Another in my ongoing project to visit and photograph all 50 US state capitol buildings. This series is from Annapolis, the capital city of Maryland.
Maryland, the state of my birth, is home to one of the most storied and interesting state houses in the country. Annapolis itself is a fascinating city, and I've gone over some of its history in previous posts, but as a port on the Chesapeake Bay it ranks among the earliest settled areas in the United States (at least by Europeans). Founded originally in 1649, it became a major slave trade port (as I alluded to in this earlier post) and was established as the capital of the colony of Maryland in 1694.
The Maryland State House is the oldest of the bunch; built originally in 1779, it also holds the distinction of being the only state house to ever house the US Federal Government. Before the creation of Washington DC, Congress met in several different locations; over the summer of 1783, it met in Annapolis, in the old chambers of the Maryland House and Senate. It was in this building that the 1783 Treaty of Paris, officially ending the American Revolution and establishing the United States as a truly independent nation, was ratified by Congress.
Today it is the centerpiece of historic Annapolis, which has become a tourist destination, especially since the creation of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge just to the east of the city, the only crossing of the Chesapeake between almost Pennsylvania and Virginia. Much of downtown Annapolis has been preserved or rebuilt as a historic port, and it's a beautiful area to wander. The interior of the building has also largely become a museum, with the old House and Senate chambers restored to their 18th century appearance even as an addition with new legislative chambers was created at the start of the 20th century.
Larger version on Flickr, here.
Full Maryland set on Flickr, here.
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batalay (36103) 2014-02-22 17:11
It was a brilliant idea to include the sign, "State Circle..." and especially since it is in a partially shaded area and does not detract from the spire. I should have known the history Annapolis better, but your note rectifies the omission in my education a little. Your series of Capitol buildings and Capitals in general is a wonderful gift to the Trekearth community.
Have a good Sunday,
npecanhuk (68104) 2014-02-22 18:49
Attractive and interesting picture!
Sharpness, management of light, colors, vertical format, chosen pov and composition are all very good photo qualities that really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your Sunday,
emka (82506) 2014-02-22 22:56
You are on your project again! so different this capital building than the other you presented. Beautiful tower looking like made from wood and presented in marvelous light. Excellent composition.
WArm regrads Malgo
carlo62 (36065) 2014-02-23 0:55
molto bella ed elegante questa architettura, si ripete su più piani la base ottagonale, modificando facciate e finestre, l'effetto complessivo è molto attraente.
Bella la foto che ne mette in risalto la struttura e molto bella è la luce calda che colpisce l'edificio.
holmertz (43275) 2014-02-23 1:48
A good photo and a very well balanced composition. You have framed the tower very well with the trees, and further down with the triangle of the roof and the sign. The evening light has given the white parts of the tower a nice pink tone.
They should fill in the missing letter on the sign :-).
lousat (79772) 2014-02-23 2:43
Hi Andrew,great choice of point of view to create this imposing perspective,and great choice of the moment too,this warm light makes the difference,great to paint in pink the white tower,perfect exposure and good detail too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
Noel_Byrne (26101) 2014-02-23 8:31
this is a lovely building, I don't see many wooden buildings in Ireland, so its always a pleasure to see a gem like this. The light falling on it has given a particularly beautiful red tint too, which looks superb on the wooden spire.
How great to know on reading your note also that this area is preserved. Future generations will thank us for that!
All the best
photoray (12968) 2014-02-23 9:23
Fine view of the Maryland State House, with the main tower dominating, and I am impressed by the design with octagons stacked on top of each other.
I wonder if the Free Masons were involved in the design?
I did read Michener's "Chesapeake" many moons ago which is combination history and novel on this fascinating area.
Thanks for sharing,
jcpix (13724) 2014-02-23 9:42
A-ha, now that you're back in action, I was wondering how long it would be before we started seeing these subjects again. :) They're great, not only as a learning tool, but your photography work makes it all the more enjoyable.
Love this warm golden light, adding a strong sense of a late afternoon summer time atmosphere. The slight blur of the foreground sign is perfect for a sense of depth, separating the two objects without losing any of the effect. Hope you've had a nice weekend. Take it easy.
danos (88819) 2014-02-23 12:14
vey nice the view old but very emblematic building of Annapolis.I like the excellent POV with the excellent light and colour management to bings out the details of it.Well done.
Nicou (126216) 2014-02-24 1:57
Quelle vue et image sueprbe quel capitole sueprbe avec la végétaiton dans le cadrage
le tons très doux comme du rose sur la façade sueprbe.
Merci pour l'étpile et belle journée
jhm (141921) 2014-02-24 4:36
Your intro picture of you and your very small boy is simple splendid.
Also these picture with these tower is a very well picture.
Really a very good technical picture also wonderful colours.
The area care for a wonderful composition.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Oceania (5174) 2014-02-24 6:02
Haven't seen you for a while. So, your baby keeps you busy. Speaking of your baby, I saw his pictures from your previous posting. Wow, he is so adorable.
It's fun to visit and photograph all 50 US state capitol buildings. You have covered vast ground of the U.S. so far. Great job well done!
delpeoples (54083) 2014-02-26 2:43
Gidday dear Andrew
Andrew's in da house! The Statehouse, that is :) Love the tight framing, the excellent details and the golden light. The architectural details are quite lovely. Thanks for sharing, have a happy day.
Hansaphotos (7145) 2014-02-26 8:42
It`s good to see you back here:) Excellent picture of this historical building. Great to see that the building has been taken such good care of. A well composed shot with fine lighting and not least, accompanied by an interesting and informative text. Thanks.
Have a nice evening.
kato (11630) 2014-03-04 3:52
You're capturing well this Maryland State House by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the historical capital house with storied and spire. It looks like the elegant shape and the facade of calm tone. It's also impressive in brick building at left side. And, the tree at right side draws out a good atmosphere.
- Copyright: Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) (7511)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-07-16
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D3100, Nikkor 18-105 1:3.5-5.6 G ED VR
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/25 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Flags, US State Houses - Southeast [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-22 16:21