Rhoads Pond-Site Selected
I was part of a group that transected Bryn Mawr's campus last semester with a small group of students and teachers. At the end of our walk around the perimeters of campus, we stopped in front of the site I am choosing to re-visit throughout this semester. We stopped by Rhoads Pond and were allowed to sit wherever we liked, either on top of the hill or right next to the fence. I chose a cherry blossom tree right in front of the pond and fence. It was in full bloom at the time, and I was able to appreciate the surroundings and these helped to boost my writing. I will specifically take time to sit under the tree and look out at the view of the pond. The background of the place is made up of tall trees at the other end of the pond, and the boundaries include the fence. There are some tall grasses and weeds at the borders and in front of the lake. Sometimes, these may block the view of the actual water, and this is where "terra incognita" as a concept comes in. I cannot fully see the lake, some of it is obscure from where I am sitting, so it is unknown to me unless I decide to climb the fence and dip my feet into the water. Which might take away from the neutral observation part of the project. This image is one I took at the end of our group trek around campus. Before I could make myself freely write, I was too distracted by my surroundings, and somehow needed to make sense of it. So I took out my camera and took many many pictures of the continuously floating cherry blossoms, even rearranged some on top of my backpack to add to the picture. I couldn't quite choose between these two pictures, because they both capture the different perspectives of the site that I got that day, and the angle at which I intend to observe this site. In my observation, I want to see the Pond as a whole and also through the blades of grass.