Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Alphabe-Thursday: D is for Dome


It's Thursday! Time to join our favorite teacher, Mrs. Matlock, for Alphabe-Thursday. Make sure to swing by Jenny Matlock for your assignment. By now I'm sure you've all met our host Jenny. You haven't? Quick, go there. I guarantee you'll be smiling for the rest of the day! This week we are to write about the letter D. I work for a vet, so my first inclination was D is for Dog. But on a recent trek into Austin to take some night shots, I decided that my D would be for Dome. This is the dome atop the State Capitol building in Austin. I loved this perspective. But it was SO COLD that I had a hard time keeping the camera still for a night exposure!


This is the rear view of the Capitol. If you ever have a chance to visit Austin, make sure to tour this gorgeous building and grounds. The Capitol has been lovingly restored, and it is an absolutely beautiful building.



For more information about the restoration of this historic landmark, click here. And thank you Mrs. Matlock, for hosting this fun event!

44 comments:

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Sweetie...
I love your letter D. How beautiful is the capital. I have never seen it before, as I have never been to Austin.

The architecture is so detailed and so beautiful in the night sky. It is so grand standing proudly for all to pass by and see. I love it. You captured it so GRANDLY.

Thank you for sharing. I love it when you do. Have a beautiful day sweetie. Country hugs...Sherry

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Kat, your pictures are so pretty and I love the different angels you are starting to take with your photos. Both pics are just wonderful. Hugs, Marty

Kathysue said...

Kat I am so enjoying these post you are doing. I am learning about an area I have never seen and you are showing such wonderful images. You are really getting good at you photography. I am so glad you are doing this because I get to reap the benefits. Hugs Kathysue

DesignTies said...

Hahahah!! Jenny is hilarious!! :-D Love her "what will you do if I die" story :-)

Great angle on your shot of the dome. I wonder if you can make it sharper with Picnik (http://www.picnik.com/) Night shots are tough -- it's hard to keep perfectly still. Especially when you're shivering in the cold!!

Thanks so much for entering our giveaway and helping to spread the word :-) Good luck!!

Kelly

Mumsy said...

Your pictures are great, Kat, and the capitol building is gorgeous.

Marla at Always Nesting said...

What a beautiful building! You are such a great photographer. I love the detail in all of your photos. It's like being right in the moment.

Have you ever shared with us what type of camera you use?

Lois said...

It is a huge building and so beautiful!

Shellbelle said...

I love this whole alphabet meme, I always wonder what you will come up with and CLICK, there it is!

Beautiful photo of a beautiful capitol. I think the first photo is really good, I never could have held even that still in the cold. Well, nowadays anyway, back in 1986 I managed to. You'll have to check out my post to see, lol.

JennyMac said...

gorgeous pics!

Deb said...

Aint Texas great!!!

The Muse said...

(you can always say the shivering/shaky pic was because the dome is a spaceship getting ready to blast off....! OR...you could take another when it gets warm...LOL

either way...i salute your tenacity...and courage...now, quick go get warm!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Beautiful shot of the dome, Kathy! And believe it or not, we are cold in Florida, too. Brrrrrrrrrrrrr!

XO,

Sheila :-)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Wow! That is a gorgeous dome, and I like your photo of it. Great angle! laurie

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Kathy!

This is a wonderful shot of the Austin Capital Dome! Wonderful "D" post! It's such a big beautiful building!

We got over a foot of snow and I had to shovel x 3..my arms will be killing me tomorrow!

Glad to have a warm house tonight, that's for sure!

Riet said...

What a beautiful and special D post. Beautiful building.

My name is PJ. said...

The capital is gorgeous and the lighting is perfect! EXCELLENT D!!!

Maggie B said...

We had the pleasure of visiting Austin & touring the Capitol building a few years back. We had a great day.
Thanks for coming to see me in my PJ's.
~maggie~

Catherine said...

I have to admit, the dome of the capital is a lovely sight in Austin, especially when its all lit up at night. I visit there (Austin, not the capital) fairly often, they have great plant nurseries and we love Whole Foods :) .

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

Yes, the capital in Austin is very nice. I enjoyed my visit many years ago. Very nice pictures.

Catherine said...

Yes, the Whole Foods on Lamar is my favorite :) . I remember when it was just a tiny little store, I loved it then, too! I discovered Wheatsville Co-op last year. If I lived closer, I would get a membership there, too. I've only been to Central Market once and it was an all too brief visit, perhaps I'll have to schedule another visit there on my next trip to Austin.
Blessings,
Catherine :)

Jenny said...

What a D elightful letter "D" post. That is a gorgeous building. Can you tour the inside? I never would have thought of the word Dome! and what's fun about that is it really makes me think - again!

D arn neat post!

A+

Viki said...

That is really a gorgeous dome and building. The building looks really large.

GardenofDaisies said...

Why do you suppose all state capitol buildings have a dome?

Sarah said...

I think the TX capitol is one truly a beautiful building, and I'm so impressed with the expansion and the underground wing. This makes me proud!
Thanks for sharing these photos. Great shots!

Jo said...

that does look like one gorgeous building. I love the angels in your first shot!

GardenofDaisies said...

LOL! Hot air rises!

Shabby Cottage Collectibles said...

Thanks for sharing those wonderful photos! I've never been to Austin but my neice moved there last year so maybe I'll get to visit. Thanks for visiting my Shabby Cottage today please stop again. Warm hugs, Esther

xinex said...

Beautiful building, Kat! Love your shots..Christine

Dixie said...

Kathy... now I guess you'll need to do a "G" for restoration of the Govenor's Mansion...

stay warm... I'd love to wake up in the morning to a blanket of snow... so I could stay under my blanket... !

what a Valentine's day that would be in S. Texas ... wouldn't it!

Jane said...

We visited the capital in Austin many years ago. I still remember how beautiful it is...such classic lines.

Thanks for visiting today. I can relate to your home-ec experience. I am definitely "sewing challenged"!

Hugs,'
Jane (artfully graced)

Mighty M said...

Congrats on winning the Jimmy-Choo!!!

mrs. c said...

I love to take photos of buildings and yours are lovely!! Thanks for stopping by!

Christy said...

i really, really, really want to go to austin...and now seeing this photo just nudges me on!

lissa said...

looks like the one in Washington but I think it's a different shade


thanks for your visit to my alphabe-thursday

Brenda said...

Great night shots. I expect the blackness behind the building gives us more detail than a daylight picture would. Thanks for sharing and for your sweet comments on my post!

The Muse said...

Start saving those pennies...an M3? Will you be taking a spin around the block, as well :)

Amanda said...

Austin has one of the prettiest capitol building in the US! And your photos are really beautiful-- you can actually SEE how crisp and cold the night is!

Mami said...

Your letter D is nice Dome. I've never been to vist the Captol.Nice landmark indeed!!

Jacque said...

Good Morning!!

Thanks for sharing the DOME pic! That is breath taking beauty at its best!!

Have a great weekend!

Prim2Pink said...

I love looking at Capitol buildings. They have such architecture and history!
Judy

The Muse said...

Re Gift: LOL...make sure you wear your seatbelt then! LOL

Melinda Cornish said...

it is a beautiful dome too! great picture! melinda

The Muse said...

oh Kat...that beats gully gully! LOL...just adorable...!

xinex said...

Hi Kat! I posted a picture especially for you on my Sightseeing Sat. post. Come and take a look when you have a chance...Christine