Sunrise on The Farm

The Memorial Court at dawn.

Come to the expansive northern entrance to the memorial quad at Stanford University on a weekend and expect the place to be packed to the gills with tourists and brides and bridegrooms. Late at night you might find yourself alone but not during the sunset hours. People add a wonderful element of scale to photographs of the quad, but they can also rob the place of its silent, empty serenity. For those who haven't been here, you might not appreciate how unusual this image is without a single person in the frame but you will certainly appreciate its sweeping scale.

Few things are built on this scale any longer, but even the Stanford family's largess couldn't have predicted how much this place has grown. This grand quad is but a tiny corner of a huge campus. Well, big places deserve big photographs. This one is just shy of the 150 megapixel mark.

Memorial-court-morning-1024
Memorial-court-morning-1024

Here's a crop for scale - the Burghers of Calais.

The Burghers 100% crop
The Burghers 100% crop