Duke has several beautiful places to photograph: the chapel, the yard in front of Old Chemistry, a hidden arbour close to East Duke Building… But my favorite place is definitely Sarah Duke Gardens. During my first semester as a Duke graduate student, I lived on Central campus and so sometimes I had to cross the gardens to get to some classes on West campus. Since it was fall, I was able to see how leaves changed colors and it was one of the most wonderful experiences in my life. (We only have two basic seasons in Lima: clear skies and gray skies –I wouldn’t call them summer and winter). So you can imagine how astonished I was when I saw orange, yellow, red, and dark purple leaves for the first time in my entire life!
Specifically at the gardens, there is a special place for me: the red bridge. Its redness is so bright that it is almost impossible to miss it. People love it so much that newlyweds, families, random visitors, Durhamites and, of course, Duke students get pictures of it and on it. I myself got one!
Furthermore, the bridge is quite special because it’s the location of the first short film I made with my friends here at Duke. You can watch it here! (I’ll dedicate some posts about these shorts soon, I promise).
So today I wanted to share a couple of photos of the red bridge. The first one was taken in August 2010, just few days after I arrived in the States for the very first time. It’s a typical frame-within-a-frame pic:
If you are in Durham for any reason an in any season, and have some free time, you simply can’t miss visiting the gardens and photographing the red bridge! It’s definitely worth it!…