A trip to Salem, Oregon’s capitol, for my annual British Travel Friends Christmas party gave me the chance to visit our State’s Capitol. It’s something I haven’t done since…..umm…1959, when Oregon was 100 years old. yep, we haven’t been a State all that long.
I thought the Capitol just might be decorated for Christmas and when I walked in I was surprised to find a musical program taking place. A little trip to the Information Desk and I learned that during the holidays there are musical groups performing every day for the two weeks leading up to Christmas. I took the time to sit and listen.
I was surprised that I was allowed to walk all through the halls and into the government chambers without being checked or asked what I was up to. I took advantage of empty government houses to snap a few pictures even though I had to ramp up the ISO to 2500 and f4.
There are larger-than-life painting of past Governors. Also some relics from the past from an old technology.
I wandered around for a couple of hours before heading outside and across the street to the State Library. I managed some pinhole images with exposure times of an hour and more, but those will have to wait until I get the film developed. I loved that the library still uses the old card catalogs. A bonus was a Dorothea Lange photo exhibit in the upper halls.
There is just something about these old catalog drawers: the smell of the old oak and the feel of the card stock. The catalog drawers just seem to make it easier to browse topics you might otherwise never think about. The computer catalogs just don’t give me the same experience. Oh, kind of like a real book compared to an E-reader……hmmmm
I don’t know why i waited so long to make this visit, but when something is in your backyard you tend to visit when out-of-town guests visit. but this was a great thing to do and I think my next trip will be up to the Capitol in Washington State.