For all of the dorm shabbiness, the conference does see WMSU at its best. There's quite a nice pond just below the dorm buildings, and the trees are blossoming in early May, and there are geese:
... and turtles sunning themselves...
... and a pair of nesting swans!
The orange construction netting fence is not very attractive, but it is needed. Swans do need to be protected from campus visitors, but even more, the campus visitors need to be protected from the SWANS. Swans are very aggressive-- in fact, downright mean!
I am a keen amateur photographer, an avid traveler, a dedicated researcher. My main area of interest is the European middle ages although I like history and culture, especially social history, of all eras and regions. I am especially fond of good architecture and I am really, really fond of reptiles.
I usually post this blog to share highlights from my travels with family and friends. If you are a potential friend wandering by, you are welcome; any of my art or nature images posted here are available for non profit personal or study use, and if reproduced I ask that I be credited as photographer.