State Capital State Park, In Salem, Oregon

State Capitol State Park Sign
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A modest sign marked the eastern entry to State Capitol State Park. That said read:

State Capitol
State Park
Closed Daily
10:00 pm - 6:00 am
Smoking Prohibited in
State Capitol State Park
Areas Include
Wilson Park
Capitol Park
Capitol Mall


State Capitol State Park   •  In Salem, Oregon external link   •  The Oregon State Capitol external link   •  (Date Photographed: 15:37:57 Sunday 8 November 2015)   •  (Date Published: Thursday 26 November 2015)   •  © 2015 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C15_5196
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Two Benches With 2x4's
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Two benches were available for the weary but not for anyone to sleep on. A short 2x4 in the center of each prevented anyone tall from lying comfortably on either bench. Autumn leaves decorated the ground around the benches giving them a feeling of peace.


State Capitol State Park   •  In Salem, Oregon external link   •  The Oregon State Capitol external link   •  (Date Photographed: 15:38:16 Sunday 8 November 2015)   •  (Date Published: Thursday 26 November 2015)   •  © 2015 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C15_5197
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Dramatic Trees
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The park was set upon by several dramatic trees. Here, for example, was a tree with branches bowed just right to create benches upon which humans could sit.


State Capitol State Park   •  In Salem, Oregon external link   •  The Oregon State Capitol external link   •  (Date Photographed: 15:38:40 Sunday 8 November 2015)   •  (Date Published: Thursday 26 November 2015)   •  © 2015 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C15_5200
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A Small Bandstand
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A small bandstand was to one side in the park. The base of the bandstand stairs was the perfect place to gaze at a phone while protected from the glare of bare sky overhead.


State Capitol State Park   •  In Salem, Oregon external link   •  The Oregon State Capitol external link   •  (Date Photographed: 15:42:10 Sunday 8 November 2015)   •  (Date Published: Thursday 26 November 2015)   •  © 2015 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C15_5224
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Lone Bench By Many-Armed Tree
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A lone bench had been installed at the base of a tree with many thin branches radiating like sunbeams from its thick trunk. Beyond that tree you can just make out the common parking lot.


State Capitol State Park   •  In Salem, Oregon external link   •  The Oregon State Capitol external link   •  (Date Photographed: 15:43:13 Sunday 8 November 2015)   •  (Date Published: Thursday 26 November 2015)   •  © 2015 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C15_5229
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Tree Hidden In Plain Sight
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A tree on a corner of the park was pruned in just such a way to hide it in plain sight. A bush near its trunk aided in the illusion that it wasn't there.


State Capitol State Park   •  In Salem, Oregon external link   •  The Oregon State Capitol external link   •  44° 56' 19.24" N, 123° 1' 53.89" W   •  (Date Photographed: 15:52:11 Sunday 8 November 2015)   •  (Date Published: Thursday 26 November 2015)   •  © 2015 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C15_5248
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Bench Near Exit
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Another bench installed near the north exit was next to a lamp post. Beyond the bench, two fire plugs guarded a crosswalk.


State Capitol State Park   •  In Salem, Oregon external link   •  The Oregon State Capitol external link   •  44° 56' 20.31" N, 123° 1' 56.38" W   •  (Date Photographed: 15:52:22 Sunday 8 November 2015)   •  (Date Published: Thursday 26 November 2015)   •  © 2015 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C15_5249
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Hint Of Capitol Building
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A hint of one wing of the capitol building was just visible through the trees of State Capitol State Park.


State Capitol State Park   •  In Salem, Oregon external link   •  The Oregon State Capitol external link   •  44° 56' 20.36" N, 123° 1' 56.27" W   •  (Date Photographed: 15:53:47 Sunday 8 November 2015)   •  (Date Published: Thursday 26 November 2015)   •  © 2015 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C15_5252
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Fall Trees
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Autumn was in full swing in November. All the trees that could lose their leaves were doing so in bright fall colors. Note how the leaves covering the grass were densest under each tree.


State Capitol State Park   •  In Salem, Oregon external link   •  The Oregon State Capitol external link   •  44° 56' 20.36" N, 123° 1' 56.27" W   •  (Date Photographed: 15:53:52 Sunday 8 November 2015)   •  (Date Published: Thursday 26 November 2015)   •  © 2015 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C15_5253
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