Regal in Red Granite

Being that I am obsessive about being on time for any appointment, it’s not unusual for me to show up an hour or more early, especially if I’m not familiar with the terrain. Thus was the case the eve of the Kelby Worldwide Photowalk when the meetup with +Dave Wilson was scheduled for 6 PM, and I showed up at 4:30 PM. Good news, our meeting location was the south steps of the capitol, so there was plenty to walk around and see prior to our meeting time.

As mentioned in this post, the grounds around the capitol building were just beautiful with plenty of interesting historical pieces scattered about , as well as beautiful landscapes and decorations, but the star of the show is with out a doubt the capitol building itself. Instead of the pale white limestone that typically is used in other state buildings, it was dictated to the contractor who built the structure that Texas Red Granite from nearby Granite Mountain would be used. after much debate, negotiation and a need to bring in stone workers from Scotland to finish the job, the building was completed in 1888. The design was based off of the Capitol building in Washington, DC, but it is very much  Texas with the red granite and live oaks scattered about the grounds!

Unfortunately, we did not get to visit the inside of the capitol on this trip due to time constraints and just simply being wore out after walking the 15 block trek to and from the other side of Lady Bird Lake to get shots like this one of the skyline. This along with several reasons pretty much guarantee a return trip to Austin – just not sure when that might happen though. Only time will tell!

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Aperture: ƒ/10
Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Focal length: 30mm
ISO: 100
Shutter speed: 1/80 s
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