Friday, May 10, 2013

Spring Birds at the Farm

 Red-headed Woodpecker

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

I just loaded a large number--189 images--of photographs from the past three or so months of bird activity in my yard out on farm.

Along with the welcome usual suspects, quite a number of other birds stopped in for visits.  I must thank them for hours and hours of entertainment.

And I managed quite a few fun shots.  A good way in which to survive and conclude the final busy weeks of the term.

Song Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Brown-headed Cowbird

Tufted Titmouse


Brown Thrasher


Purple Finch

Baltimore Oriole

Chipping Sparrow

 White-crowned Sparrow

 Downy Woodpecker

Battling Blue Jays

Oak Bowl Renovation Part Two

Press Box Foundation

 Stadium Lights Arrive

On Tuesday morning, May 7, the day before I left for Ripon, WI, where I presently sit, I visited the construction site for the Oak Bowl renovation.

To look over photographs of progress prior to this visit, just visit the initial blog page for images and links from my visits, beginning on 17 January.  

The page began to get "crowded," so I
created this second page you can access from the original page.  Check out, too, the photographs from my most recent visit.

Despite some twelve inches of rain that
slowed progress considerably these past months, the foundation for the new press box awaits concrete.

In addition, while I avoided mud, the truck
arrived with the five lights and poles for the stadium.  Elaine Hanson wrote me that on thus Thursday, 9 May, the first of the four poles got planted.

I plan to return in July when my wife and I stop in Peru on our way to visit our two children in Denver and Boulder. 

PSC Commencement 2013

I stand with History Graduate Jarrett Willet

Emily Crom and Family


Well, chilly wet weather forced the post-commencement fun inside the Student Center, but this move hardly affected the smiles and the enthusiasm.

I always enjoy meeting the Alpha Chi
graduates and, of course, English Majors and others whom I have known for a number of years.  

In addition to Emily Crom, four other
English Majors graduated, including Davina Andrews, Sara Mathewson, Jami Drake, and Mary Johnson.  

Alas, I could not get pictures of all these
excellent students and friends, but I posted a number of photographs for your enjoyment.

Congratulations to everyone involved with this year's commencement, from the students to their parents, from custodians to the Madrigal Singers.


Spring Concert: Concert Choir and Concert Band

On Sunday afternoon at 2:00 in the College Theater, the Concert Choir and the Concert Band entertained with the final major concerts of the spring term.

And both groups performed with vim and vigor.

As usual, you can enjoy a slide show from the exciting performances.

The PSC Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Tom Ediger took the stage first.  I will post the names of the three pieces uploaded for your pleasure on You tube and the name of our friend from Argentina at the piano.

After the Concert Choir entertained, the Concert Band took the stage.

Dr. Ken Meints conducted the band for an elegant piece and then introduced PSC student Taylor Sirman,who conducted the band for the premier of his composition, "Dragonfly," which you can enjoy on You Tube:

After Taylor Sirman's delightful piece, Dr. Pat Fortney took the stage to conduct the band's performance of a beautiful work, "The Twelfth Night."

And for a fun switch, I left the balcony and joined the Concert Band on the stage to talk a few minutes about Shakespeare's comedy by the same name.

I recorded most of this complex piece of
work that the band executed in a wonderfully impressive manner, a great way to conclude an afternoon of song, dance and music.