Iowa State’s Swans

Back in Indiana, someone sent me a link to photos of  Iowa State’s two swans on a lake…that was the clincher for me…..I had to come here for graduate school!

On this spring day, just to the west of the Memorial Union, red buds adorned the rim of Lake LaVerne.  I looked anxiously for the two white swans, but didn’t see them swimming.

Then as I was trying to photograph more red bud, guess what I saw?!

Two lovers, hidden under the trees, with their own little case of spring fever!

VEISHEA and ISU’s Lake LaVerne

It’s greening up nicely here in Ames, Iowa!  Today it was marvelous to just watch leaves blow in the wind.  I love green lace time when tree branches are like nurseries full of baby lacy leaves, but today the leaves are like teenagers, big enough to blow around, wrestle and interact with the big blue sky.

Here are some pics I took a week or so ago during ISU’s own home brewed celebration called VEISHEA, a word made up from taking the first letter of each of the colleges that make up the university.  Our little Lake LaVerne  next to the Memorial Union is one of my favorite places on campus.  During VEISHEA there are canoe races and students and visitors  sitting around the lake to watch.