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DRASTIC DRASTIC Changes during the Fall Break & Some New Perspectives on "History"

Barbara's picture

Having been off campus most of the time during the fall break, I am very very surprised at how the campus has changed. Specifically, how the plants on Bryn Mawr campus have looked different. My spot, the Labyrinth is just not enough to represent the changes. (No, I'm not changing my spot.) I really want to jot down what I have observed for the change of season. And also I have some to add to the post I wrote at the beginning of fall break (a long time ago, huh), so I need to seperate this week's post to two parts.

a) The season - A manifest fall!

The best place to observe the change of season is definitely the Senior Row. I always love to look in to the deep row of trees. The colorful leaves in the fall make the scene even more picturesque! Transition from green to light yellow to orange and to red looks beautifully flowy to me. I think it was on Oct 13 when I got up early at around 7:30 for work. I walked towards Wyndham and look up to the sky. Clear morning sunlight shed on me through layers of leaves. It was such a refreshing and lovely moment that I can recall the detail even now. The leaves looked lively and strong at that time.  In contrast, approximately two weeks later, sunshine is not as bright these days and the leaves are no longer green. However, isn't it intriguing that before the leaves are dead, they change to such lively colors? I am sad though that the process is unbelievably short, within one week, a lot of trees have already become nearly leafless. Oh, is this the fate? I hope the hurricane is not coming, for a smooth Lantern Night and for the colorful yet weak withering leaves to linger longer.

I have no clue about this, but all the hammocks around campus have been removed. My favorite seat to stay during weekly observation is gone...It is not just I love to take a break and lie down during observation, but, believe it or not, the way I look at the world is different when I lie down (horizontal -> vertical!). Without a place to lie down, (well I'm not prepared to lie down on the chilly grassland yet), I most directly concentrate on the grass. They don't really change much at this time of the year. That my explanation why this time, what I want to talk about is not represented by the Labyrinth.



Anne Dalke's picture

an answer to your question

I shared your question w/ Professor Crawford. She asked me to tell you that the way to know whether a hill is natural is to dig down and see if it is underlain by solid rock. 

Barbara's picture

That shows the down-to-earth quality of this field!

So if a hill is underlain by solid rock (=bedrock?), then it is natural, correct?