July 10, 2009

From Gerald R. Lucas

Oxford

Dan and I took about forty students to Oxford and Christ Church. It was a beautiful day (again!), and Oxford was very photogenic. Between the architecture, the people, and the landscapes, I'm not sure my camera had much rest that day. Out of 316 photos, I marked (and posted) 178—over half. That's a damn good average for me.

Dan took us on a whirlwind tour, starting with several colleges. I had lunch with Kristin, Emily, and Dan, while the other students ate on their own. After dining on a sandwich and a Coke, we took in Christ Church—the best and worst part of the trip. It was the best because, well it was gorgeous—both it and the surrounding landscapes. Stunning. It was the worst because they didn’t want us there. Seriously: Christ Church seems to hate visitors, yet they willing took our £5!

There was even one old dude (standing here like a soldier) who got offended if you rested for a minute in the courtyard. He walked up behind this one dark-skinned kid and said “Hey, José, move along.” The kid was Chinese. His head would have probably exploded if we touched the grass. To top it off, the cathedral was closed right as Dan and I were purchasing our tickets. If Oxford and Christ Church were so beautiful, those guys might have ruined my day. Seriously: if you guys hate visitors so much, don’t allow them to come in. Oh, but I guess you need our money, huh?

Canon Camera Information
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT1, Canon EOS 30D, Canon EOS 5D, or Canon EOS 6D • Prime Lenses: Sigma 10mm f/2.8 EX DC Fisheye HSM, Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, or Canon EF f/1.2 85mm L USM • Zoom Lenses: Canon EF f/2.8 16–35mm L, Canon EF 24–70mm L, or Canon EF 70–200mm L IS USM • Processed with Apple Aperture.