Yesterday I went on an expedition to the Carleton University Butterfly Show with Miss Maggie and Claire, ostensibly to check out some cool bugs, and spend some more time playing with the camera. As usually happens, these field trips end up being learning experiences, often by accident. For example, I don't really have the skills to successfully photograph butterflies on the move, yet. We also discovered that Mags has a new-found passion for things Lepidoptera.
After the main show, we took a quick detour through one of the plant houses, helpfully labled Plant House - No Butterflies. I had heard of the greenhouse before when I was at Carleton studying Engineering, but somehow never managed to make the trek across campus to this space. It's really unfortunate, because I love plants. I need more plants in my space. I'm pretty damn good at taking care of them too. I think that they add a sense of calmness and focus to an otherwise sterile, jagged environment.
In my opinion, the greenhouse should have been built as the centrepiece of the campus, where the Quad of Banality currently sits. I remember that the Quad was always a desert to be crossed moving from the MacOdrum Library to the University Centre. Yes, it had grass and trees and statues, but it was....meh. I can envision the greenhouse, however, as the centrepiece of this space, filled with life and vibrant colour. Al place of calm within the bustle of daily campus life. Had this been the design, maybe I would have taken time to actually visit it while I was there.
Or, maybe I just wasn't ready for it.