13 Days of Photos: Day 1

Because I keep forgetting the Photo for Friday feature, and because it is the end of 2015 and why not:  13 Days of Photos, Day 1:

Campus Sunset

Campus Sunset
December 3, 2015
Troy, AL

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Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Mr. Prosser says:

    Good contrast with the lamps on the right.

  2. al-Ameda says:

    A very nice album, Steven. I very much liked the 5th one in?
    the silhouette of the sun through high clouds too

    Troy seems like a nice community, I also think that your photos
    bring out the best of wha Troy is (or seems to be).

    Continue to have a good holiday season.

  3. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Meh. I have to be honest and say this one leaves me kind of flat. The colors are nice and the framing is fine and I like the silhouettes of the trees and the students but….

    And I guess that is where I am with this pic: I don’t see what you were trying to capture.

  4. Just 'nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    The campus is beautiful. Must be a really nice place to work, at least setting-wise. I hope the administration, faculty and students match the setting.

  5. James Pearce says:

    Solution to a non-existent problem:

    Someone says an unkind word about Alabama. Produce a wallet-size print of this photo. Say, “I don’t know what you’re talking about. Alabama is awesome. See for yourself.”


    I don’t see what you were trying to capture.

    Ah you know, the ushe: a moment in time, light and shadow, color. I mean, just look at that sky.

    The ancients had to make-up gods to understand the awesomeness of the sunset, and even if you have an intellectual understanding of what’s actually happening –the rotation of the earth, light bouncing off molecules in the atmosphere– the effect is still one of awe.

    Also consider the artistic impulse. Van Gogh would have gotten out his paints and brush. Steinbeck would have used a whole page to describe this sunset, probably from the perspective of a frog on a lily pad or something. Bruce Springsteen would write a song about it, and you know that a CGI-enhanced version of it will show up in the next Spielberg movie.

    I suppose the only reason a photographer wouldn’t take this shot would be if they left their camera at home.

  6. James Pearce says:

    PS. The kid pointing, he’s saying “What’re those?!!”

  7. @Mr. Prosser: @al-Ameda: @Just ‘nutha ig’rant cracker: @James Pearce: Thanks. And yes, we have a lovely campus (and lovely people, on balance 😉

    @OzarkHillbilly: I appreciate the comments. I am just a sucker for a sunset 🙂