I worked at Washington State University for almost ten years. Almost every day I would pack my lunch, and enjoy my less than ten minute commute to work to a job where I was responsible for supporting research computing environments. Although I am no longer employed by Washington State University, I am certainly glad I would bring my camera to work to capture some of the memories. College campuses are filled with photographic opporunities. The campus bustles with life as students head to class and research labs thrive. That is the day and the life of a college campus.
WSU Bryan Hall located on the Pullman, WSU campus.
Always time to catch a great WSU campus sunset.
In the morning the sunlight hits buildings at interesting angles resulting in very unique lighting opportunities. Here is a picture of Byran Hall at Washington State University just as the light is starting to spill over the roof. The lens flare can create an interesting, and sometimes desirable effect. Different lens control flare in different ways. This picture was taken with a Rokinon 14MM Sony E Mount lens, at F16. The Rokinon does not handle lens flare as gracefully as more expensive lens, but a little work in post production can sometimes fix these issues. Also this lens distorts images, but again, Adobe LightRoom is perfectly capable of straightening everything out.
The Palouse has a rich railroad history. An active railroad line still operates in this region of the State of Washington providing an alternate means to transport goods to market. Trains used to frequent the Palouse, as the primary means of transportation. Now days, it is uncommon to see the trains on these rails. The tracks look beaten down by age, and every fourth railroad tie looks as if it could not support the weight of a train. Sadly, I always ask myself how long the tracks will remain as the tracks fall further into disrepair.
In this picture, I took while on my walk home from work, I decided to walk down the tracks, contemplating all the great things this railroad brought to the Palouse. As the warm sun was setting on my walk home, I caught this picture and felt it really portrayed the legacy of these tracks.
This building was constructed in 1935 at the base of college hill in Pullman Washington. Railroad tracks run to the plant where coal could be delivered to provide fuel. You can see the black coal dust that around the loading docks. The plant was constructed as part of a WPA (Works Progress Administration) in 1935 to create jobs for unemployed Americans as part of the "New Deal" legislation. What remains today of the structure is the tall chimney that can be seen from all over Pullman that over shadows the engineering buildings. Additionally a large generator and a more modern steam plant has been attached that operates off of natural gas.
When you have been at WSU long enough you witness a lot of change. Now almost to my ten year mark at Washington State University, living on the Palouse, one change that always remains vivid in my memory is the day this big bronze cougar arrived at WSU. I was working in Johnson Hall, and a big Semi-Truck pulls up on Stadium Way with the bronze cougar on a long flatbed trailer. The cougar was installed later that day. The bronze cougar was manufactured in Joseph, Oregon. The cougar, now a favorite picture spot on graduation day is proudly displayed outside of Martin Stadium.
Martin Stadium, Where the Cougar Football team plays.
Stadium Way goes through the WSU campus. It is a very busy street.
Another sunset from the WSU Aboretum. If you are ever at WSU, there is a nice path through this area. It is located at Eastern end of Grimes Way on the WSU Campus.
Well, now the leaves are no longer in the trees but that does not stop great photography. Walking around Washington State University campus today and decided to try this shot. Hope you all enjoy!
What an amazing Palouse Sunset captured at Washington State University while the cougar baseball team battles it out. In the background is the silhouette of Beasely Coliseum seen from the stands in Bailey-Brayton play fields. It was a fun time had by all to watch the cougars play and even better to catch a gorgeous sunset rising over the play fields to create a beautiful photographic opportunity.