“Life is short. Take the trip. Buy the shoes. Eat the cake.” ~ Unknown
I said there’d be more snow pictures, and here they are. Well, some of them, anyway. I took a walk around the President’s yard. I wish photos gave an accurate idea of just how big this tree is. It’s circumference is impressive. I’m no arborist, but I think it’s safe to say the tree is easily 150-175 years old, maybe more. Kudos to UK for not cutting it down.
As I was making my way around the circular drive, a woman appeared from this walkway. When she saw me (read: when she saw the camera), she began to talk about how beautiful the snow was, and how I really, really, really needed to see the view from the walkway. I’m glad she stopped me because the view was totally worth the diversion. From there I made my way back to the library but not before I passed the view outside my own office (below). I get to look at this Ginkgo dancing with Redbuds every day. I can think of worse jobs. In fact, I’ve had worse jobs with far worse views.
This is the little pond in the President’s yard where we often have lunch. Needless to say, we’re not eating lunch there this week. Still, I find a lot of beauty in the frozen, naked winter. I wonder what they do with the fish? Bless their little fishy hearts, you know they’re colder than a beta fish on an iceberg. If you have a pond, I’d be interested in knowing what you do with your fish during the winter.
State Street in Madison, Wisconsin is a happening stretch of road. Running from the State Capitol to the University of Wisconsin, the street is pedestrian only save for the occasional bus….or delivery driver…or cop car…or emergency vehicle. Okay, it’s not just pedestrians, but it is, mostly. Walking past the art museum I saw this man sitting alone, as if he, too, was a piece of art. If he was, maybe you’d rub his bald head for good luck, like not being hit by the pizza delivery car while taking a picture of the full moon rising over the capital building. Now I’m just being silly!
“Well, of course he passed away! But that doesn’t mean he’s gone.” ~ Arlo Guthrie
It was a snowy walk from one library to the other. It offered a peaceful look at our summertime lunch area at the President’s house, but clearly, the most popular spot on campus when it snows is the bowl in front of the main library. Snow is fun!
“What you allow is what will continue.” ~ Unknown
You might remember the bench that sits at a house on my street from last week. One of my oldest friends in the world, Robin Dalton, challenged me to do a self portrait at the same bench. This morning I stopped at the bench, and asked Stacy Yelton to lend a hand – or shooting finger as it were – to create the shot. Dear Robin, this shot’s for you. Thanks for always being my friend.
“He who is not contented with what he has,
would not be contented with what he would like to have.”
There’s a house on my street with a lovely maple tree and bench. The scene this morning in the fall sun begged me to stop. It’s good to stop and appreciate the beauty around us. It’s important for our souls. And it doesn’t hurt to have a camera handy.
“It’s okay to be humble. It’s also okay to be awesome.” ~ Jeffery Platts
It’s best to sow grass seed just before the last snow of the season. The weight packs each seed into the ground, and gives them an early start with rising temps. I knew I needed to sow grass before last night’s snow since it may well be the last for this year. Did I? Of course not. Fortunately, Mother Nature has a far better memory than I. She will raise new grass with or without me. Should I remember to throw seed at some point in the future, she’ll help raise that, too. That’s true love.