Christmas 2008, California State Capitol, Sacramento

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Sacramento, United States

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Just received an invite to join a Northern California group and I am honoured to do so. However, I’m at home on a dial-up Internet connection yet want to submit something new to the group. The result is a shot I took last night of the State Capitol’s West Steps and the Christmas Tree.

I almost missed this shot. Between “The Terminator” and the Legislature, California has no budget and no money. This has happened before but never this badly. So Gov Arney is so mad he’s putting up a running tally of how much money the state is losing per hour that we don’t have a budget. I guess he’s also doing something else: turning off the lights. When I got there it was full dark and the tree wasn’t lit. That annoyed me because it was cold and windy and I’m driven there and had to pay for parking! Grrrrr!

So I was walking around seeing nothing to shoot by people shooting a dark tree when I noticed that ALL the external lights of the building were off. The place was deep-as-yer-navel type dark. I thought this was seriously strange but there’s nobody hanging around from the state police (now CHP) anymore so I started back to the van. A large click later and the tree is lit but the building still isn’t. A very large click and only the front of the building is partially lit.

Things looked about as good as I was gonna get so I dragged the tripod out and tried to find an angle that didn’t look like crap because of the ‘dead building’ in the background. I finally settled on some tightly cropped shots, none of which is what I saw on TV a week ago but that was all I was gonna get.

Thanks again for the invite to a group that specializes in my home territory!!!!

THIS PIECE WAS FEATURED IN: Northern California Style. I thank you!

Camera: Nikon D90

Lens: Nikkor 18-105mm (Sadly destroyed by dropping the camera.) The colour balance is off. The building’s lighting is actually a lot warmer but two years ago I didn’t even know what white balance was. You’ll see it correctly in other images but I don’t know why.

Location: Sacramento is the capitol city of the state California and is the most populous of the 50 states that comprise the United State of America.

Politics: It’s now 2010, two years later and things have gone from VERY bad to MUCH WORSE. California, once again, doesn’t have a for this fiscal year but the amount of money we’re spending is at a point where we’re losing millions of dollars per week. The State has robbed the local governments (such as Sacramento) to the point where we have “furlow days”. These are workdays when employees aren’t allowed to work and don’t get paid for them either. Things are so desperate in California’s budget the State is trying to sell a pile of its buildings for cash and lease them from the new owners afterwards! Gov Arney (Arnold Schwarzenegger, also known as The Governator.) has a few days left in the office he was paid $1 per year to mess up. Our “new” Governor is our old Governor Jerry Brown from 30 years ago. He’s known as the penultimate tightwad and he’ll have to be now, cutting so much government that people will beg for the woman who spent over $100 million dollars of her own money to defeat him. She lost because she had a tiny problem involving an “undocumented worker” (read “illegal alien”) she also paid for in her home.

Interesting law: it’s illegal for anyone to fly the Stars and Stripes US flag after dark unless it is fully lit from at least three sides. If it wasn’t illuminated that way in this shot you’ve have seen only a silhouette blocking the highest accessible level of the building.

Now you’re up-to-date with this image. I’ll try to have newer ones in Red Bubble soon. :-)

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