Photographer's Note

In 1963 President Kennedy was hosting 30 Nobel Laureates in the White House. He opened his remarks with the line, "This is the greatest concentration of creative genius since Thomas Jefferson dined alone." The third President of the United States was indeed the most brilliant of 43 individuals who occupied the White House during the past 233 years. On October 15 I had the honor of giving a talk in the Rotunda of the University of Virginia. This is the domed architectural gem that Jefferson had personally designed for the university that he founded. He explained that the design was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. My audience was comprised of 104 distinguished physicians and generous benefactors of the Medical School of the University of Virginia. On my drive to Charlottesville, Virginia, I took a road less traveled, one with undulating curves, hills and valleys. In this particular segment I could not resist pulling over to shoot this veritable 'roller coaster.' I intend to post a few more images from Charlottesville in the next week or two. Four months ago, I had posted a photograph of Monticello, the home that Jefferson designed for himself that also features a dome.

The appearance of the warm colors of autumn has been late this year, but a dramatic drop in temperatures the past few days should expedite the process. At the ungodly hour of 3:00 am (in the Eastern United States) that I am posting this image, I am also listening to Beethoven's Third Symphony, which I've found to be ideal as a sound track for viewing this image. Beethoven composed the "Eroica Symphony", his personal favorite, while Jefferson was enjoying life in Charlottesville. I would like to dedicate this photo to composer/conductor Daniel Nazareth, a new but already good friend, who trained under Herbert von Karajan, seen conducting the Eroica on the YouTube link.

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