Saturday, March 6, 2010

I Heart the Northwest!

This year I went again to the Medieval Association of the Pacific's annual conference. I present at the conference almost annually as it gives me an opportunity to meet with other fellow medievalists as well as do that which I always, always enjoy, i.e., explore the West. The conference meets on a different Western campus every year and this time around it took place on the beautifully green campus of the University of Puget Sound.

My presentation at the conference was on the German medieval narrative called Das Nibelungenlied. You may view the conference program here.

What added much to the conference this year was the astoundingly gorgeous weather. It was sunny, 60 degrees, and a great way to introduce Spring to my soul. The winter has been very harsh in my neck of the woods this year so this experience was most appreciated.

I will post more at a later time about my experiences in the Seattle and Tacoma area. In the meantime, here are some pictures form the University of Puget Sound grounds. I can't get over the fact that I left icicles at home and found blooming flowers in Washington. Simply beautiful.

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Dana said...

Nice pix. The Pacific Northwest is an awesome area! So much greenery, I love it!

Sra said...

I like the sun flare in a couple of those pics. I don't know if this winter has been unusually warm in the PNW, but it has certainly been easier to handle than the winters I experienced in Utah. And this year I know the entire east half of the country got completely dumped on with snow. People complain about the weather here all the time, but I think they're crazy. We had to deal with snow one day here in Portland. That is nothing to complain about.

JJ said...

Ha. 'heart' as a verb shows the level of approval, indeed. :_

Unknown said...

Ah, your playground! Very cool. I agree with Sra's point. I think people can't truly appreciate milder climates when they live in them. The sun bits in the pix was awesomely photographed. Did you make it out to the Olympic Rain Forest again?