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For years I have wanted to visit Princeton University. It’s not far from where I live, but like many things, I put it off year after year. I also wanted to get some fall images before it was gone. Why not do both? Good thing I did because shortly after our trip there, the storm blew most of the remaining color away.

Princeton is an absolutely beautiful campus. It became one of those times when as a photographer, there is a struggle to be either a participant or an observer. I have an appreciation for architecture but Princeton has a much greater appreciation for architecture. When you think of an Ivy League school, this is one of the best examples you’ll find. I grew up closer to Harvard, so I like that place the best, but it’s very close to a tie.

Perhaps, because I was a roofer for a short time, (long ago), repairing and installing bland and ugly systems to keep buildings dry, this wonderful work caught my eye. I have to respect that so much thought and time was given to prominently displaying an object that is now normally hidden from view. The designers behind this system let it become a major architectural feature on their beautiful building. Do not call it a gutter or a downspout or some other unworthy label. This is someone’s functional art, created by designers and craftsmen with pride. They don’t make them like they used to.

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