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Autumn at Emma

By Kaitlin Resler
Every time of year atop Mount Ida is spectacular, but the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is one that the Northeast hosts particularly well: fall has arrived. As autumn colors fall against ye gray walls, we’re taking a look at Emma Willard School and being glad for a world where there are Octobers. 

First signs: on the edges of campus leaves start to change, students head to class, and the apple tree outside Kiggins gets full!

Showstopper: the climbing tree (though it’s also been known affectionately as egg-shaped) at the heart of campus is one of the surest signals that fall is here.
Carpet of leaves: Kellas looks out onto the lawn as it transforms from green to yellow with dropped leaves. 

Golden light: not to be outdone, the usually silvery stones of Emma Willard School take on a warm glow at golden hour on Mount Ida, from the top of the tower to the carriage portico at the front loop while our resident turkey vultures warm themselves on the rooftops.

Seeing red: though the golds and oranges are in stark contrast to the cool greens of the late summer campus, nature’s very own Emma red makes an appearance that can’t be missed. 

Through a glass: the many panes of Emma Willard School are illumined with autumnal light and leaves. 

Misty mount: as the season draws to a close and we look towards Emmaween, campus gets creepy. Morning mists and skeletal trees dropping their last leaves round out fall’s last days.
    • Trees near Wellington-Lay show off spectacular colors in fall.

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