It’s like sequels: there comes a point when the number alone is the subtitle. But as long as I keep seeing beautiful or interesting things on campus, I’ll keep coming back with posts.

First, I went back to the wondrous crabapple tree I’d photographed before. This time the sun was bright and there was no cloud cover to diffuse it. So I went to the other side of the tree to get the sun closer to being at my back (figures 1, 2).

Figure 1. Crabapples. Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

I was pleased to get a nice individual branch laden with apples against a deep blue cloudless sky (figure 2).

Figure 2. Crabapples 2. Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

I also spotted two cherubs notionally holding up Mary in a statue in front of the La Verghetta Center for the Performing Arts (figure 3). I love the neat cracks in the marble as well as the expression of the cherub on the left.

Figure 3. Cherubs. La Verghetta Center for the Performing Arts, Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

The La Verghetta Center also boasts a very period appropriate midcentury entrance (figures 4, 5). I figured I’d better create a black and white image of it (figure 5) to try to recover some of that period feel. It’s a fine portal, and you can see the polished granite contrasting with the bricks and the (I think) concrete roof. I had to pace back and forth a few times to get the right reflections in the polished stone.

The Center’s midcentury bona fides are assured by the date inset into the brick wall (figure 6).

Figure 6. La Verghetta Center for the Performing Arts, inset inscribed date. Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

I’m not so sure how welcome a guest to the Performing Arts Center this Dandelion (figure 7) was!

Figure 7. Dandelion. La Verghetta Center for the Performing Arts. Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

The hydrangea in figure 8 was welcome, however, because someone went to the trouble of planting it and keeping it healthy! I sought an effect like a 1930s black and white film lighting scheme in this image.

Figure 8. Hydrangea by night. Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

I’ve already written about the wonderful capitals of the Marywood Rotunda. The engaged columns in the façcade of Regina Hall seen in an example here (figure 9), are stylistically similar but fall short of the Rotunda’s landmark examples.

Figure 9. Column capital. Regina Hall. Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

Lastly, I was charmed by the delicate tracery of limbs of a Japanese maple near the main entrance (figures 10, 11). The sun was still fairly high in the sky when I returned to campus in the afternoon to take some daylight shots of the Learning Commons, and as always I loved the fire of the light when it is transmitted through the leaves.

But the intricate web of branches against the deep blue sky (I had a polarizer to help with that) was captivating, too.

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Arlington, VA

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