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T. E. Smith-Lamothe's Snapshots

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  1. entry doors

    Snapshot Title: entry doors
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Old State Capitol, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    In keeping with the castle imagery, the huge entrance doors are embossed to resemble a medieval portcullis, and, naturally, reclining lines flank the top of the staris leading to the doors.



  2. stained glass

    Snapshot Title: stained glass
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Old State Capitol, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    The setting sun reflects off the coloured stained glass --- a rare event when the normally black-looking glazing can glow with the colours best seen from within (or outside at night). The colours do ...



  3. mourning figures

    Snapshot Title: mourning figures
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: State Capitol, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    The statue group on the left represents a fallen soldier's funeral, complete with casket-box. Soldiers of various eras of Louisiana's history (Spanish and French in front) guard the coffin while a mo...



  4. entryway

    Snapshot Title: entryway
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: State Capitol, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    The 50 foot tall entry frame was necessary to make the portal proportionate to the tall building above. It is surrounded by Egyptian-like bas-relief sculptures of agricultural and industrial activiti...



  5. southwest angel

    Snapshot Title: southwest angel
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: State Capitol, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Four giant angels guard the corners of the capitol just below the observation deck on the 34th floor.



  6. Lantern at the top

    Snapshot Title: Lantern at the top
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: State Capitol, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Like a gorgantuan lighthouse, the glass rotunda at the very top is lit at night and can be seen for miles from the surrounding very flat delta land.



  7. tankers

    Snapshot Title: tankers
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Looking North from the observation deck, Louisiana State Capitol, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Baton Rouge is perhaps the last port where ocean-going tankers can safely reach any time of year on the Mississippi River.



  8. barges

    Snapshot Title: barges
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Looking North from the observation deck, Louisiana State Capitol, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    barges are the workhorses of the Mississippi River, pushed by stout, powerful tugs. The barges flat bottoms, like the hull of the historical paddlewheelers, means even shallow water can be navigated....



  9. paddlewheeler

    Snapshot Title: paddlewheeler
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Looking North from the observation deck, Louisiana State Capitol, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Paddle wheel steamboats were once ubiquitous on the Mississppi River because their flat bottoms enabled them to cruise over shallow water over hidden sandbars. A weight and line were thrown over peri...



  10.  older Mississippi Bridge

    Snapshot Title: older Mississippi Bridge
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Looking North from the observation deck, Louisiana State Capitol, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    This is the older of the two bridges spanning the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge. This one is along Airline Highway, so called because of its relatively straight route to New Orleans to the east an...



  11. Our Lady of the Lake Hospital

    Snapshot Title: Our Lady of the Lake Hospital
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Looking North from the observation deck, Louisiana State Capitol, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    A major hospital complex serving not just the Catholic community in Baton Rouge.



  12. new Governor's Mansion

    Snapshot Title: new Governor's Mansion
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Looking North from the observation deck, Louisiana State Capitol, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Both the new and old Governor's Mansion are designed as stately new-classical antebellum plantation homes with white columns and galleries (porches) at both upper and ground levels.



  13. beads

    Snapshot Title: beads
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Mardi Gras balcony in the French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    fifty years ago, the riders on parade floats threw stings of glass beads. If one didn't catch them in air, they would shatter on the pavement. Now the beads are plastic and manufactured in China ---...



  14. Mardi Gras colors

    Snapshot Title: Mardi Gras colors
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Mardi Gras balcony in the French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    purple, gold and green are the Mardi Gras colors and are seen everywhere in the city during the season of festivities. The Louisiana State University sports teams play in purple and gold --- even tho...



  15. Mardi Gras

    Snapshot Title: Mardi Gras
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Mardi Gras balcony in the French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    The ancient French folk tradition of "mumming" is probably a progenitor of New Orleans' Mardi Gras. Opulent balls are held with elaborate costumes and, of course, masks during the Mardi Gras season.



  16. super bowl

    Snapshot Title: super bowl
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Mardi Gras balcony in the French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    The Super Bowl was in New Orleans the week before the panorama was taken. The Baltimore Ravens won over the 49ers.



  17. airboat adventures

    Snapshot Title: airboat adventures
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Mardi Gras balcony in the French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    no one is wearing ear protection --- could be this photo is posed?



  18. Native American

    Snapshot Title: Native American
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Louisiana State Capitol frieze
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    The only male "Spirit" among the central group, this Native American warrior bears a tobacco stalk as a traditional symbol of peace.



  19. French influence

    Snapshot Title: French influence
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Louisiana State Capitol frieze
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Louisiana was claimed by the French (named after King Louis XIV) in 1799 and the first settlers were largely transplanted French Canadians, arriving from frigid Quebec in their thick woolen clothes to...



  20. Southern Belle

    Snapshot Title: Southern Belle
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Louisiana State Capitol frieze
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    At the center of the "Spirits" over the entry portico of the capitol is a Confederate sypathizer, caring flowers for the grave of the "Lost Cause". It must be remembered that the Civil War ended in ...



  21. Native American

    Snapshot Title: Native American
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Louisiana State Capitol frieze
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    A bare-chested female figure carrying a decorated pot frames the west end of the central group of "spirits" which influenced Louisiana culture.



