Photo of the Week: Bird's-Eye View

Author: Nicole White '19

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Some may say that "the early bird gets the worm," but in this case, the late-night emailer won the day.


At 7:57 p.m. on July 2, “a little birdie” — David Cortright, a faculty member in the Keough School of Global Affairs — alerted University photographer Matt Cashore to something much closer to the lens of the live webcam than the ant-sized students and faculty it typically captures from its roost atop Main Building. 


Luckily, Cashore happened to be checking his email at the time and was able to capture this screenshot of a falcon perched just below the dome-topping statue of Mary. 


The camera was installed in 2015 and runs 24 hours a day, offering a live feed of God Quad and its surrounding buildings and allowing homesick alumni and anxious parents to check in on campus. It always offers a bird’s-eye view — some days more literally than others.


Photo of the Week highlights images of notable happenings on campus and in the Notre Dame family around the world. Have a snapshot you think we should see? Email to be considered for publication. 


Nicole White is an intern at this magazine.