This is the Rain Garden by the Evan Center. Normally I just pass it by and don’t give it a second thought. But tonight it looked pretty. It had just stopped storming and it was actually a decent temperature outside. I was messing around with the lights in the garden and Hannah was walking across the huge concrete platforms. And then this shot came together. It reminded me of a ghost, which is appropriate for our very haunted university.
At the 100 Acres there is this weird rock wall, tunnel, garden thing that is very hard to describe but is also very interesting. It starts out with a walkway that gradually slopes down towards a tunnel and there are loose rock walls that grow on either side. Then there is an unlit tunnel that you have to walk through. For some reason it reminds me of a tunnel into a tomb. I don’t know if that is what the artist intended or not. But on the other side of this tunnel there is light and a nice staircase that leads up to a nice square garden with pleasant green grass and a wall around it. Anyway this passageway seems like the tunnel between life, death and whatever the hell is on the other side. A passageway into another world, another life. There is something mythical and primal and prehistoric about this garden and I love it.
As a child I was often ‘required’ to help in the garden. Somehow I always got stuck in the green bean row. Weeding and picking the beans. It was unreal how many beans could grow in a number of rows. Then, snapping them, at each end. However, fresh green beans are so crisp and delicious!!!! Mom was kind enough to bring me a bag of pre snapped fresh green beans! <3!
I’m sure you’ve seen photos like this. There was a pretty popular set of photos from a photographer that were this style. So yes, I suppose I stole the idea from him. I’d credit his name if I knew it. We were almost done with our walk through the 100 Acres, when I stopped her, told her to hold my hand and walk up the path. And I got this shot. And I told her we would be the even cuter couple that did these photos. I tell her about all kinds of places, all around the world, that I’m going to take her. And she just says “I’ll go anywhere with you.” And I’ll go anywhere with her. And we’re gonna see this huge, magnificent, and magical world of ours.