It was a beautiful day that became blazing hot, but remained perfect through graduation. Less than two hours after the hats took flight, thunderstorms rolled through the Hudson Valley. Another class departs to discover the world beyond West Point.
Discussing student performance, grading the final (term-end exam) for EN302 (Advanced Composition), and enjoying the incredible weather today. Thank you, Senior Philosopher, for catching me in a grading stupor and suggesting that I go out for a breath of fresh air. I couldn’t head outside without taking my camera! The yacht featured here has been on the Hudson all week. She posed nicely for me before I went back inside to finish grading the 61 essays (which averaged four-point-five pages each).
This shot keeps pulling me back in. Some time ago, a colleague (the fierce Texan) once said something about the scene reminding her of a T.S. Eliot poem. I know the poem well, and will reproduce it (in part) here for comparison:
LET us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a table;
The complete poem is here.
It seems that I captured that spread-out sky and somehow I caught the mood of Eliot’s poem. Hudson views are frequently amazing if not dramatically unique; however, I’ve not seen many evening skies like that.
Regarding the “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” it is difficult to believe that he wrote the poem in his mid-20s and published it at 27 years of age.
Just before leaving Central Pennsylvania today, I noticed a flowering plan in my parents-in-law’s yard. Here are a few shots that show the nice lighting and capabilities of the Nikon D300. All six photos are processed using Photomatix 4.
While walking to Cullum Hall today, I felt the lightest raindrops falling. I walked to the terrace hoping to find an unusual ship on the Hudson River. The rain stopped. Shortly thereafter, the sun broke and this wonderful rainbow appeared directly in front of me. This is the best HDR composite I’ve produced (so far).