  22. Spain

    Snapshot Title: Spain
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Louisiana State Capitol frieze
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    The spirit of Spain is exemplified b a crowned figure holding a model of the Cabildo, the Spanish capitol in New Orleans on the north side of Jackson Square. A galleon rests on top of the building.



  23. Liberty

    Snapshot Title: Liberty
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Louisiana State Capitol frieze
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Liberty, much like the statue in New York City harbor, has rays of light emanating from her head. She carries an olive branch in one hand and cluster of arrows in the other.



  24. Art-Deco Eagle

    Snapshot Title: Art-Deco Eagle
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Louisiana State Capitol frieze
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    The building was begun in the mid 1930's during the Great Depression. It was also the height of the Art-Deco style of building with its almost geometric decoration ---- the Chrysler Building in New Y...



  25. Iberville or Bienville?

    Snapshot Title: Iberville or Bienville?
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Louisiana State Capitol frieze
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Louisiana was claimed by France in 1699 and European settlers were led by two French-Canadian brothers, Iberville and Bienville who made peace with the Native population and established New Orleans at...



  26. Civil War memorabilia

    Snapshot Title: Civil War memorabilia
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Louisiana State Capitol frieze
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    The battle flag of the Confederate States has a rather central position above the entry portico to the Capitol. The formal flag of the rebellion, the "Stars and Bars" was too easy to mistake for the ...



  27. Missionaries

    Snapshot Title: Missionaries
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Louisiana State Capitol frieze
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    As a French colony, many Jesuits from French Canada made their way to Louisiana to preach among the Native Americans and motley pioneers who sought fortune in the Louisiana territory --- which extende...



  28. Territorial disputes

    Snapshot Title: Territorial disputes
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Louisiana State Capitol frieze
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    As the Europeans encroached more and more on Native American lands, hostilities were inevitable.



  29. French soldiers?

    Snapshot Title: French soldiers?
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Louisiana State Capitol frieze
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Napoleon Bonaparte, eager to replenish his war chests for more adventures in Europe, sold the colony of Louisiana to the USA through the negotiations with Jefferson's Congress in 1810. A Ceremony was...



  30. Andrew Jackson

    Snapshot Title: Andrew Jackson
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Louisiana State Capitol frieze
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    In 1815, Andrew Jackson and his force of infantry regulars, local militia and bayou pirate Jean Lafitte stopped an invading British army at the Battle of New Orleans. Jackson is depicted here on hors...



  31. anchored barges

    Snapshot Title: anchored barges
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Baton Rouge looking south from state capitol observation deck
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    River barges are ganged together and anchored while awaiting tugs to push them up or down the Mississippi River.



  32. Interstate junction

    Snapshot Title: Interstate junction
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Baton Rouge looking south from state capitol observation deck
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    I-10 from New Orleans splits at this point into I-110 which serves northern Baton Rouge and I-10 continues to the right to cross the bridge and head west to Lafayette, Lake Charles, and Houston.



  33. University Campus

    Snapshot Title: University Campus
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Baton Rouge looking south from state capitol observation deck
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    The Louisiana State University (LSU) campus at Baton Rouge has maintained a consistent architectural them of honey-brown brick buildings with red tile roofs, many of which are seen here. The domed bu...



  34. Tiger Stadium

    Snapshot Title: Tiger Stadium
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Baton Rouge looking south from state capitol observation deck
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    The football stadium at Louisiana State University (LSU) is known as "Death Valley" because, statistically, the LSU Tigers do well at home games. Having close to 90,000 vociferous fans cheering doesn...



  35. Old State Capitol

    Snapshot Title: Old State Capitol
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Baton Rouge looking south from state capitol observation deck
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Like some fairy castle, the semi-gothic Old State Capitol building (built in 1849) is set proudly on one of the highest bluffs in Baton Rouge. This was the location of the tall red "stick" (Baton Rou...



  36. USS Kidd

    Snapshot Title: USS Kidd
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Baton Rouge looking south from state capitol observation deck
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    The USS Kidd, a de-commissioned naval destroyer, is docked at the Mississippi River as a permanent floating museum.



  37. riverboat casino

    Snapshot Title: riverboat casino
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Baton Rouge looking south from state capitol observation deck
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    A draw for would-be riverboat gamblers, the Belle Rouge casino floats on. and occasionally plies, the Mississippi, albeit with a fake paddlewheel.



  38. asian version of gargoyle?

    Snapshot Title: asian version of gargoyle?
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Byodo-in Temple, Uji, Japan
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    just as European medieval cathedrals used horrific gargoyles to ward off evil, the temple's roof features guardian dogs, dragons and phoenix figures to insure safety from "the dark side".



  39. carpenter's handiwork

    Snapshot Title: carpenter's handiwork
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Byodo-in Temple, Uji, Japan
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    eleaborate corbeling of the woodwork at the corners enables the roof to canti-lever out from the walls below --- all without the use of nails, just using fine and precise joinery.



  40. curved red bridge

    Snapshot Title: curved red bridge
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Byodo-in Temple, Uji, Japan
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    One of two red bridges which cross the reflecting pond to give access to the shrine building.



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