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Retroactively... this is part nine of a 13 part series on slacklining on Library Lawn at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. i don't feel like rewriting the whole note, so sorry for the discontinuity.

And so i'll stay in Stillwater for this one.

From a landscape perspective i still feel that Stillwater is one of the most boring places i've ever been... although Oklahoma City gives it a run for its money.

But as was pointed out in my last picture, the people are wonderful.

The center of much of the social life during the day at Oklahoma State University is the large lawn in front of the library... cleverly named Library Lawn. For the first couple of months of the spring semester there wasn't much activity out on the lawn... everybody was bundled up inside as Stillwater experienced one of its heaviest snow years in recent history.

Towards the end of February, however, we experienced some exceptional weather, the sun was out, temperatures were warm, and life returned to the lawn.

One of the students set up what is called a slackline between two trees on the line. A slackline is a length of webbing anchored between two fixed objects that functions much like a tightrope, but is a little bit loose. Slacklines are generally just a few feet off the ground, so falling is of no great consequence.

While many students took the opportunity to try their hand on the line for the first time--invariably resulting in initial failure, but often followed by gratifying success for the persistent--some seemed seasoned veterans.

Those were the ones that i took pictures of from below... i wasn't so keen on being fallen upon.

Here is one of the slackliners. i'll probably be posting quite a few slacklining pictures over the next few months.

And my next picture will be from Mexico once more.

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