This morning I biked to campus, then walked through the Central PA Arts Fest that is held annually on the Penn State campus and in downtown State College. Many of the artists and vendors are very familiar to me now, for I’ve been seeing them every summer for the past 6 years. Most years I stop and talk to artists and move leisurely through the displays–this year I was preoccupied and it occurred to me after I returned home that I had walked through rather quickly and not spoken a word to anyone all day.
Heister Street (which is closed to vehicles during the Arts Fest) is a giant canvas. One section is reserved for art students from various schools. This morning many of the students were hard at work, sketching and drawing on the road in their assigned spots. As I stood on the sidewalk watching them I was struck by how bright their hair was. I guess art students are predisposed to dying their hair all sorts of colors.
After walking a circuit around the Arts Fest I biked to the PSU Arboretum. Many sprinklers were running when I arrived. I took this picture of a perennial geranium by one of the sprinklers:
I saw an ornamental Allium that was new to me:
Near the parking lot there is a bed that contains many purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea). It’s a hot, dry area. From a distance the flowers look nearly perfect:
When you walk up close you see that the vast majority of the flowers are feeling the effects of time and stress:
It’s interesting what this says:
- Even stressed and dying flowers may be beautiful.
- Appearances may be deceiving, without careful examination we miss signs of distress.
At the pool that hosts aquatic plants I saw water mimosa (Neptunia oleracea). I had never seen it before.
Artwork and plants. A nice way to spend a few hours today. . .