This past weekend was a combination homecoming/reunion/parents' weekend at work, which meant that my Friday and Saturday were pretty darn crazy. In fact, Saturday turned into a 13-1/2 hour day! I did a 12-hour day last year on that Saturday, but prior to that it's been a long time since my frequent 14-hour days when I worked in sports. I'm a little out of practice, as I'm still exhausted days later, but it was fun and I could not resist taking a few moments to appreciate the activity that was going on around me.
On Friday I had a two-hour shift working a table near registration, and as I waited for the shuttle to head over to campus, I couldn't help but soak in every moment of the beautiful fall day...
After I was done with my shift, I had a little time to wander through a couple new spaces on campus before heading out to one of the quads to hear a carillon concert. If you're not aware, a carillon is a system of bells that are tuned to be played to make music. The library tower has one, and while I've heard chimes a couple times while on campus, I'd never heard a full-on concert. So I wandered out to listen and see the activity on the quad. There were giant letters spelling out our motto, Meliora (it means, "Ever Better"), and I just loved that moment of enjoying perfect weather, a lively campus, and pretty music...with no distractions.
As I was waiting for my shuttle back to the office (and my car), the sun started setting behind the campus chapel. It's subtle, but I snapped this picture of the light coming through the windows. Usually it's hard to see the color in those windows, so I was happy to sneak a little moment to capture it.
On Saturday morning I was back at it by 10am, and it was a cool, dreary morning, a major contrast to the day before. Luckily I was stationed in a tent so I stayed dry, and it was actually really fun to see all of the activity in the area I was in. After about six hours in and around that area, I had to go clean up the table setup I'd worked at the day before, and then I had to wander halfway across campus to my car. By then the rain was gone and it had turned into a cool but decent day. There was a Ben Folds concert happening outside along the way, so I stopped to watch. I couldn't help but notice how gorgeous the trees were above me.
And the leaves below me weren't so bad themselves...
After talking to some friends for a while, I eventually made it to my car and drove to my office. I decided I felt better about taking the shuttle back and forth for my late night shift, rather than walking to some far-off parking lot in the dark at 11pm. I changed my clothes, freshened up, and went to my car to wait for the shuttle. As I waited, I noticed that the clouds were getting little hints of yellow on their edges. It was a beautiful sight after such a cloudy day, and by the time I got on the shuttle and was on the road to campus, I realized that the sunset was going to be amazing! The sky was turning shades of hot pink on the horizon, and the clouds above let off a pinky tone. When I got off the shuttle I tried to find a spot to capture some of the color, but it turned out I just had to wait because everything was blocked by trees. Still, I walked up to the quad and couldn't resist snapping away. Of course, the photos don't really capture exactly what I was seeing, but they're fun anyway.
|Philanthropist and Eastman Kodak founder George Eastman, from behind...|
|The chapel with some of the fun sunset behind it. Note that those are the windows I captured up-close in the shot above.|
|FINALLY...I got the Meliora without anyone else in the picture!|
|By this point the sky was pretty amazing. This picture almost does it justice.|
|One last look at the quad with the lights of Rush Rhees shining like a beacon.|