Figure 1 CIVIVM CONCORDIA. Marywood Rotunda, Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

So reads the inscribed attic panel of the Marywood Rotunda that is unobstructed by trees in figure 1.

The Rotunda’s entrance has a nice inner frame of golden birch trees and an outer frame of a (mostly green) weeping Cherry on the left and a ruddy-gold maple on the right. The branded banner on the light post intersects with one of the giant ones affixed to the columns of the Rotunda; they echo the seasonal colors.

The steps and their railings have been composed to give the illusion of rising to the door of the Rotunda. (There are at least a hundred meters between them.) The railings are neatly picked out with reflected light from the sky. The sun was close to setting when the picture was taken. The sky had turned yellowish white and the wispy clouds stand out against it while backing the dome of the Rotunda. If you’re keeping score, the cross on the dome is hanging out where the leftmost vertical third meets the topmost horizontal one.

Nikon D3400, 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens at 70 mm. f/9.0, ISO 400, 1/125. Since the D3400 is a crop-sensor camera, the effective focal length is 105 mm.

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Arlington, VA

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