Friday, December 12, 2014
I took this picture looking south from the 13th floor of the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Tallahassee at sunset. In the center of the picture is the 22 story Florida Capitol, often referred to as the "new" capitol, even though it was completed in 1977. The small dome in front of it is the House of Representatives office building. Not visible on the other side of the tower is an identical domed building serving as the Senate office building. The historic old Florida Capitol can be seen directly to the left of the tower with the flags on top. It has been restored to its original 1902 appearance and serves as a museum and tourist attraction. The brick building in the foreground is a downtown office building. The Gulf of Mexico lies about 22 miles directly south of where I took this photo. On the street below, the Tallahassee Winter Festival is going on, which is where I took the picture I posted on Monday here. Linking to SkyWatch Friday.
Note that the flags on the old Capitol are flying at half staff in honor of Leon County Deputy Christopher Smith, who was shot and killed in the line of duty the Saturday before Thanksgiving by someone who set his own house on fire and then ambushed Deputy Smith when he was the first to respond. The shooter then proceeded to walk down the street and fire at police and firefighters until he was killed by an off duty police officer who lived nearby. This incident happened in my own neighborhood on a quiet Saturday morning. I was sitting in my living room and heard all the gunshots and sirens. Very scary!