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Student Lens: Williams throughout the seasons

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#1 Comment By David On January 6, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

Great stuff!

We desperately need more photos at EphBlog, especially ones take by students. Some comments:

1) That is the perfect size, I think. You can adjust the size either by setting the width to 500 and calculating the height by hand. Or you can adjust the photo by clicking and dragging under the “visual” tab while editing the post.

2) It is cool that you have uploaded a full sized photo. Many readers (like me!) will enjoy clicking on the photo and getting seeing all the details.

3) You might consider a regular schedule of posting. Diana Davis used to always put her photos up on Friday’s. Picking a standard day/time is often useful for readers. If you have the energy, we would love a new photo every day (perhaps at noon), but I understand if that is too much trouble. If not every day, then every week day? Or every MWF (perhaps at 10:00 AM, just like a Williams class)?

Any suggestions/requests from other readers?

#2 Comment By Invisible Mom On January 6, 2010 @ 2:39 pm

Beautiful shot!

#3 Comment By Ronit On January 6, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

followup to @David: also, if you mouse over the image in Visual mode, the top left corner has an “Edit Image” button, which lets you do things like resize the image and link to the original image file from the post. I also recommend previewing before posting! :)

Thanks for the lovely photo.

#4 Comment By frank uible On January 6, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

Relative to scheduling, I’ll be delighted with whatever you have whenever you are ready to deliver it.

#5 Comment By Ronit On January 6, 2010 @ 7:09 pm

@frank uible: seconded.

#6 Comment By taussig On January 6, 2010 @ 9:39 pm

Thank you for your comments! I would like to post photos on a scheduled basis and maybe ask people to share a memory they have at the place I photograph? Just a thought after looking over Diana’s blog.

I’m trying to work out some of the logistics but hopefully it will all get figured out soon!

#7 Comment By Parent ’12 On January 6, 2010 @ 9:57 pm

Great! I look forward to more of your photos.

btw, from where is this taken?

And, does anyone know what type of tree is blossoming?

#8 Comment By Jr. Mom On January 6, 2010 @ 10:00 pm


This is a beautiful photo. Can you give us the location, please? I will be in Williamstown this spring and so perhaps I can stand just where you stood, and hope to see (and smell!) some of what is captured here.

* P.S. to P’12: We cross-posted. Talk about like-minded! :-)

#9 Comment By Diana On January 7, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

Very nice photo. Is this the house out by the Clark? Just a guess. (We can make it into a Photo ID even if it isn’t one!)

Where is Jonathan, to tell us what kind of flowering tree it is?

#10 Comment By Vicarious’83 On January 7, 2010 @ 5:26 pm

My guess is this is taken facing west from the porch of Perry House. I think that there is a little bit of Wood House visible at the lower left. I’m guessing the trees are crabapple trees.

#11 Comment By Ronit On January 7, 2010 @ 5:28 pm

It would be cool to see this same exact view at different times of the year. What does it look like now?

#12 Comment By dm ’10 On January 7, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

Speaking of views of Williams over time, here’s a timelapse of the corner of Hoxsey and Walden Sts. over winter break.

#13 Comment By Jonathan ’05 On January 7, 2010 @ 10:38 pm

What an honor to be the go-to guy for this kind of thing. Please, ask me to identify plants as often as you like.

Crabapple is a great guess, and very possible. Apples and cherries are closely related and flower similarly. I would want to see the bark to know. Since these trees are not in focus I cannot be sure, but will guess these are flowering cherries, and I’ll even get bold and venture the specific guess of one of the most common in this color, Prunus serrulata ‘Kanzan’. This is a very common double flowering type whose leaves emerge a bronze (brown) color. It may be my biased imagination, but I think I can make out some of these features in the picture.

Also, the right one is kind of large to be a crabapple. It’d have to be a very old crabapple, certainly possible on a college campus.

#14 Comment By Jr. Mom On January 7, 2010 @ 11:18 pm

@Jonathan ’05:

Wow. It isn’t often the conversation here ventures into the poeticisms of “flowering cherries” vs. “crabapples”. Please put the icing on the cake and tell me these blossoms emit such a lovely fragrance that I absolutely must seek them out on my Spring visit to Williamstown.

How about an entire post from you Jonathan? Perhaps you could articulate how the cold tough winter that Williamstown experiences is a necessary part of the glory of these blossoms? I mean, I know this is true, but would love to hear it described from someone qualified…

#15 Comment By kthomas On January 7, 2010 @ 11:37 pm

@Vicarious’83: That was my guess. (If correct, I may have a story).

#16 Comment By Vicarious ’83 On January 7, 2010 @ 11:51 pm

If your guess was about which house, then you were correct. Here’s proof: http://drm.williams.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/opa&CISOPTR=56&DMSCALE=50&DMWIDTH=600&DMHEIGHT=600&DMX=814&DMY=360&DMMODE=viewer&DMTEXT=&REC=9&DMTHUMB=0&DMROTATE=360

I hope your guess was about the identity of the house because I love your stories.

#17 Comment By Jr. Mom On January 8, 2010 @ 12:09 am

Yes! Yes! Please, Ken, can we hear your story?

(And now I know the spot to visit, come April!)

#18 Comment By taussig On January 8, 2010 @ 12:20 am

you are right, it is in front of Perry House! Thank you all for your kind comments, I love the discussions that are coming up!

I am just getting used to putting up photos and will have more soon. When I do, I would love to hear your stories about the places they are… Ken, do you have a story?


#19 Comment By kthomas On January 8, 2010 @ 12:48 am

@Vicarious ’83: @Jr. Mom: @taussig:

It is really very simple story, perhaps too simple and personal to merit such expectations, about one of those seemingly ‘perfect moments’ in life, — that I need not embellish, for it to seem a storybook.

It was the Spring of my freshman year at Williams. I had, for some time, been spending a great deal of time in Perry– it was my intended housing pick, but there were also bonds of friendship, which had cemented that choice. And there was, of course, the library.

April showers…

#20 Comment By Vicarious ’83 On January 8, 2010 @ 1:20 am

Torrey, your pictures are a joy. Many thanks.

Perry is the site of one of my most vivid memories of Williams. During a Homecoming party my sophomore year, a cross was burned on the Perry House lawn. Here is a picture of the rally held the following Monday:

It looks like the trees in your picture would have been just outside of the frame of the Record picture, but I can’t tell for sure. Can you?

#21 Comment By taussig On January 8, 2010 @ 1:25 am

I think you are right, but it is hard to tell in the Record photo. But what a crazy story! I enjoyed reading through the Record articles you sent… I love looking at archives of the school paper, it gives a great depiction of what the school was like throughout different generations. Thanks!

#22 Comment By kthomas On January 8, 2010 @ 1:58 am

@: April showers, as many of you will know, commonly flood the lawns in front of the row houses, leaving large puddles — forty or fifty foot puddles– for Williams students to trudge through with their duck boots.

This April, a late drop in temperature, followed by snow, froze those puddles solid, into little lakes of ice. For those fond of skating in one’s duck boots– well one does enough of that at Williams– for a week or so, these were convenient shortcuts to class. Run, jump on the ice, slide!

A few weeks before, I had fallen asleep…