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Baton Rouge Daily Photo



A daily diversion through Louisiana's capital city...



Updated: 2014-10-06T21:35:19.169-07:00

 



Top # 3

2008-12-10T14:08:39.254-08:00

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The top of a slide at a playground...



Another Topper

2008-12-10T14:08:39.424-08:00

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Keeping with the theme of tops - this is the top of the Dodson fountain at LSU...



At The Top

2008-12-10T14:08:39.650-08:00

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A close-up of the top of the Old State Capitol, taken from the rooftop garden of the Shaw Center across the street.



Louisiana Book Festival

2008-12-10T14:08:39.917-08:00

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Cars were blocked from Fourth Street today in front of the State Library, fittingly enough, for the 2007 Louisiana Book Festival. I am a bad Daily Photo Blogger - I admit I was concentrating more on the displays and exhibits instead of taking photos.



Daytime Satellite

2008-12-10T14:08:40.173-08:00

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The moon makes a daytime appearance.

Have a great weekend, everyone!



Sudsing Up

2008-12-10T14:08:40.512-08:00

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The view from inside Benny's Car Wash...



Spooky Storm

2008-12-10T14:08:40.728-08:00

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This is the scariest picture I could come up with for Halloween: a nice big thunderstorm that happened a few months ago...



Main Street

2008-12-10T14:08:40.856-08:00

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Here's another colorful mural - this one is on the side of a warehouse on Main Street.



At The Y

2008-12-10T14:08:41.080-08:00

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This mural is painted on the side of the A. C. Lewis YMCA on South Foster Drive in the mid-city area of Baton Rouge. It features scenes of different activities children and adults enjoy at the Y, such as swimming, yoga, and soccer. The mural is now behind a chain-link fence after someone attempted to vandalize it.



Spiderweb

2008-12-10T14:08:41.241-08:00

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At last! I've made my escape from the pernicious web, and can post again...



I HAZ A BUKKIT

2008-12-10T14:08:41.470-08:00

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My cat decided to join me last night in the home office, but instead of jumping on top of the desk, she hopped into an old Christmas candy tin. She also likes squeezing herself into shoeboxes and curling up in laundry baskets.



Moving House

2008-12-10T14:08:42.254-08:00

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When most of us think of moving house, we think of packing up our belongings in boxes, loading them into trucks and vans, then transporting them and unloading them inside new homes.

But other people choose to take the house with them!
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A motorcycle cop was on hand to block traffic at the intersection, and the power company sent two crews to turn off electricity running through the power lines.

And no, your eyes don't deceive you, that is a man sitting on the roof of the house.
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He has an important job: preventing the traffic lights from colliding with and damaging the roof. Here's a closeup of him in action:
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He's a braver soul than I am, and I hope he's been well compensated for his work. Even though the house was moving quite slowly, this doesn't seem to be a task for the faint of heart.
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It took no more than ten minutes, maybe even less than that, for this home to make its way across the Government Street/Lobdell intersection.



Baton Rouge Magnet High School

2008-12-10T14:08:42.409-08:00

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Here's another "castle" in Baton Rouge: Baton Rouge Magnet High School, built in 1926. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places, and was also named on Sunday as one of the ten most endangered historic sites in our state by The Trust for Historic Louisiana. Although the high school is one of the top-ranked academically in the state, students are learning in a decaying building: water damage from leaks in the roof, falling plaster, decaying bricks. The school board is trying to determine whether the school should be partially or completely renovated, or whether it should be torn down and a new school built. Allumni of the school who hope to preserve the historic front building are gathering support for their cause through a petition drive and a Facebook group.

Here's a fun fact about BRMHS: Elvis Presley played a concert here in 1955...



Preparing For Liftoff

2008-12-10T14:08:42.692-08:00

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When the balloon championships were in town, it seemed like competitors were taking off wherever they could find an open space. This balloonist was inflating in a vacant lot behind CAMD, which is the white building on the left. CAMD is LSU's Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices.



Grab Your Umbrellas

2008-12-10T14:08:42.893-08:00

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Back from the dead . The office has calmed down to a dull roar, so I can start breathing again.

Above is some rain brought by Humberto to my neighborhood on Thursday night. I hope that our drought-stricken southern and midwestern neighbors received some showers of blessing from Humberto.



Tangled Webs

2008-12-10T14:08:43.058-08:00

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Last week, I noticed that under the birdbath, an enterprising spider was weaving. Its handiwork is no longer there - I think the thunderstorm we had on Tuesday washed it out - but the spider has moved on up, to the nearby white oak tree, and is spinning away again. I admire the determination of spiders. If the web gets destroyed one day, the next day start building another.



Why The Delay?

2008-12-10T14:08:43.448-08:00

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I apologize for my inconsistent posting. Nothing serious or tragic has caused the delays, just the usual office chaos. I am crossing my fingers that everything settles down reasonably soon and I have more time to focus on taking pictures and blogging.

Thanks for your patience...

(above photo: Art Building at LSU)



The Return of Rain

2008-12-10T14:08:43.681-08:00

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This may not seem like an exciting photo, but it was very exciting late yesterday afternoon when a thunderstorm broke the monotony of the heat wave. I'm still mastering the art of photographing the rain, so the best photo I could manage was one of a raindrop-splattered patio.



