My intention was to walk from the Strom Thurmond Institute to the Cooper Library and loop around the pond, retracing some of the route my brother and I took when we played disc golf. I actually followed this plan, but got temporarily sidetracked when I reached the side of the library. You see, I usually come in on the other side of the library, using the other parking lot, so I’m not overly familiar with this side. And the last time my brother and I tried to come through, they had the area roped off, so we had to go upstairs and cross the Library Bridge.
I had this strange idea that the area I was about to walk by would just be the backside of several buildings that are next to Fernow, but I was wrong. I’m guessing the backsides of several buildings meet somewhere, one street over (there’s a pun that I could’ve played, but I hate puns). As I started balancing my way along the curb (I don’t know what it is about having to walk on the curb, when there’s a perfectly good road there), I found myself look at the Rhodes Hall Annex. It’s relatively new, as of 2007, I think.
Since I’ve been having trouble finding anything online about the old Rhodes Hall, I think I’ve finally figured it out. My guess is that the new Annex is that section with the funky glass window structures, and I really wish I’d taken some closer pictures of the middle section. If any grad students had looked out of the window, they’d have wondered what I was doing, gaping at the building like I’d never seen one before. But the glass area that jutted out the most, it reminded me of a 3D tessellation, or something like it. And I love tessellations (that’s the only good thing I ever took away from geometry class). Also, I knew that the Bioengineering Building was somewhere behind Fernow, but I still wasn’t certain which one it was. We get a few of those students in Fernow.
Then, I was struck by the contrast between the “glassy” side of the building, and the rest of the brick structure. Oddly, it reminded me of a castle design, with the narrow window slits for archers to shoot through. But I’m assuming that the Bioengineering Program doesn’t need any defenses like that, so I just hope they have plenty of lighting in there. Isn’t it claustrophobic, with not enough windows?
After I had finished my gawk-session at Rhodes, I headed for the path under the Library Bridge and around the Reflection Pond, at Cooper Library. It’s a very beautiful location, if you don’t pay any attention to what’s under the water. They really need to drag the pond for all the garbage and the accumulation of dead foliage.
But if you can ignore that part, I love the trees that drape down over the pond. It’s too bad that you can’t see them well from anywhere else. They’re very Tolkien-esque, making me think that an Ent is going to appear or maybe Tom Bombadil will come singing around the corner. And despite having some shady spots, there are plenty of sunny sections that could make it a beautiful place to study, catch some rays, and not be bothered by the majority of the population.
I continued to wander around the pond, distracted by the overhanging branches, but not allowing myself to miss the pond for the trees… in other words, I made sure I paid enough attention to not step into the pond by accident. There’s no railing up against the water, and I didn’t want to either ruin my camera or get near any of the pond scum.