Vintage landscape: into the beautiful

Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C., ca. 1918-20, Natl. Photo Co. Collection, Library of CongressRock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., ca. 1909-32, photographers unknown.

As imperceptibly as Grief
The Summer lapsed away—
Too imperceptible at last
To seem like Perfidy—

Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C., ca. 1918-20, Natl. Photo Co. Collection, Library of Congress

A Quietness distilled
As Twilight long begun,
Or Nature spending with herself
Sequestered Afternoon—

Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C., ca. 1918-20, Natl. Photo Co. Collection, Library of Congress

The Dusk drew earlier in—
The Morning foreign shone—
A courteous, yet harrowing Grace,
As Guest, that would be gone—

Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C., ca. 1918-20, Natl. Photo Co. Collection, Library of Congress

And thus, without a Wing
Or service of a Keel
Our Summer made her light escape
Into the Beautiful.

Emily Dickinson, Poem 1540 (Johnson 523)

 
Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C., ca. 1918-20, Natl. Photo Co. Collection, Library of Congress

All photos via National Photo Company Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division — first two: ca. 1909-23; last: ca. 1909-32; all others: ca. 1918-20.

The almost 2,000-acre Rock Creek Park was established in 1890, making it one of America’s oldest national parks.

Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C., ca. 1918-20, Natl. Photo Co. Collection, Library of Congress

The Rock Creek Park Day 2013 Festival will be held next Saturday, September 28, to celebrate the park’s 123rd. birthday.  For more information, click here.

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