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Jul 072015
 

I wonder what goes on down there.  It couldn’t be too secret as you can see the area from up above.  But, anything going on below ground level having to do with government has got to be suspect.  Doesn’t it?  Maybe I just have an overactive imagination or have seen too many secret agent movies.  Or maybe I’m innately suspicious of the workings of government.  Whatever the case, I do know I enjoy walking around the city at night.

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May 292015
 

The inscription reads Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.  Just as true today as it was in 1963 when Martin Luther King uttered those words in his infamous I have a dream speech.  Maybe we’ve gone forward toward King’s vision in some ways yet it seems we have a ways to go as a human culture to achieve any sort of sane semblance of the real meaning behind those words.  After 50 years, at least we’ve constructed a monument to the man and his dream.  Here’s to embracing his dream as our dream.

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Apr 112015
 

Cruising to get in place for the big show.  That’s what they’re all doing.  Getting in place to watch the nightly flight of the bats in Austin, Texas.  Having seen it I know it’s something worth making an event out of.  Or taking someone from out of town to see.  Just get there early if you want a good viewing spot.  That’s what’s smart about having a boat or kayak.  You get a perfectly unencumbered view of the spectacle.

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Jan 202015
 

Walking through the U of Texas campus one evening I spied what I thought was an unusual view of the capital building.  And it also included the top of Austin’s other architectural icon, the Frost Bank building.  I love just walking where my feet take me with camera by my side.

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Nov 252014
 

So many grave stones.  So many lives.  Are they known?  Remembered?  Visited by loved ones?  Or did they simply give their lives for their country and then we all move on?  Hard to know.  All us visitors go there to take in the ambiance and history.  Maybe do some imagining.  What’s it like to be buried at Arlington?  Heck, what’s it like to be buried at all?  Guess we’ll all find out soon enough.

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May 192014
 

The Thomas Jefferson memorial, that is.  It sits in a nice little spot near the Potomac River and its tidal basin.  Just wandering down by the river I decided to roam around the memorial and soak in the ambiance and history.  I was there in the early part of the day and there were few other people there and I was able to amble around unencumbered with only my thoughts and camera.  After spending the better part of an hour in the area, I wandered away to other parts of the mall.

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Sep 282013
 

I’m still not sure what the main feature is in this image.  The partial image of the general Grant memorial?  It does take up half the image.  The Washington Monument?  No, too small.  The sunset?  The guys in the lower right watching the setting sun?  It is, I think, more of a left/right split image.  The horses galloping forth out of the statue into the present scene of setting sun happing now.  Whatever it is, it was a great place to be on that DC evening. grant-washington-memorial-sunset-1

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Jul 072013
 

Abe Lincoln.  Such an iconic figure in American history relegated to the penny.  At least he sits in his place of prominence, overlooking all the goings on from the Potomac all the way up to the capital.  Here, I got up early to catch the morning light shining in on Mr. Lincoln and his throne.

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Mar 172013
 

Do you know how many Union Stations there are?  I don’t either but there are many.  LA, New York, Chicago to name a few.  But this one comes from Washington DC.  I’d been wandering around town all morning as I’m known to do; seeing where my eyes and legs take me; enjoying a warm late summer day.  There are so many iconic buildings and places to explore in DC that it can be overwhelming.  But, it’s mid day and I finally feel like stopping for a while and sitting.   What better place to kill two birds, so to speak, than in a large beautiful building, with hundreds of people, and a place to sit and have lunch right in the middle of it all?  A train station, of course.  This is one of the many views I had while lunching.

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