Baker Lab with Autumn Trees

Double Irony

Baker Lab

Baker Laboratory dates back to World War I.  With 200,000 square feet of space, the lab is home to Cornell’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department, the Chemistry Research Computing Facility, the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility, and the Advanced ESR Technology Research Center (whew!!).

Trees on a Knoll

On the right, on a knoll, is a European beech tree (Fagus sylvatica).  The Latin name holds a double irony. Standing, alone, high above East Avenue on the Cornell campus  (sylvatica means “of forests”) as a memory of the forests growing above Cayuga Lake is a being once worshiped as a god.   In Celtic mythology, Fagus is the god of beeches.

A maple is on the left, genus Acer of unknown species.  I recognize it from the shape.

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8 thoughts on “Baker Lab with Autumn Trees

  1. I’ve always admired your living spaces, Michael. What a fascinating area; even though it’s a little ‘off limits’ at the moment due to the pandemic. And, by the way, stay safe!
    We, here in Australia, are experiencing spring, whilst you in the NH are enjoying autumn/fall – my most favourite season. Our deciduous trees are becoming green again, whilst your trees are displaying those beautiful fall colours. It truly is a remarkable world in which we live!

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