Demon Of The State

I decided to make a visit to the Utah State Capitol building. I had not seen the Capitol since they completed a major renovation in 2009, and as my folks are in town for a visit, I thought it would be a good way to kill a couple of hours sightseeing.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/80 sec at f/20, 18 mm

The Capitol rotunda is pretty much what you’d expect. Murals and statues depicting elements and scenes of the settlement of the state of Utah adorn the ceiling and alcoves. The granite walls in this structure are really quite impressive.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/80 sec at f/6.3, 18 mm

The outer walls of the rotunda are granite slabs cut length-wise and placed to form mirror images from the granite’s natural patterns. They look like stone Rorschach ink blots, waiting to assess the minds and characters of our state lawmakers. Considering some of my perceptions about the Utah mindset, it should have been no surprise when I saw him there on the north wall, watching from the shadows. But in truth, I was surprised: surprised enough that I asked my father if he saw him, too. He did. When I have shown the unedited photograph I took of him to others, they see him without any prompting from me.

I’m convinced he’s not a projection of my subconscious. I’d even be willing to bet he’s an associate of Gayle Ruzicka, the powerhouse behind the Eagle Forum‘s ultra-discriminatory theocratic agenda.

He’s been given a permanent post as Demon of the State.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/6 sec at f/5.3, 112 mm


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  1. You’re surprised to see OLD SCRATCH at the State Capitol? You expected to see him about four blocks south, perhaps? Well, let’s just say that he and his minions are masters of disguise, and they’re welcomed everywhere the American Express card is, and leave it at that. 😉 In the second photo, I see a winged beast coming out of the top of the left alcove with its wings spread to the left and its face turned toward the center, and I’m not shy about saying so. Gee, how deeply did they mine that granite? Now that I’ve seen your photographs, I think I’d be afraid to be in that building after dark. I suspect that I wouldn’t mind meeting your subconscious projections…but God save us all from the monsters in Gayle Ruzicka’s id! “One cannot behold the face of the gorgon and live!”


      1. I take that as a compliment, Earl, and I have to answer that I don’t know that I ever will. I’d probably have to pick one voice to speak for the whole to do that.


  2. That’s pretty evil…could be the ghost of Buttars. Of COURSE it’s part of Utah politics. I suspected it all along.


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