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2022 June 25

Secret Walks: Campus walk

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On 2022 June 4, my sister and I went for a short walk on the UCSC campus. She drove us up, and we parked in the parking structure.  I showed her my office, then we walked down past the physics carousel and Kerr Hall to the Performing Arts area.

Festival-Glen-stage

I was distressed to see that the Festival Glen stage has been damaged by a tree falling over, and that UCSC has done nothing to fix it yet.

Festival-Glen-stage-closeup

Here is a closer view of the damage. I was always a bit bothered that UCSC denied Santa Cruz Shakespeare the use of the Festival Glen, claiming that they needed it for their own programs, and then did nothing with the stage—they seem to have been leaving it to rot.

view-from-music-plaza

We went past the music building to enjoy the from the balcony.

deer-on-meadow

And we did see deer. I’ve always thought that the herd on campus were California mule deer, but the solid dark tail suggests that they are Columbian black-tailed deer instead. (The two are subspecies of the same species Odocoileus hemionus californicus and Odocoileus hemionus columbianus, and can interbreed for intermediate forms.)

view-from-hill-by-University-House

We also got a nice view from the top of the hill overlooking the bike path.

photographing-flowering-tree

We went past the Rachel Carson apartments, where my sister tried to get a photo of the flowering tree.

graduation-photo

The sculpture at Porter (variously known as the Squiggle, the Dragon’s Rest, and the Flying IUD) was in heavy use by students taking graduation photos.

flying-IUD

I did get one photo of my sister with the Flying IUD and no one in graduation robes (between two groups of students taking photos).

koi-pond

We visited the koi pond at Porter.

mural1

And we took some photos of outdoor artwork (my sister took many more than me, as I had several from previous walks).

mural2

Another very Porter mural.

This walk was a very short one—I was just showing her a few highlights of campus in a very restricted time frame. After visiting Porter, we walked up past the Redwood Grove Apartments to the car and headed home for dinner.

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