Friday, December 12, 2014

SkyWatch Friday


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!

21 comments:

Revrunner said...

Thanks for this aerial tour, Lois. It's a great way to see the downtown.

biebkriebels said...

Nice view over the city.

VP said...

A great view, and a Saturday morning to remember... or maybe to forgot!

TexWisGirl said...

i remember that sad news. it is a beautiful photo.

Sharon Anck said...

Fantastic photo. I heard about that incident and had no idea it was so close to you. Scary stuff.

Lowell said...

This is a lovely photograph, Lois. Just perfect. I've not seen the capitol building from such an angle before. I'm not sure a "domed" building is appropriate for our legislators, though...a dumb building would suit them better! :)

And I remember read the story about Deputy Smith. So sad. I had no idea you were so close to the action. That would be frightening!

Cezar and Léia said...

The building is huge! Love the sky colours, you got a great shot!

William Kendall said...

Scary indeed. Excellent view, though.

Halcyon said...

Such a pretty time of day!

Sylvia K said...

That is SO scaru. Lois, and unfortunately, things like that are happening with greater frequency almost everywhere these days!!

This is such a terrific capture and I do love those blue, blue skies!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

fredamans said...

Beautiful sunset over the town.

Birdman said...

This red building in the foreground puts everything in perspective.

RedPat said...

I'm glad that you are alright, Lois! This is a great pic!

cieldequimper said...

Wow. Frame this one!

Bethany Carson said...

Very nice view of the city!

Lea said...

What a sad story. Lovely view of the city though.
Have a wonderful week-end!
Lea

Linda said...

Nice color but the story is disturbing. How sad that the deputy was killed when trying to help.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

I like the mix of old and new buildings, and a beautiful sky!

EG CameraGirl said...

The sky is very pretty and the buildings so different from each other.

Marie said...

Beautiful photo. Such a frightening event! There's so much going on right now to be concerned about...it really hits home when it's in your own neighborhood. God comfort the officer's family!

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

Beautiful photo. The top floor of the capital is where my husband and I had our first kiss!

We were visiting Tallahassee the day of the shooting and heard all the emergency vehicles on their way to the scene. We were so sad to learn what happened.

Beautiful photo from a new angle I've never seen!