Think Cool Thoughts

2008-12-10T14:08:43.868-08:00

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A third record-breaking day of heat today, and another one expected tomorrow. Sounds like a good time for a spearmint snowball! This is a cup of finely crushed ice that's covered in spearmint syrup which stains your tongue for a day or two. If you don't like spearmint, that's okay, you could choose strawberry flavor instead, or bubble gum, or pina colada, or wild cherry, and I think the snowball stand even had a birthday cake flavor...



Up, Up, and Away

2008-12-10T14:08:44.180-08:00

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During this oppressively hot weekend, Baton Rougeans who were brave enough to step outside during the morning may have seen balloons floating by. It's not a hallucination brought on by heatstroke, thankfully, but a sign that the Southeast Regional and Louisiana State Hot Air Balloon Championship had returned to town. Each day's competition began during the coolest time of the day - 6:30 in the morning.



Heat Advisory

2008-12-10T14:08:44.433-08:00

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Baton Rouge, like much of the southern United States, is under a Heat Advisory today. The high temperature is expected to reach 97 degrees Fahrenheit, but with the lovely oppressive humidity it will feel more like 105 degrees. But look at this nice, clear water from one of the downtown fountains! I wonder how cold it is?

If you're in a hot area today, be careful, remember to drink plenty of water.



Easy Streets

2008-12-10T14:08:44.627-08:00

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This week LSU started up its "Easy Streets" program, designed to make the campus more pedestrian-friendly and to prevent collisions between walking or bicycling students and vehicles. Traffic booths like the one pictured above are set up at ten locations throughout the campus to restrict the flow of vehicles along streets. Faculty and staff who have a special access card will be able to travel along the roads, but students who commute will have to park their cars in the lots surrounding the campus and move it on foot to class, which most did anyway before this program began. It will be interesting to see if this program eliminates those drivers who think that the "Yield To Pedestrians" signs at crosswalks are suggestions for someone else.



August Theme Photo: Breakfast

2008-12-10T14:08:44.852-08:00

This month's Theme is a Typical Breakfast, so above here is the breakfast I ate this morning: a bowl of corn flakes in skim milk, and a sliced nectarine. Then I go to work and eat cupcakes out of the vending machine. There are currently 86 blogs participating in this Theme Day:Saint Paul (MN), USA - Bellefonte (PA), USA - Menton, France - Monte Carlo, Monaco - New York City (NY), USA - Tel Aviv, Israel - Hyde, UK - Port Angeles (WA), USA - Mainz, Germany - Stockholm, Sweden - Paderborn, Germany - Singapore, Singapore - Haninge, Sweden - Nottingham, UK - Ampang (Selangor), Malaysia - Manila, Philippines - Boston (MA), USA - Seoul, Korea - Singapore, Singapore - Joplin (MO), USA - Chandler (AZ), USA - Paris, France - Sequim (WA), USA - Greenville (SC), USA - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Boston (MA), USA - Chennai, India - Madison (WI), USA - Baton Rouge (LA), USA - Toulouse, France - Seattle (WA), USA - Mexico (DF), Mexico - La Antigua, Guatemala - Selma (AL), USA - Wassenaar (ZH), Netherlands - Albuquerque (NM), USA - Cleveland (OH), USA - San Diego (CA), USA - Lubbock (TX), USA - Jakarta, Indonesia - Sheki, Azerbaijan - Sydney, Australia - Mumbai, India - Seoul, South Korea - Cottage Grove (MN), USA - Cypress (TX), USA - Saarbrücken, Germany - Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina - New Orleans (LA), USA - Budapest, Hungary - Kyoto, Japan - Tokyo, Japan - Austin (TX), USA - Singapore, Singapore - Villigen, Switzerland - Montréal (QC), Canada - Stayton (OR), USA - Melbourne, Australia - Silver Spring (MD), USA - Moscow, Russia - Springfield (MO), USA - Inverness (IL), usa - Arlington (VA), USA - Cologne (NRW), Germany - Anderson (SC), USA - Oslo, Norway - Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation - Manila, Philippines - Kajang (Selangor), Malaysia - Maple Ridge (BC), Canada - Bandung (West Java), Indonesia - Stavanger, Norway - Bastia, France - Hong Kong, China - Wailea (HI), USA - St. Louis (MO), USA - Chicago (IL), USA - Rabaul, Papua New Guinea - Sydney, Australia - Bucaramanga (Santander), Colombia - Kansas City (MO), USA - Grenoble, France - Paris, France - Evry, France - Saigon, Vietnam - Prague, Czech Republic[...]



ROYGBIV

2008-12-10T14:08:45.020-08:00

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I was driving to work this morning, and the skies were gray, and I was feeling a bit glum, but as I got closer to the office, WOW! A rainbow!

This put a smile on my face as I began my work day...



Give Me Wings!

2008-12-10T14:08:45.484-08:00

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The slogan for Red Bull energy drinks is, "Red Bull gives you wiiinngs!"

I wonder how often the driver wishes the Red Bull car had wings, to fly over the gridlock on the roadways... ;)