During the first days of summer at University Park, the roses blooming in the Obelisk Garden delight pedestrians on their way to work or class, or to visit the ducks and ducklings at the fish pond at the Hintz Family Alumni Center.
The gated entrance to the Hintz Family Alumni Center's Secret Garden tempts passersby to enter and enjoy a few moments of rest and reflection among the greenery.
From the vantage point of the Alumni Center's gazebo, the fish pond and arched bridge named in memory of alumnus, trustee and one time Penn State Alumni Association executive director Ridge Riley are in view. In the gazebo, students often can be found studying while others munch on lunch.
A group from Our Children's Center Montessori School in downtown State College visited the ducklings, then departed past the Hintz Family Alumni Center's sculpture "Olympic Wannabes" by Glenna Goodacre.
Humans weren't the only ones enjoying time by the pond; a crow hopped onto a rock for a better view of the fish and fowl.
Two Penn State students brought a loaf of bread to the pond and shared it with a younger visitor to feed the ducks.
Megan Collins, a junior majoring in computer science from York, Pa., offered some morsels reserved from her lunch to the newest brood of ducklings to reside near the Hintz Family Alumni Center's pond.
A confident duck approached Megan Collins, apparently to get his fair share of the food she shared with the ducklings.
Success! With a leap, the duck nabbed the snack from his benefactor's hands.