Category Archives: Holidays 2013 – 2014

Keeping Watch

Before the lighting of the city Christmas tree in downtown Topeka the streets are busy with activity. Along with families out to see the tree, tourists out to see the sites, shoppers snagging those gifts, and folks heading home from work; the city police are on patrol keeping watch.

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They keep watch over the activities to make sure everyone is playing nice, they escort the guests of honor to the tree lighting, and close off the streets of the parade route.

While taking a few pictures of the capitol building I noticed this, all white, un-marked, police car parked across an intersection. The shiny paint and the flashing lights against the darkening city street were just begging for a shot of their own.

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…city sidewalks….busy sidewalks….children laughing…people passing…

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Ad Astra Stands Tall

A few days ago I was once again visiting our state capital; and this time it was the official start of Christmas! As the sun went down and the lights of the city went up the big Christmas tree was lit.

We, myself and D along with #7, had a good time walking around downtown Topeka and getting a good look at the outside of the capitol building. It always looks great in the sunshine with the light reflecting off the shiny new copper of the dome; but this time we watched as the sunset reflected off the side of the dome and those city lights came on. Yep; good ol’ Ad Astra still stands tall through the cold winter nights.

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downtown_topeka_kansas_black_and_white_photosI’ll share more shots of the Kansas State Capitol and a few random city scenes over the next couple of days; but for today, I just wanted to share these two simple black and white images.

…city sidewalks….busy sidewalks….it’s Christmastime in the city…

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