Monthly Archives: March 2016

Twilight Capitol

The Washington State Capitol building in Olympia during the blue hour

The Washington State Capitol building in Olympia during the blue hour

Those that follow my photography know that the Washington State Capitol campus is one of my favorite local places to shoot.  The grounds are very inviting to photographers with the interesting buildings and public art.  Even with as much time as I spend shooting there, I have a number of “bucket list” images that I want to make, and this one, “Twilight Capitol” is one that I can not check off of that list.

Even though I have shot from this vantage point many times, this is the first time that I shot there with the trees in their spring bloom.  Given the bad weather we have had recently, and the fact that they don’t stay in bloom for all that long, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to make this image this year either.  Fortunately, we had a break in the bad weather this week and I was able to get down to the capitol and get my shot.

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Thea Foss Waterway Bridge

The East 21st Street Bridge, sometimes known as the Thea Foss Waterway Bridge, In Tacoma, WA shot at night from the Bridge of Glass

The East 21st Street Bridge, sometimes known as the Thea Foss Waterway Bridge, In Tacoma, WA shot at night from the Bridge of Glass

Most people know this cable stay bridge in Tacoma, WA as the Thea Foss Waterway Bridge, but to be more accurate its actual name is the East 21st Street Bridge.  Granted, it does span the Thea Foss Waterway, but it is actually one of two bridges that span the same waterway.  It is without a doubt though the most interesting looking bridges in the downtown Tacoma area.  It probably goes without saying that if you do a Google image search for this bridge you will find a lot of images taken from a lot of different angles at all times of the day.

I made this image last October while visiting the Tacoma Museum of Glass.  I wanted to get a night shot of the bridge but I also wanted to shoot it from a perspective that I hadn’t already seen countless times before.  I found a place on the pedestrian Bridge of Glass near the museum that provided me with this scene.  I hope you enjoy this slightly different take on the Thea Foss Waterway Bridge.

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