Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

So it’s been a while…

My, what a couple of weeks it has been! So last week we had our mid-term presentation with the four interns and Andre had his last day on Friday. The presentations were more of a discussion of work produced so far and experiences, since beginning the internship in June, then a round table conversation with the office of first impressions to three months in. It went really well – I began with a background and refresher of what the mission statement for the Designing the Parks 2014 program was intended to be –

“The Designing the Parks interns will be actively involved in:

Site visits, historical research, and problem solving
Meeting with allied NPS programs and professionals
Meeting with local landscape architectural firms
Participating in design discussions with park staff and stakeholders
Photography, sketching, and developing written narratives
Creating maps using GIS, computer aided drafting (CAD), and Adobe Illustrator”

and it certainly maintains validity. It has been a great summer of new experiences and visiting new places. My friends from home were ragging on me that I was doing everything and always so busy – but I think that just comes with wanting to fit everything into summer. Things seem to be in a rhythm and routine now and at a point when drawings are being produced more quickly. Below are two renderings I have been working on – one at forty scale of the Confederate Cemetery and the other, the northwest corner of the historic village core, both for Appomattox Courthouse. Just a few more finishing touches and I will have some drawings complete for APCO!

Appomattox Courthouse Confederate Cemetery Rendering - Existing Conditions

Appomattox Courthouse Confederate Cemetery Rendering – Existing Conditions

Northwest Village Core for APCO - Adobe Illustrator

Northwest Village Core for APCO – Adobe Illustrator

The pace of summer seems to be slowing down and rhythmically beating into fall. Lots of work to be done still, but there is definitely a transition occurring in the seasons, which is nice – but I agree with Ashley – this has to be one of the mildest summers I have ever experienced. It almost feels as though summer never really started, probably because I began working full time immediately after graduation – welcome to the post grad life, Sara!

I want to leave you all with a few beautiful photos from around Boston. The first two, just minutes from the office, perfect escapes and breaks during the work day. And the third – a photo of the Charles River from the Esplanade. This particular evening the sun’s transitioning azimuth was shouting “Hello Fall!”

Splashing Boston Harbor

Splashing Boston Harbor

Granary Burying Ground

Granary Burying Ground

Weeping Willow dips its toes into the Charles

Weeping Willow dips its toes into the Charles

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