 2, 2010 at 10:28 am

    omg so amazing, I wish I could find something like that near me but if I don’t I know I am making a trip next year!!!

  • Pancakes For Recess November 2, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Wow. My goodness, those pictures are just breathtaking!

  • Ashley November 2, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Absolutely amazing! I wish I could drop what I’m doing and find a zip car right now. Oh, those hills!

    (P.S. It’s so nice to see you in the photos, Jenna–lovely hat!)

  • laura November 2, 2010 at 11:54 am

    that place looks absolutely gorgeous. i might leave ny, not sure what is in the plans, but this is why i don’t want to. i love this season right here and don’t like spending it anywhere else.

  • Angie November 2, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    gorgeous photos of fall, jenna. πŸ™‚

  • joslyn November 2, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    holy hell that is stunning, stunning, stunning.

  • Lara November 2, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Oh, I just love the pictures of you two together! And the one of Claudine surrounded by tall grass towering over her.

  • tamera November 2, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    So gorgeous!! I love the winding stone wall, wow.

    & I also love your mitts!

  • yossy November 2, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    holy wow! i need a bus ticket up there stat!

  • Dana Galatzan November 2, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Absolutely beautiful photos, and itΒ΄s great to see you Jenna in them! Yo are very preety! Jijiji

  • Jenna November 2, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks for the comments -yes, very beautiful place. For those who asked, the gray wrist warmers (wrist worms) are from Sandra Juto

  • olivia rae November 2, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    that fall foileage – and you – are so gorgeous. love these photos.

  • cherish November 2, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    magical photos, definitely a must see place. So lucky to have amazing photos ops like those.

  • Justine Hand November 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    You exist! Fall picts beautiful, but nice also to see some lovely picts of you.

  • Jane November 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Oh wow, so this is what a real fall looks like! Here on the wet west coast, fall is just gray and rainy, the leaves change colour and fall to the ground all soggy and yucky and clog the storm drains. I can only imagine how beautiful fall is out your way!

  • mina November 2, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Looks like a photo shoot! You are beautiful, Jenna! Claudine is as adorable as ever…

  • Linnie Joy November 2, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Ohh i wish i could see the Andy Goldsworthy wall in person her is one of My FAVORITE artists!!!
    Love your photos, Beautiful!
    i cant wait till autumn REALLY comes to GA.

  • Jaime November 2, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    The stone fence around those trees leading to the water is one of the most marvelous things…what beauty!

  • Natasha November 2, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Such gorgeous photos! Fall is such a fantastic time of year.

  • carolyn November 2, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Hi Jenna, thanks for making me insanely homesick. Love, Carolyn

  • Caddy November 3, 2010 at 1:17 am

    GORGEOUS!!! Your pictures have me longing to visit Storm King (what a great name)! Also the photo of those male pre-school teachers made me smile! πŸ˜€ Glad to hear Claudine’s growing out of her shyness.

  • Jenna November 3, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Hi Carolyn, you’re very welcome. dude, it’s been 3+ yrs and you still haven’t been back for a visit.

  • Camila November 3, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Oh! You have such a lovely daughter!
    Loved your pictures.


  • nichole November 3, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    This is one of the most beautiful collections of photos ever. Stunning.

  • Lecia November 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    OMG!!! Unbelievably beautiful. I was going to say, nice that so many dads came on the field trip then I read that they are teachers! Whether they be dads or teachers, still great that the kids are getting time with men – childhood can be unbalanced in that way (mostly time with moms/women/female teachers for many kids).

  • Jenna November 4, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Lecia, Mia has a guy teacher for 1st grade too and he’s just great. There are 6 guy teachers at Claudine’s school and they all were there but lots and lots of dads came on the trip too.

  • Niki November 5, 2010 at 4:09 am

    FANTASTIC photos, Jenna. Love your entire outfit, especially the coat. Claudine is adorable as always. Btw, those teachers are smokin’…ooh la la! Haha. πŸ™‚

  • faith November 5, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    wow! looks like a great place to go for a field trip! so jealous!

  • Catherine November 6, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Beautiful! I love Storm King. Never been in the fall. I love the photo of Goldsworthy’s piece.

  • Avery November 6, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Jenna! You look SO beautiful!!!!

  • Emma November 6, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    You are so beautiful!! You should be featured in your posts more often πŸ™‚

  • cutelittlething November 12, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    WOW!!! I am so excited now to be returning to NY…how absolutely breath-taking. I can’t wait til my brother (Claudine’s teacher) takes my daughter πŸ™‚ off to check out your etsy shop!