Gallery | An island of calmness at St. Armand's Circle

February 17, 2014 

It's not a place I spend much time: St. Armands Circle. A midway resting spot for Sunday rides. A place to sip coffee, regroup, take off. Recently the circle was transformed from sleepy familiarity into a bustling, crowded place. Parking was scarce and walkers filled the crosswalks as they moved along the circular plaza. But the center of the circle maintained a stillness among the hustle. Statues, plant life, trees and a circle of green provided an island of calm. As I watched, a small bird hopped upon "The Dicobulos," or "The Discus Thrower," an Italian bronze statue of an athlete mid-throw. Against the bright blue sky and wispy clouds the two formed a momentary sillouette, then the bird was gone.

It's not a place I spend much time: St. Armands Circle. A midway resting spot for Sunday rides. A place to sip coffee, regroup, take off. Recently the circle was transformed from sleepy familiarity into a bustling, crowded place. Parking was scarce and walkers filled the crosswalks as they moved along the circular plaza. But the center of the circle maintained a stillness among the hustle. Statues, plant life, trees and a circle of green provided an island of calm.

As I watched, a small bird hopped upon "The Dicobulos," or "The Discus Thrower," an Italian bronze statue of an athlete mid-throw. Against the bright blue sky and wispy clouds the two formed a momentary sillouette, then the bird was gone.

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