A Romp around St. Mary’s of the Woods – Terre Haute – July 2009

Since the beginning, as those of you who peruse here regularly know, I’ve always been a rather “take what fate gives you” sort of photographer. Very early no I picked a direction and that direction happened to be west so I found myself in Terre Haute, Indiana. It’s not exactly the first name that come to mind when you think of Indiana but it certainly one of the most beautiful bits of urbanity that we have. On this day I visited several landmarks of the town including St. Mary’s of the Woods’ campus. This stop was fairly far along in the day so I didn’t really give it as much attention as it deserved as I was just about spent for the day.

The campus is very well integrated with the surrounding woodlands so it’s sometimes difficult to know if you’re on the campus or in the woods.

From St. Marys of the Woods, Terre Haute

Unsurprisingly, much of the statuary is centered around the school’s religious affiliations and history.

From St. Marys of the Woods, Terre Haute

And if this statuary doesn’t just scream, “Don’t mess with a girl from St. Mary’s!” then I don’t know what does. I suspect all the dates with the gents from neighboring Rose Hulman are unusually civil.

From St. Marys of the Woods, Terre Haute

The buildings themselves are looming and have all the solidity of mountains.

From St. Marys of the Woods, Terre Haute
From St. Marys of the Woods, Terre Haute

But there’s still room for light moments in the signage among all this stolid serenity.

From St. Marys of the Woods, Terre Haute

And I’ve forgotten what this thing signifies, but whatever it is it’s over there..

From St. Marys of the Woods, Terre Haute

And so that’s the day that was.

14 Comments

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14 responses to “A Romp around St. Mary’s of the Woods – Terre Haute – July 2009

  1. Thanks for the tour by way of your photos it was refreshing…

  2. I love the “Thou Shall Not Park Here” sign!

  3. I love St. Mary’s of the Wood. I’ve only been there one time and that was to accompany my friend’s daughter as she tried out for their music department.The campus is so beautiful. Thank you for the tour.

    Also, the last sign is to let you know where the labyrinth is. This particular kind of labyrinth is based on the one on the floor in Chartres Cathedral in Chartres, France and is used for walking meditation.

  4. morezennow

    Love the “thou shall not park here” sign too! Great photos, Rob.

  5. lilykreitinger

    Great photos! WOW!

  6. You Really Captured The Area Here, It Almost Makes you Feel Like Your There -,0

  7. Thanks for stopping by and “liking” my blog post!

  8. Robyn G

    Great photos and what a fantastic place.
    The buildings are so statuesque and the quirky sign, so funny.
    Thanks for visiting my blog too 😀
    Am glad you liked my Eiffel Tower post.
    Robyn

  9. Is the thing a labyrinth?? Such that people walk as a form of religious devotion? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Edinburgh_labyrinth.jpg

    Because that would be incredibly cool and definitely worth a trip!

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