As usual, I spent some time wandering the campus of Marywood after walking my wife to her office this morning. It was about 40 degrees F, dry and cool: a very nice day for someone like me.

If you follow my work at all you will know that I love trying to wring interesting new images from the little reflecting pool at Marywood. Today: bonanza! The water coming up from the mains was probably 10 degrees warmer than the air, and a constant stream of mist was rising from the surface. So I grabbed my iPhone and took a whole series. One (figure 1) came out pretty well, and the mist was even more visible in black and white (figure 2). The sun was behind the building, so that there was a fair amount of contrast to show up the mist; but you’ll see that I did a lot of tweaking in post to make it stand out better. I assume when the temperature gets colder we’ll get better shows.

Figure 3. Mountains and campus trees from reflecting pool in Italianate garden. Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

The surface of the pool was (until I stupidly touched it) glassy. I was able to get a wonderful reflected view of nearby trees and the mountains that run north-south to the west of Scranton (figure 3). The mountains are precisely the view from our bedroom window.

Figure 4. Rotunda reflected by night. Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

And several nights ago the rotunda offered a nice view in a not quite so glassy pool (figure 4).

Figure 5. Fallen wasp’s nest. Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

In my last post (Marywood IX) I offered a view of a wasp’s nest in one of the arts in the Italianate garden. That nest has now fallen, and here it is at the foot of the art. See how some of the honeycombs are still filled with unhatched critters.

Figure 6. Beech 2. Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

Cat’s eye with giant eyebrow! That’s what I see in the pattern of wrinkles in Marywood’s other beech tree. It’s comparatively young, so long may it stand.

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Arlington, VA

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