I was looking to confirm the name of the woods bordered by Farm Lane on the west, Service Road on the north, and Bogue Street on the east. I was surprised that the area is also designated as a migratory bird sanctuary. Neotropical?
This time of year it is not uncommon to find low water in many rivers and streams. The Red Cedar is no exception. I love the low water period as it reveals the texture and shape of the river bottoms. It is its own world.
I rarely actually go into any of the buildings on campus. My view of campus is that of an outsider. Of all of the buildings I would like to visit the dorms along Grand River are on my wish list. They are so elegant and stately. One hopes the interiors are the same.
The trees that line the Red Cedar River along the walks and viewed from the bridges that cross the river have had many years to work their magic. Occasionally one will have to be taken down as it in danger of toppling into the river, but in the main they continue their work holding the banks in place night and day.
Spartan Stadium dominates the horizon just across the Red Cedar from the library. It also dominates the ‘home’ Saturdays in the fall. However functional as a football stadium; as a piece of architecture it is one ugly pup! I’m sure it is all the emotion & loyalty of the fans that is its actual sparkle.
The trees around Ave Maria have these odd growths that upon inspection are not really attached to the tree. During our visit to Corkscrew Swamp I read a sign that explained about air plants. When I returned to Ave Maria I saw that all the trees are crawling with them.
The Red Cedar holds secrets that waters fast & slow run easily over and around throughout the warmer months. It is in the winter when the river freezes that one has to contemplate what has been abandoned & hidden in these waters.
There are some gloriously beautiful buildings on campus, and then there are many that were built in the sterile boxy rush of construction in the 1960’s and 1970’s. It is amazing what a good reflection in the Red Cedar River will do for one of those buildings!
The students who live in the dorms on the east end of campus directly to the south of the Sanford Nature Area have a wonderful sidewalk. I runs just outside the nature area fence. The walk provides all the beauty but none of the mud.
When it’s not too wet or the air too full of mosquitos then we usually walk through the Sanford Nature Area in the Michigan State Campus. The bark on this tree was very inviting in its paper thin folds and curves.