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Another entry here in my attempt to photograph all 50 state capitol buildings; this particular trip brought me to Trenton, New Jersey. Trenton sits across the Delaware River from the state of Pennsylvania, making this capitol building the only one visible with the naked eye from another state (as far as I know, anyway). In fact, though the photo info reads New Jersey here, I was technically standing in Morrisville, Pennsylvania when I took this sunset shot.

The New Jersey State House is one of the country's oldest; in fact it claims to be the second oldest in continuous use in the country (after that of Annapolis, Maryland). It has been modified and expanded several times since its original construction, however. Its biggest renovation came after a fire swept over it in 1885; much of the building now dates from that time.

This was actually one of the last I took in Trenton; I'd gotten what I thought were a few good shots of the capitol across the river at sunset, and wanted to get on the road as I had a long drive back to Boston that night; suddenly, though, I heard loud noises from down the river. When I looked, I saw a large flock of gulls taking off after some kind of disturbance and heading toward my position; knowing that the gulls perched on rocks where I stood would join them, I got the camera set up again quickly and got several shots of the scene with a flock of birds flying overhead.

Larger version on Flickr, here.
New Jersey State House set on Flickr, here.

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